Dunlap Named to Wade Trophy Watch List

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Victoria Dunlap, a senior forward for the Kentucky women’s basketball team, was named one of 25 players on the 2010-11 preseason Wade Watch list for the State Farm Wade Trophy, it was announced Wednesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The 25-member list is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade, according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.

Dunlap enters her senior season as one of the most decorated players in UK Hoops history. She was named the 2010 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by The Associated Press and the league’s coaches and was one of the 10 State Farm All-Americans named by the WBCA last year, becoming UK’s first All-American since Valerie Still in 1983.

The 6-foot-1 forward averaged a team-high 18.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 1.9 blocks per game in helping lead the Wildcats to a 28-8 overall record and the NCAA Elite Eight, the school’s sixth straight postseason appearance. Along the way, Dunlap set single-season school records for blocks (66) and steals (107) and became the 27th member of UK’s prestigious 1,000-point club, climbing up to No. 14 with 1,284 career points.

The Nashville, Tenn., native is one of four players from the SEC. She is joined by Tennessee’s Angie Bjorklund, Kelley Cain and Shekinna Stricklen.

The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 34th year and named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. This highly prestigious award, regarded as the "Heisman of Women's Basketball," is organized by the WBCA, in conjunction with the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.

The 2011 State Farm Wade Trophy winner will be announced at the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four, in Indianapolis.

Name

Year

Position

Institution

Danielle Adams

Senior

Center

Texas A&M University

Kachine Alexander

Senior

Guard

University of Iowa

Angie Bjorklund

Senior

Guard

University of Tennessee

Kelley Cain

Junior

Center

University of Tennessee

Elena Delle Donne

Sophomore

Forward

University of Delaware

Skylar Diggins

Sophomore

Guard

University of Notre Dame

Victoria Dunlap

Senior

Forward

University of Kentucky

Dawn Evans

Senior

Guard

James Madison University

Brittney Griner

Sophomore

Center

Baylor University

Amber Harris

Senior

Forward

Xavier University

Tiffany Hayes

Junior

Guard

University Of Connecticut

Shenise Johnson

Junior

Guard

University of Miami

Jantel Lavender

Senior

Center

Ohio State University

Maya Moore

Senior

Forward

University Of Connecticut

Nnemkadi Ogwumike

Junior

Forward

Stanford University

Kayla Pedersen

Senior

Forward

Stanford University

Ta'Shia Phillips

Senior

Center

Xavier University

Samantha Prahalis

Junior

Guard

Ohio State University

Chastity Reed

Senior

Forward

Univ. of Arkansas - Little Rock

Danielle Robinson

Senior

Guard

University of Oklahoma

Sugar Rodgers

Sophomore

Guard

Georgetown University

Shekinna Stricklen

Junior

Guard

University of Tennessee

Carolyn Swords

Senior

Center

Boston College

Jasmine Thomas

Senior

Guard

Duke University

Courtney Vandersloot

Senior

Guard

Gonzaga University