Hardy named preseason Naismith candidate

Lincoln – Nebraska senior Kiera Hardy was named to a list of 50 candidates for the 2007 Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipofff Club announced Monday.

A two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection, Hardy is Nebraska's career three-point leader with 217 in the first 100 games of her Husker career. She ranks among the top 10 players in Big 12 Conference history in three-pointers made. The 5-6 guard out of O'Hara High School in Kansas City, Mo., also ranks eighth in NU history with more than 1,500 career points.
Hardy has helped Nebraska to three consecutive postseason tournament appearances. The Huskers had suffered through three consecutive losing seasons before her arrival in Lincoln. So far in 2006-07, Hardy is averaging better than 14 points per game and leads the Huskers with 21 three-pointers, while shooting nearly 45 percent from long range.
Hardy is one of five players from the Big 12 Conference on the preseason Naismith Trophy list, joining Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, Texas A&M's Morenike Atunrase, Iowa State's Lyndsey Medders, and Tiffany Jackson from Texas.
The list of the top 50 players was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its preseason criteria on player performances from last season and expectations for 2006-07.
"The women's preseason candidates represent the very best in college basketball," said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Sports Council President. "It will be a privilege to add any of these players to the list of distinguished Naismith Trophy winners."
In January, the Board of Selectors will narrow its preseason list to the top 30 players in the nation. Those players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March.

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