Wade Trophy
Awarded forThe best female college basketball player in the United States
CountryUnited States
Presented byWomen's Basketball Coaches Association (starting in 2001)
First awarded1978
Currently held byAliyah Boston, South Carolina
WebsiteOfficial website

The Wade Trophy is an award presented annually to the best upperclass women's basketball player in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I competition. It is named after three–time national champion Delta State University coach Lily Margaret Wade. The award debuted in 1978 as the first–ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. State Farm Insurance sponsors the award, and the trophy is presented at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Convention.

UConn has the most all-time winners with nine. Maya Moore is the only player to win the Wade Trophy three times, accomplishing the feat in 2009 (only sophomore ever to win the award), 2010 and 2011. Other multiple award winners include Nancy Lieberman (1979, 1980), Seimone Augustus (2005, 2006), Brittney Griner (2012, 2013), and fellow UConn alum Breanna Stewart (2015, 2016), and University of Oregon standout Sabrina Ionescu (2019, 2020).

Baylor is in sole possession of second in total awards, and is in a second-place tie with two other schools for the most individual recipients. Three Baylor players have combined to win four awards. The other two programs with three individual recipients are Louisiana Tech and Texas, with all of each school's winners having received the award once. There have never been any ties for the award.

Eligibility and criteria

All academically eligible women's basketball athletes, except freshmen, in NCAA Division I qualify as candidates.

Winners

Jennifer Azzi won in 1990 while playing for  Stanford.
Jennifer Azzi won in 1990 while playing for Stanford.
Sue Bird, in white, won in 2002
Sue Bird, in white, won in 2002
Maya Moore is the award's only three-time recipient.
Maya Moore is the award's only three-time recipient.
Breanna Stewart receiving the Wade trophy at the 2015 WBCA convention in Tampa Bay FL
Breanna Stewart receiving the Wade trophy at the 2015 WBCA convention in Tampa Bay FL
Player (n) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Wade Trophy at that point
Season Player School Position Class Ref.
1977–78 Carol Blazejowski Montclair State Forward Senior [1]
1978–79 Nancy Lieberman Old Dominion Guard Junior [2]
1979–80 Nancy Lieberman (2) Old Dominion Guard Senior [2]
1980–81 Lynette Woodard Kansas Guard Senior [3]
1981–82 Pam Kelly Louisiana Tech Center Senior [4]
1982–83 LaTaunya Pollard Long Beach State Guard Senior [5]
1983–84 Janice Lawrence Braxton Louisiana Tech Forward Senior [6]
1984–85 Cheryl Miller USC Forward Junior [7]
1985–86 Kamie Ethridge Texas Guard Senior [8]
1986–87 Shelly Pennefather Villanova Forward Senior [9]
1987–88 Teresa Weatherspoon Louisiana Tech Guard Senior [10]
1988–89 Clarissa Davis Texas Forward Senior [11]
1989–90 Jennifer Azzi Stanford Guard Senior [12]
1990–91 Daedra Charles Tennessee Center Senior [13]
1991–92 Susan Robinson Penn State Forward Senior [14]
1992–93 Karen Jennings Nebraska Forward Senior [15]
1993–94 Carol Ann Shudlick Minnesota Forward Senior [16]
1994–95 Rebecca Lobo UConn[a] Center Senior [17]
1995–96 Jennifer Rizzotti UConn[a] Guard Senior [18]
1996–97 DeLisha Milton Florida Forward Senior [19]
1997–98 Ticha Penicheiro Old Dominion Guard Senior [20]
1998–99 Stephanie White Purdue Guard Senior [21]
1999–00 Edwina Brown Texas Guard Senior [22]
2000–01 Jackie Stiles Southwest Missouri State[b] Guard Senior [23]
2001–02 Sue Bird UConn[a] Guard Senior [24]
2002–03 Diana Taurasi UConn[a] Forward Junior [25]
2003–04 Alana Beard Duke Guard Senior [26]
2004–05 Seimone Augustus LSU Guard Junior [2]
2005–06 Seimone Augustus (2) LSU Guard Senior [2]
2006–07 Candace Parker Tennessee Center Junior [27]
2007–08 Candice Wiggins Stanford Guard Senior [28]
2008–09 Maya Moore UConn[a] Forward Sophomore [29]
2009–10 Maya Moore (2) UConn[a] Forward Junior [29]
2010–11 Maya Moore (3) UConn[a] Forward Senior [29]
2011–12 Brittney Griner Baylor Center Junior [30]
2012–13 Brittney Griner (2) Baylor Center Senior [30]
2013–14 Odyssey Sims Baylor Guard Senior [30]
2014–15 Breanna Stewart UConn Forward Junior [31]
2015–16 Breanna Stewart (2) UConn Forward Senior [31]
2016–17 Kelsey Plum Washington Guard Senior [32]
2017–18 A'ja Wilson South Carolina Forward Senior [33]
2018–19 Sabrina Ionescu Oregon Guard Junior [34]
2019–20 Sabrina Ionescu (2) Oregon Guard Senior [35]
2020–21 NaLyssa Smith Baylor Forward Junior [36]
2021–22 Aliyah Boston South Carolina Forward Junior [37]
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Official athletic brand name was "Connecticut" before 2013–14.
  2. ^ Known since 2005 as Missouri State.

See also

References

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  31. ^ a b "Breanna Stewart of UConn Huskies wins second straight Wade Trophy". espnW. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  32. ^ "Wade Trophy winner Kelsey Plum of Washington headlines 2017 wbca ncaa division i coaches' all-american team". Women's Basketball Coaches Association (Press release). Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  33. ^ "Wade Trophy Winner A'ja Wilson Headlines 2018 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America Team" (Press release). Women's Basketball Coaches Association. March 29, 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  34. ^ "Wade Trophy Winner Sabrina Ionescu Headlines 2019 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America Team" (Press release). Women's Basketball Coaches Association. April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  35. ^ "Sabrina Ionescu adds second Wade Trophy to growing list of accolades". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  36. ^ "Wade Trophy Winner NaLyssa Smith of Baylor Headlines 2021 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team" (Press release). Women's Basketball Coaches Association. April 3, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
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