LOUISVILLE WBB LANDS TWO ON NAISMITH WATCH LIST
The preseason honors and awards continue to roll in for the Louisville WBB squad. Two Cardinals -- Dana Evans and Hailey Van Lith -- have been named to the 2021 Women's Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List.
The Naismith is designated to determine the best player in men and women's college basketball and 50 players are on each pre-season list. That'll get paired down to 30 in early February, then 10 on March 2nd, four on March 19th and the winner announced on April 3rd. Players who didn't make the preseason list are eligible to make the mid-season list.
It's the first time on the list for both Evans and Van Lith..
Evans, a senior from Gary, Indiana has a trophy case full of preseason honors. Van Lith, a freshman, has also been named on several ACC preseason list, too. For the Naismith, Van Lith, a resident of Wenatchee, WA is only one of two freshmen listed -- the other being Paige Bueckers (UConn).
All told, 11 conferences had players named to the list. The SEC, Big 12 and Pac 12 had nine players each make the list. The ACC was next, with seven. The Big 10 landed six, the Big East had five and there was one player each from C-USA, OVC, MVC, MWC and the WCC.
UConn placed four players on the list ( Bueckers, Olivia Nelson-Odoba, Evina Westbrook and Christyn Williams).
Besides Evans and VanLith, the other ACC watch-list players: Sam Brunelle (Notre Dame), Elissa Cunane (NC State), Kiara Lewis (Syracuse), Tiana Mangakhia (Syracuse) and Taylor Soule (Boston College).
Rhyne Howard (Kentucky) was named to the list and Ali Patberg (IU) also received the honor. Howard made it to the Naismith Final Four last season -- along with Lauren Cox, Tyasha Harris and the winner -- Sabrina Ionescu.
Good luck to our Cardinals and let's see if we can maybe add a few to that mid-season watch list!
|Aliyah Boston||So.||F||South Carolina||SEC|
|Sam Brunelle||So.||F||Notre Dame||ACC|
|Paige Bueckers||Fr.||G||UConn||BIG EAST|
|DiJonai Carrington||Sr.||G||Baylor||Big 12|
|Jessika Carter||Jr.||F/C||Mississippi St.||SEC|
|Charli Collier||Jr.||F/C||Texas||Big 12|
|Zia Cooke||So.||G||South Carolina||SEC|
|Elissa Cunane||Jr.||C||NC State||ACC|
|Aleah Goodman||Sr.||G||Oregon State||Pac-12|
|Vivian Gray||Sr.||G||Texas Tech||Big 12|
|Arella Guirantes||Sr.||G||Rutgers||Big Ten|
|Lauren Heard||Sr.||G||TCU||Big 12|
|Lexi Held||Jr.||G||DePaul||BIG EAST|
|Naz Hillmon||Jr.||F||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Rickea Jackson||So.||F||Mississippi St.||SEC|
|Ashley Joens||Jr.||G/F||Iowa State||Big 12|
|N'Dea Jones||Sr.||F||Texas A&M||SEC|
|Taylor Jones||So.||F||Oregon State||Pac-12|
|Dorka Juhász||Jr.||F||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|Ayoka Lee||So.||C||Kansas State||Big 12|
|Natasha Mack||Sr.||F||Oklahoma State||Big 12|
|Olivia Nelson-Ododa||Jr.||F||UConn||BIG EAST|
|Ashley Owusu||So.||G||Maryland||Big Ten|
|Ali Patberg||Sr.||G||Indiana||Big Ten|
|Lindsey Pulliam||Sr.||G||Northwestern||Big Ten|
|DiDi Richards||Sr.||G||Baylor||Big 12|
|NaLyssa Smith||Jr.||F||Baylor||Big 12|
|Taylor Soule||Jr.||F||Boston College||ACC|
|Maddi Utti||Sr.||F||Fresno St.||MWC|
|Hailey Van Lith||Fr.||G||Louisville||ACC|
|Evina Westbrook||Jr.||G||UConn||BIG EAST|
|Christyn Williams||Jr.||G||UConn||BIG EAST|
Have a wonderful Wednesday!