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2022 Naismith Women's Defensive Player of the Year semifinalists announced

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The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday the 10 semifinalists for the 2022 Naismith Women's Defensive Player of the Year. The semifinalists are listed below:

Player School Year Position
Aliyah Boston South Carolina Jr. F
Aneesah Morrow DePaul Fr. F
Angel Reese Maryland So. F
Ayoka Lee Kansas State Jr. C
Cameron Brink Stanford So. F
Emily Engstler Louisville Sr. F
Lorela Cubaj Georgia Tech Sr. F
NaLyssa Smith Baylor Sr. F
Tamari Key Tennessee Jr. C
Veronica Burton Northwestern Sr. G

There are two players from each of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and SEC, plus one apiece from the Big East and Pac-12. The winner of this season's award will be announced the weekend of the Final Four.

Here are the past winners of the award:

Year Player School
2021 Natasha Mack Oklahoma State
2020 DiDi Richards Baylor
2019 Kristine Anigwe California
2018 Teaira McCowan Mississippi State

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