Ta'Shia Phillips Earns Spot on Prestigious Wade Trophy Watch List

Ta'Shia Phillips has been named to the Wade Watch.
 
Ta'Shia Phillips has been named to the Wade Watch.
 

July 30, 2009

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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.

2009-2010 State Farm Wade Trophy Preseason List
The preseason candidates for The State Farm Wade Trophy are listed in alphabetical order:

Name

Year

Position

Institution

Jayne Appel

Senior

F/C

Stanford

Jessica Breland

Senior

F

North Carolina

Tina Charles

Senior

C/F

Connecticut

Alysha Clark

Senior

F

Middle Tennessee

Allyssa DeHaan

Senior

C

Michigan State

Alexis Gray-Lawson

Senior

G

Cal

Tiffany Hayes

Sophomore

G

Connecticut

Allison Hightower

Senior

G

LSU

Ashley Houts

Senior

G

Georgia

Jantel Lavender

Junior

C

Ohio State

Danielle McCray

Senior

G/F

Kansas

Jacinta Monroe

Senior

F/C

Florida State

Maya Moore

Junior

F

Connecticut

Jené Morris

Senior

G

San Diego State

Deirdre Naughton

Senior

G

DePaul

Kayla Pederson

Junior

F

Stanford

Ta'Shia Phillips

Junior

C

Xavier

Jeanette Pohlen

Junior

G

Stanford

Samantha Prahalis

Sophomore

G

Ohio State

Andrea Riley

Junior

G

Oklahoma State

Danielle Robinson

Junior

G

Oklahoma

Jenna Smith

Senior

C

Illinois

Carolyn Swords

Junior

C

Boston College

Courtney Vandersloot

Junior

G

Gonzaga

Monica Wright

Senior

G

Virginia

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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About the NAGWS
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About the WBCA
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