Ta'Shia Phillips Earns Spot on Prestigious Wade Trophy Watch List
July 30, 2009
ATLANTA – Xavier University women’s basketball standout Ta’Shia Phillips has been voted onto the 2009-10 Wade Trophy Watch List as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Wade Coalition on Tuesday, July 30. Phillips, the 2009 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, recently returned from Serbia where she helped USA Basketball’s World University Games Team bring home gold from the 2009 World University Games.
Last season, Phillips averaged 13.9 points and 12.1 rebounds per game while leading the Musketeers to a 25-7 record and an Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship. For her efforts the Indianapolis native earned mention on the Naismith Mid-Season Watch List and was a Finalist for the Wooden Award in addition to being honored as a WBCA All-District I selection.
The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 33rd year and named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. This highly prestigious award, regarded as the "Heisman of Women's Basketball," is organized by the WBCA, in conjunction with the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
The "Wade Watch" list for The State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year consists of a 25-member list made up of the top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
“I am excited to announce the 25 student-athletes who make up the 2009-2010 State Farm Wade Trophy ‘Watch’ list,”said Jeanne Lenti Ponsetto, Chair of the State Farm Wade Trophy Committee and Athletic Director at DePaul University. “The committee has done a superb job yet again at selecting the best and brightest in the women’s game. This group represents 20 institutions and 10 conferences and if it is any indicator of what’s to come this season, I think we all have a lot to look forward to.”
The 2010 State Farm Wade Trophy winner will be announced at the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four, in San Antonio, Texas, April 2-6.
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The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June of 2000 when the WBCA partnered with The National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). For the past eight years the two have worked together to present The State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year Award. A committee comprised of coaches, administration and media from across the United States selects the winner.
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