Five Huskies Tabbed to Naismith Women’s Early Season Watch List

The UConn Huskies women's basketball team has had five of its members selected for the 2012-13 Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List.

Here's the release:

STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s basketball team had five standouts named to the 2012-13 Naismith Women’s Early Season Watch List as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Thursday morning. Stefanie Dolson, Kelly Faris, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart all earned a spot on the early season list. The Huskies led all schools with their five selections.

UConn Huskies women's basketball logoDolson, Hartley and Mosqueda-Lewis were also named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top-30 and the Preseason Wade Watch List, while Hartley and Mosqueda-Lewis were selected as Honorable Mention Preseason All-Americans.

The 50 player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-2013 college basketball season. The Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded on April 8, 2013, in New Orleans, La.

“With so much returning talent this year, anticipation and excitement for women’s college basketball season among fans, players and coaches is extremely high,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We look forward to watching these student-athletes compete and prove to the nation that they deserve to be recognized as the best women’s college basketball player in 2013.”

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. In March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.

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The UConn women’s hoops team will hit the road for the first time of the 2012-13 campaign as they take on No. 16 Texas A&M on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The No. 2 Huskies enter Reed Arena with a 1-0 record after downing the College of Charleston behind Stewart’s 21 points.

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2012-13 Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List:

Anne Marie Armstrong Senior G/F Georgia
Alex Bentley Senior G Penn State
Kelsey Bone Junior C Texas A&M
Heather Butler Junior G University of Tennessee-Martin
Layshia Clarendon Senior G California
Carolyn Davis Senior F Kansas
Elena Delle Donne Senior F Delaware
Skylar Diggins Senior G Notre Dame
Stefanie Dolson Junior C Connecticut
Aaryn Ellenberg Junior G Oklahoma
Shante Evans Senior F Hofstra
Kelly Faris Senior G Connecticut
Christina Foggie Junior G Vanderbilt
Chassidy Fussell Junior G Texas
Jennifer George Senior F Florida
Angel Goodrich Senior G Kansas
Chelsea Gray Junior G Duke
Brittney Griner Senior C Baylor
Whitney Hand Senior G Oklahoma
Bria Hartley Junior G Connecticut
Tianna Hawkins Senior F Maryland
Tayler Hill Senior G Ohio State
Jordan Hooper Junior F Nebraska
Natasha Howard Junior F Florida State
Kortni Jones Senior G Middle Tennessee State
Maggie Lucas Junior G Penn State
Kevi Luper Senior G Oral Roberts
Ty Marshall Junior G Georgia Tech
Anna Martin Senior G DePaul
A'dia Mathies Senior G Kentucky
Kayla McBride Junior G Notre Dame
Nadirah McKenith Senior G St. John's
Lauren Mincy Junior G Maryland
Lindsey Moore Senior G Nebraska
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Sophomore F Connecticut
Chiney Ogwumike Junior F Stanford
Monique Oliver Senior F/C Rutgers
Chelsea Poppens Senior F Iowa State
Niveen Rasheed Senior F Princeton
Monique Reid Senior F Louisville
Sugar Rodgers Senior G Georgetown
Ebony Rowe Junior F Middle Tennessee State
Shoni Schimmel Junior G Louisville
Naama Shafir Senior G Toledo
Odyssey Sims Junior G Baylor
Shenneika Smith Senior G St. John's
Breanna Stewart Freshman F Connecticut
Alyssa Thomas Junior F Maryland
Markel Walker Senior G/F UCLA
Elizabeth Williams Sophomore C Duke

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