Goodman and Jones Make Naismith Trophy Watch List
CORVALLIS – Oregon State's Aleah Goodman and Taylor Jones have both been named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday.
The 50-player list highlights the top candidates for national player of the year. The midseason 30 team will be announced in early February; players who do not make the watch list are still eligible to be selected for the midseason 30 team. Then, the competition will be narrowed down to 10 national semifinalists on March 2, 2021, and four finalists will be named on March 19, 2021. The winner of the 2021 Naismith Trophy for Women's Player of the Year will be announced on April 3, 2021.
Goodman earned All-Pac-12 Defensive Honorable Mention last season, and is Oregon State's career leader in 3-point percentage. She currently sits fourth on the Beavers' career list in 3-pointers made. Goodman averaged 8.8 points and 3.4 assists per game last season. The guard was the Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year in 2018-19, and also earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention that season.
Jones, who was named to the McClain Award Watch List on Thursday, was a Pac-12 All-Freshman selection in 2019-20, and was chosen as an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. She etched her name into the Oregon State freshman record book, setting the freshman record for blocks and sitting second in freshman rebounds and sixth in freshman scoring. The Forney, Texas native averaged 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season, and finished second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 58.3.
Oregon State is one of the most successful women's basketball programs of the last decade, having appeared in every WBCA Coaches Poll since the end of the 2013-14 Season. The Beavers have made the last four Sweet 16's and the last six NCAA Tournaments, including a Final Four appearance in 2016.
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