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Wednesday, November 18, 2020



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!  

THE 50

2021 Women’s Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List

Aliyah BostonSo.FSouth CarolinaSEC
Sam BrunelleSo.FNotre DameACC
Paige BueckersFr.GUConnBIG EAST
DiJonai CarringtonSr.GBaylorBig 12
Jessika CarterJr.F/CMississippi St.SEC
Charli CollierJr.F/CTexasBig 12
Zia CookeSo.GSouth CarolinaSEC
Elissa CunaneJr.CNC StateACC
Rennia DavisSr.G/FTennesseeSEC
Chelsea DungeeSr.GArkansasSEC
Dana EvansSr.GLouisvilleACC
Aleah GoodmanSr.GOregon StatePac-12
Vivian GraySr.GTexas TechBig 12
Arella GuirantesSr.GRutgersBig Ten
Lauren HeardSr.GTCUBig 12
Lexi HeldJr.GDePaulBIG EAST
Naz HillmonJr.FMichiganBig Ten
Rhyne HowardJr.GKentuckySEC
Lexie HullJr.GStanfordPac-12
Rickea JacksonSo.FMississippi St.SEC
Ashley JoensJr.G/FIowa StateBig 12
Haley JonesSo.GStanfordPac-12
N'Dea JonesSr.FTexas A&MSEC
Taylor JonesSo.FOregon StatePac-12
Dorka JuhászJr.FOhio StateBig Ten
Ayoka LeeSo.CKansas StateBig 12
Kiara LewisSr.GSyracuseACC
Natasha MackSr.FOklahoma StateBig 12
Tiana MangakahiaSr.GSyracuseACC
Aari McDonaldSr.GArizonaPac-12
Nancy MulkeySr.CRiceC-USA
Olivia Nelson-OdodaJr.FUConnBIG EAST
Michaela OnyenwereSr.FUCLAPac-12
Ashley OwusuSo.GMarylandBig Ten
Ali PatbergSr. GIndianaBig Ten
Chelsey PerrySr.FTennessee-MartinOVC
Lasha PetreeJr.GBradleyMVC
Alissa PiliSo.FUSCPac-12
Lindsey PulliamSr.GNorthwesternBig Ten
Cate ReeseJr.FArizonaPac-12
DiDi RichardsSr.GBaylorBig 12
Destiny SlocumSr.GArkansasSEC
NaLyssa SmithJr.FBaylorBig 12
Taylor SouleJr.FBoston CollegeACC
Jill TownsendSr.GGonzagaWCC
Maddi UttiSr.FFresno St.MWC
Hailey Van LithFr.GLouisvilleACC
Evina WestbrookJr.GUConnBIG EAST
Christyn WilliamsJr.GUConnBIG EAST
Kiana WilliamsSr.GStanfordPac-12

Have a wonderful Wednesday!



  1. What a great honor for the Cardinals! I do see a bit of PAC 12 and SEC bias here though. And not much love for the ACC. Where's Ivana Raca? Janelle Bailey? I think those two are poised to have huge seasons also.

    Nick O.

  2. Great for both! So impressed that Van Lith is on the list as a freshman. Really looking forward to seeing her play.

    Curtis "Be Kind" Franklin

  3. To Great guards with high expectations!
    Love Dana's game Can't wait to Hailey's game.Ps I also want to see Nyah's & Ramani's game.

    1. For sure, it's a golden time for Cards WBB right now in terms of talent, I can go down the roster, look at each name and have that sense of anticipation.



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