ATLANTA, Ga. – Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley was named one of 30 midseason
candidates for the 2010 Women’s Naismith Trophy it was announced today by
the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
The list was voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which
is comprised of leading basketball journalists from around the country. The
board based its criteria on player performances this season.
The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is given annually to the women’s
college basketball player of the year. This year, the award will be
presented at the Women’s Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
A senior from Dallas, Tex., Riley currently leads the Big 12 in scoring at
25.5 points per game and ranks second in the league with her 6.6 assists per
contest. On Wednesday, Riley tallied her ninth 30-point outing of the year,
pouring in 33 points to lead (19-8) to an overtime win against Texas.
The victory gave its fourth win over a top 25 squad this season.
A four-time Big 12 Player of the Week selection, Riley was named to the
final nominee list for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which is given to the
nation’s top point guard, earlier this week as well.
“The consistent theme among these candidates is that they display hard work,
dedication and passion for basketball both on and off the court” says Gary
Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president. “They all exhibit the outstanding
traits that make them worthy for consideration of the prestigious Naismith
Fans Can Vote for Favorite Nominee
Beginning March 22, AT&T wireless customers and sports fans on other
wireless networks will be able to text their votes for the player of their
choice. Fans will be eligible to cast their vote for the winner until 11:59
p.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2010. AT&T is making the voting open to other
wireless carriers, allowing even more fans to participate. Other wireless
carriers must opt-in for their subscribers to participate. Standard
messaging rates apply.