Candice Wiggins Selected to 'Wade Watch'

Aug. 17, 2005

Atlanta, Ga. - Stanford sophomore Candice Wiggins was named to the preseason list for The State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year today, as announced by a national awards committee consisting of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators. Wiggins is one of 25 student-athletes who are members of an NCAA Division I institution and are selected based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.

'The 2005-2006 State Farm Wade Trophy preseason list is an example of the top-notch athletes that contribute to making each collegiate basketball game an exciting new experience,' said Jeanne Lenti Ponsetto, Chair of the State Farm Wade Trophy Committee and Athletic Director at DePaul University. 'These 25 student-athletes represent the most outstanding players on and off the court and we look forward to another outstanding year of women's basketball.'

Out of the 25 student-athletes selected for the preseason 'Wade Watch,' 22 schools and nine conferences were represented.

The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 28th 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 most prestigious award, regarded as the 'Heisman of Women's Basketball', is organized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in conjunction with the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).

The 2006 State Farm Wade Trophy winner will be announced during the WBCA National Convention held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four in Boston, Mass., March 31-April 4, 2006.

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