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Grothaus Named to Lisa Leslie Award Watch List

Oct 21, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Washington senior center Emma Grothaus is among 20 players named to the 2023 Lisa Leslie Award watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

Named after the three-time All-American,1994 National Player of the Year and Class of 2015 Hall of Famer, the annual award in its sixth year recognizes the top centers in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

Grothaus enters the 2022-23 season with 103 games played, and has recorded 1,014 points, 679 rebounds, 120 assists, 97 steals, and 109 blocks while shooting 42% from the field in four years at Lehigh.

The Mahtomedi, Minn. native played in 30 games in 2021-22 for Lehigh, having averaged 12.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, recording 10 games with a double-double, and finishing the season among Patriot League leaders in rebounding (fifth), field goal percentage (second, 44.8%), and blocked shots per game (second, 1.8).

Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, in each of the three rounds starting Friday, Oct. 21. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2023 Lisa Leslie Award will be narrowed to 10 and then in late February to just five. In March the five finalists will be presented to Leslie and the Hall of Fame's selection committee where a winner will be selected. 

The winner of the 2023 Lisa Leslie Award will be presented on a to be determined date, along with the other four members of the Women's Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Award (Point Guard), Ann Meyers Drysdale Award (Shooting Guard), Cheryl Miller Award (Small Forward) and the Katrina McClain Award (Power Forward), in addition to the Men's Starting Five.