Duke senior center Elizabeth Williams and Wake Forest senior forward Dearica Hamby were named finalists for the 2015 Wade Trophy, awarded by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to the nation’s most outstanding Division I women’s basketball player.
The award, dubbed the “Heisman of Women’s basketball,” is named for the late Lily Margaret Wade, a three-time national champion coach at Delta State. It debuted in 1978.
Williams, the four-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year, is averaging 14.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.1 blocks heading into this weekend’s NCAA regional semifinals.
Hamby finished her career as Wake’s all-time leading scorer (1,801 points) and rebounder (1,021 rebounds). This season, she averaged 20.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
The remaining candidates are: guards Jewell Loyd (junior, Notre Dame), Brittany Boyd (senior, California), Brittany Hrynko (senior, DePaul), Tiffany Mitchell (junior, South Carolina), Courtney Williams (junior, South Florida); forwards Nina Davis (sophomore, Baylor), Reshanda Gray (senior, California), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (senior, Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (junior, Connecticut); and center Amanda Zahui B. (sophomore, Minnesota).
The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 6, in Tampa, Fla.
Campbell: The threat of heavy rain Friday forced a one-day delay to the start of the Camel’s weekend series with Liberty. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack entered Thursday’s finals session at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Iowa with the top seed in the 200 freestyle relay and will be represented in 400 medley relay as well as the 50 and 500 free.
Anderson: Gene Krieger, a four-time Division II and NAIA Coach of the Year, was named the new volleyball coach. Krieger arrives after two seasons with Northwestern Oklahoma State.