Jan. 21, 2009
ATLANTA - The State Farm Wade Trophy Committee elected to add five additional student-athletes to the 2008-2009 State Farm Wade Watch List. Rachel Allison (Baylor), Kristi Cirone (Illinois State), Shalee Lehning (Kansas State), Deirdre Naughton (DePaul) and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue) become part of the 30-player pool, which includes 25 selected during the preseason.
The committee chose to add the five players to the Wade Watch after extensively reviewing each student-athlete's contributions to their team and to the integrity of the game.
Allison is currently second on the Baylor squad in scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounding (7.1 rpg) and minutes played (29.3). She became the 26th Lady Bear to earn 1,000 career points during the Texas State game and now has 1,032. A Preseason All-Big 12 selection, she has registered 10 double-figure scoring games in 14 appearances this season, while grabbing six or more rebounds 12 times. She currently ranks among Baylor's all-time leaders in 3-point percentage (No. 7, 37.1 percent), free throws made (No. 9, 280), rebounds (No. 10, 742) and points (No. 24, 1,032).
The 6-1 senior forward/post from Jonesboro, Ark., becomes Baylor's fifth Wade Trophy nominee. Debbie Polk made the list in 1982 while Sophia Young had a spot on the 2005 and '06 lists, Steffanie Blackmon was a 2005 nominee and Bernice Mosby (2007) was the Lady Bears' most recent nominee.
The renowned "Wade Watch" list for The State Farm Wade Trophy is comprised of student-athletes who are members of an NCAA Division I institution and are selected based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June of 2000 when the WBCA partnered with The National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). For the past nine years the two have worked together to present The State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year Award. A committee comprised of coaches, administration and media from across the United States selects the winner.
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