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IOWA CITY, IA – University of Iowa senior guard Kachine Alexander has been named to the 2010-11 “Wade Watch” list for The State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year. Alexander is one of 25 Division I student-athletes named to the list.
The list is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade (three-time national champion coach at Delta State University) according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability. The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 34th year, is considered the “Heisman of Women’s Basketball.”
“This is an incredible honor for Kachine,” Head Coach Lisa Bluder said. “The Wade Trophy is the top honor in women’s college basketball, and Kachine is very deserving to be on this list. She is the most exciting player to watch in the Big Ten and it’s great to see the rest of the nation appreciate her talents.”
Alexander was named to both the State Farm Coaches and Associated Press honorable mention All-America teams last season. She was also a first team all-Big Ten and all-Defensive team selection. The Minneapolis, MN, native ranked second in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally with 10.4 rebounds per game, and was only one of two guards in all of Division I women’s basketball to average a double-double (16 points and 10.4 rebounds).
Despite missing seven games with a stress fracture in her right leg, Alexander still recorded 15 double-doubles, which was the third-most for any guard in the country. She averaged more rebounds than nine of the 10 players selected to last year’s Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team and had more double-doubles than seven All-Americans, despite playing between 12 and 14 fewer games than most of the honorees.
Alexander scored double figures in 22 of 27 games played, including eight 20-plus point performances. She had 10 or more rebounds in 17 of 25 games played, including 10 games with 12 or more boards.
Alexander was one of three Big Ten student-athletes on the list. She is joined by Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis.
The 2011 State Farm Wade Trophy winner will be announced at the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four, IN Indianapolis, IN.
2010-11 State Farm Wade Trophy Preseason List
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