The initial list of 51 women to watch to earn the prestigious Naismith Award has been released by the Atlanta Tipoff Club today.
Among the honorees are a trio each from Notre Dame (Skylar Diggins, Natalie Novosel, Devereaux Peters), Tennessee (Glory Johnson, Meighan Simmons, Shekinna Stricklen), and Connecticut (Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Tiffany Hayes). Eight schools have a pair on the list and 13 athletic conferences have representation. The last three awards have gone to UConn players (Maya Moore, Tina Charles, Moore), but with the matriculation of Moore, someone will become a first-time winner this season.
Do you have any thoughts on your early-season favorite?
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