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Basketball Hall of Fame Names Twenty Power Forwards to Watch List for 2021 Katrina McClain Award
Starting Five Fan Voting Presented by Dell Technologies to go Live on Friday, November 13
POSTED: November 12, 2020 -- 10:20 p.m. CT
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today the 20 watch list candidates for the 2021 Katrina McClain Award. Named after the two-time All-American and 1987 National Player of the Year, the annual award in its fourth year recognizes the top power forwards in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.
"From the University of Georgia to Team USA, Katrina McClain was a standout power forward," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "To be named to the McClain Award watch list is a tremendous honor and we're proud to recognize these tremendous student athletes. As we launch our fan voting component tomorrow, we encourage fans to cast their votes alongside our distinguished selection committee."
College basketball fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. In early February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2021 Katrina McClain Award will be narrowed to just 10. In early March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. McClain-Pittman and the Hall of Fame's selection committee.
The winner of the 2021 Katrina McClain Power Forward Award will be presented on Friday, April 9, 2021, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, in addition to the Men's Starting Five.
Previous winners of the Katrina McClain Power Forward of the Year Award include Ruthy Hebard, Oregon (2020); Napheesa Collier, Connecticut (2019); and Ruthy Hebard, Oregon (2018).
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For more information on the 2021 Katrina McClain Power Forward of the Year Award and the latest updates, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #McClainAward on Twitter and Instagram. Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, November 13.
2021 Katrina McClain Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates*
|Maddi Utti||Fresno State|
|Jessika Carter||Mississippi State|
|Sam Brunelle||Notre Dame|
|Natasha Mack||Oklahoma State|
|Taylor Jones||Oregon State|
|Bethy Mununga||South Florida|
|N'dea Jones||Texas A&M|
|Chelsey Perry||UT Martin|
|Raneem Elgedawy||Western Kentucky|
* - Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2020-21 season
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