ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has named five outstanding first-year players to a watch list
for the 2011-12 Women's National Freshman of the Year award.
The announcement of the winner will come at the annual USBWA
breakfast at the NCAA Women's Final Four on Tues., April 3, in
Denver. The event is open to all credentialed Final Four media with
limited availability to others interested in attending the event.
The quintet includes Duke forward Elizabeth Williams (Virginia
Beach, Va.), who helped lead the Blue Devils to a regular-season
first-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Kentucky
guard Bria Goss (Indianapolis, Ind.) did likewise with the
Wildcats in the Southeastern Conference.
The other three candidates are Connecticut forward Kaleena
Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), who helped keep the
Huskies in the Top Five of the Associated Press women's poll all
season to date; Tennessee point guard Ariel Massengale (Boling
Brook, Ill.), and Oklahoma State forward Liz Donohoe (Edmond,
Okla.), one of the top newcomers in the Big 12.
Although these five newcomers have been selected for the watch
list, all freshmen remain eligible to earn the tenth annual award
when balloting by the entire membership begins next Monday.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected a women's All-America
team since the 1996-97 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at
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