Nicole Powell Named As A Naismith Player Of The Year Finalist

Feb. 13, 2002

ATLANTA, Ga. - Stanford University sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) is one of 20 finalists for the 2001-02 Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year Award.

The Naismith Board of Selectors, which includes some of the country's leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators, began the selection process earlier this year and have reduced the number of finalists from 30 by balloting to the top 20 female players that they felt are most deserving of the award.

The winner of the Naismith Award, which is the most prestigious honor in college basketball, will be honored in Atlanta on April 5, 2002.

Powell is currently averaging 15.4 points, a Pac-10 leading 9.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists overall for the second-ranked Cardinal, and a near triple-double of 16.1 points, 10.2 boards and 6.5 assists in Pac-10 play. She has eight double-doubles and two triple-doubles this season, and shattered the 24-year old Stanford single game rebounding record by pulling down 21 vs. Oregon on Jan. 13. Though just a sophomore, she already ranks 19th in school history in career rebounds with 501, and is currently tied for eighth on the school singles season with 255. She ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in nine of a possible 12 categories, and leads the conference in both rebounding and assists. If she wins both of those titles, she will become the first player in Pac-10 history - male or female - to ever accomplish that feat.

The other finalists are Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt), Alana Beard (Duke), Sue Bird (Connecticut), Swin Cash (Connecticut), LaNeisha Caufield (Oklahoma), Stacy Dales (Oklahoma), Deanna Jackson (UAB), Gwen Jackson (Tennessee), Sheila Lambert (Baylor), Kara Lawson (Tennessee), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State), Brandi McCain (Florida), Michelle Snow (Tennessee), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut), LaToya Thomas (Mississippi State), Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech), Angie Welle (Iowa State), Tamika Williams (Connecticut) and Shereka Wright (Purdue).

The Naismith Award program, now in its 34th year, honors the outstanding college basketball players in the United States. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of student-athletes in basketball.

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