IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Kathleen Doyle has been named to the 2020 Wade Trophy Top-40 watch list, the WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Selection Committee announced Wednesday.
The Wade Trophy, now in its 43rd year, is considered the “Heisman of Women’s Basketball.” The list consists of top NCAA Division I student athletes that encompass the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team, and overall playing ability. It is named in honor of Lily Margaret Wade (three-time national champion coach at Delta State University).
Doyle is averaging 18.5 points, 6.3 assists, and shooting 45.0 percent from the field in 26 games this season. In 15 conference contests, Doyle averages 20.6 points and 6.3 assists. She is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 78.8 percent from the free throw line in conference action.
The La Grange Park, Illinois, native is leading the Big Ten conference in total assists (165) and assists per game (6.3), ranking third and ninth in the NCAA, respectively. Doyle also ranks in the nation’s top 25 in in three additional categories, including 12th in free throws made (129), 14th in free throw attempts (164), and 16th in total points (480).
The WBCA will announce the four finalists in mid-March. The winner of the 2020 Wade Trophy will be announced April 2 in New Orleans at the 2020 WBCA Convention and NCAA Women’s Final Four.
Doyle and the Hawkeyes play the second of three straight home games Saturday against Penn State with tip-off set for 2 p.m. (CT). Iowa won the first meeting, 77-66, on Jan. 30 in University Park, Pennsylvania.
For the complete 2020 Wade Trophy Top-40 watch list candidates, click the link.