Nicole Powell Named Naismith Female Collegiate Player Of The Year Finalist

Feb. 19, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today that Stanford University junior Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) has been named as one of 20 finalists for the prestigious 2002-03 Naismith Female Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

Powell is averaging a near double-double of 17.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals for the Cardinal, which is currently 20-3 overall and 12-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference. Powell has scored in double figures in 12 of her 14 games since returning from a back injury, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds seven times. In conference play, she ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in nine of 12 possible categories.

Though just a junior, she has already made a huge impact on the Stanford record book. She already holds the school single season (327) and single game (21) rebounding records, and ranks first in school history in rebounds per game (9.0), fourth in points per game (15.8), fourth in free throw percentage (81.0), sixth in rebounds (709), tied for eighth in assists (406) and 18th in points (1,250).

The Naismith Collegiate Player of the Year trophy is presented annually to the top national collegiate male and female basketball players. Selection for the award is based on a nationwide poll of Naismith National Advisory Board members, NCAA Division I Coaches, former Naismith Collegiate Player of the Year winners, NCAA Division I Conference Commissioners and selected media representatives. The trophy will be presented at the annual Naismith Awards Banquet on Friday, April 11 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The other finalists are Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt), Alana Beard (Duke), Kara Braxton (Georgia), Coretta Brown (North Carolina), Shameka Christon (Arkansas), Gwen Jackson (Tennessee), Kara Lawson (Tennessee), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State), Nicole Ohlde (Kansas State), Jocelyn Penn (South Carolina), Plenette Pierson (Texas Tech), Aiysha Smith (LSU), Stacy Stephens (Texas), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut), LaToya Thomas (Mississippi State), Iciss Tillis (Duke), Kendra Wecker (Kansas State), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and Shereka Wright (Purdue).

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