Allyssa DeHaan Named to WBCA Preseason Wade Watch
Aug. 22, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's basketball junior Allyssa DeHaan was one of 25 student-athletes to be named to the 2008-09 preseason "Wade Watch" list. The list, released by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), on behalf of the Wade Coalition, highlights the preseason candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year.
The Wade Trophy, regarded as the "Heisman of Women's Basketball", takes into account the following criteria for its selection: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability. This season will mark the 32nd year in which the honor, named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade, will be awarded.
DeHaan, who is on the list for the second-consecutive season, is one of two Big Ten student-athletes on the list, joining Ohio State's Jantel Lavender.
DeHaan had another record-breaking season as a sophomore, breaking her own Big Ten single-season blocks record with 150, which tied for fifth most in NCAA history. A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and second-team pick by the coaches, DeHaan led the Spartans with 531 points (14.4 ppg), which ranks fourth on the MSU single-season list. DeHaan became the program's all-time leader in blocks in the Oklahoma game on Dec. 16, and is the first player in Big Ten history to record 100 blocks in two different seasons. The Grandville, Mich., native also led the team in rebounding (7.3 rpg) while ranking second in free-throw percentage (.838) and field-goal percentage (.483). After just two seasons, DeHaan is one of only 17 players in MSU history to collect at least 900 points and 500 rebounds.
The 2009 State Farm Wade Trophy winner will be announced at the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four in St. Louis, Mo., April 3-7, 2009.
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