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LSU's Theresa Plaisance named to Wade Trophy Watch List

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ATLANTA – LSU senior forward Theresa Plaisance is one of 25 players nationally who were named to the preseason watch list for the Wade Trophy, which is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.

Plaisance, a New Orleans native, is the Southeastern Conference's leading returning scorer after averaging 17.0 points per game as a junior. She is one of four SEC players on the watch list, joining Tennessee's Meighan Simmons and Bashaara Graves and Kentucky's DeNesha Stallworth.

Plaisance became LSU's first SEC scoring champion since Seimone Augustus, who was also the program's only Wade Trophy winner doing so in 2005 and 2006. Plaisance was arguably the nation's most improved player as a junior, tallying double-figures in all but two games and registering eight double-doubles en route to LSU's first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008.

Plaisance was the only player in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding (8.3 rpg), field goal percentage (43.7), free throw percentage (72.8) and blocks (2.5 bpg). A first-team All-SEC recipient, she heads into her senior campaign fourth in LSU history in blocked shots with 101.

Plaisance leads an LSU team poised for an even stronger finish in 2013-14. The Lady Tigers return three starters and officially open the season in the Sue Gunter Classic against Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 8 in the Maravich Center. The season-opener is also the first round of the WNIT.

Plaisance spent her summer with USA Basketball where she helped the Americans to a gold medal at the World University Games in Russia.

Now in its 37th year, The 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.
 
2014 Wade Trophy Preseason Watch List
Player
Institution
Position
Year
Natalie Achonwa
Notre Dame
Forward
Senior
Rachel Banham
Minnesota
Guard
Junior
Brittany Boyd
California
Guard
Junior
Gennifer Brandon
California
Forward
Senior
Jerica Coley
FIU
Guard
Senior
Stefanie Dolson
Connecticut
Center
Senior
Aaryn Ellenberg
Oklahoma
Guard
Senior
Bashaara Graves
Tennessee
Forward
Sophomore
Chelsea Gray
Duke
Guard
Senior
Bria Hartley
Connecticut
Guard
Senior
Jordan Hooper
Nebraska
Forward
Senior
Maggie Lucas
Penn State
Guard
Senior
Tyaunna Marshall
Georgia Tech
Guard
Senior
Kayla McBride
Notre Dame
Guard
Senior
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis
Connecticut
Forward
Junior
Chiney Ogwumike
Stanford
Forward
Senior
Theresa Plaisance
LSU
Forward
Senior
Ebony Rowe
Middle Tennessee
Forward
Senior
Shoni Schimmel
Louisville
Guard
Senior
Meighan Simmons
Tennessee
Guard
Senior
Odyssey Sims
Baylor
Guard
Senior
DeNesha Stallworth
Kentucky
Forward
Senior
Breanna Stewart
Connecticut
Forward
Sophomore
Alyssa Thomas
Maryland
Forward
Senior
Elizabeth Williams
Duke
Center/Forward
Junior
 
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