U of L guard Schimmel on watch list

University of Louisville junior guard Shoni Schimmel was one of 25 players named to the 2012-13 preseason "Wade Watch" list of candidates for the prestigious award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced.

Schimmel was named a first team WBCA Region I selection last season after leading the Cardinals in scoring, assists, and steals with 14.3 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.4 steals per game.

She also ranks third on the team in rebounding with 4.5 boards per game. Schimmel was named a first team All-BIG EAST selection and finished league play ranked 11th in the in scoring, sixth in assists, and fourth in steals.

Now in its 36th year, the State Farm Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. Regarded as "The Heisman of Women's Basketball," the award is presented annually to the NCAA® Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and the WBCA.

The BIG EAST Conference placed seven players on the preseason list, followed by the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences with five each, the Atlantic Coast Conference with three, the Southeastern Conference with two, and the Colonial Athletic Association and Ohio Valley and Pac-12 conferences with one each.

Here is the complete list of preseason candidates for the 2013 State Farm Wade Trophy in alphabetical order:

Alex Bentley Penn State; Heather Butler UT Martin; Carolyn Davis Kansas; Elena Delle Donne Delaware; Skylar Diggins Notre Dame; Stefanie Dolson Connecticut; Christina Foggie Vanderbilt; Chassidy Fussell Texas; Angel Goodrich Kansas; Chelsea Gray Duke; Brittney Griner Baylor; Bria Hartley Connecticut; Tayler Hill Ohio State; Jordan Hooper Nebraska; Maggie Lucas Penn State; Anna Martin DePaul; A'dia Mathies Kentucky; Lindsey Moore Nebraska; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Connecticut; Chiney Ogwumike Stanford; Sugar Rodgers Georgetown; Shoni Schimmel Louisville; Odyssey Sims Baylor; Alyssa Thomas Maryland; Elizabeth Williams Duke.

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