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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 today Friday, November 13
POSTED: November 13, 2020 -- 12:42 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 Lisa Leslie Award. Named after the three-time All-American,1994 National Player of the Year and Class of 2015 Hall of Famer, the annual award in its fourth year recognizes the top centers in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.
"Lisa Leslie is an icon of the game, as one of the most decorated players of all-time at the collegiate, international, and professional level," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "The student-athletes being considered for the Lisa Leslie Award are without a doubt some of the most talented in the game today and we are very excited to watch them take the court this season. We thank Lisa for her involvement in this selection process, as well as our esteemed committee members and Dell Technologies who makes our fan voting component possible."
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 Lisa Leslie Award will be narrowed to just 10. In early March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Leslie and the Hall of Fame's selection committee.
The winner of the 2021 Lisa Leslie Center Award will be presented at 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 Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, in addition to the Men's Starting Five.
Previous winners of the Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Award include Aliyah Boston, South Carolina (2020), Megan Gustafson, Iowa (2019); and A'ja Wilson, South Carolina (2018).
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For more information on the 2021 Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Award and the latest updates, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #LeslieAward on Twitter and Instagram. Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, November 13.
2021 Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Award Candidates*
|Kristin Scott||Iowa State|
|Ameshya Williams||Jackson State|
|Ayoka Lee||Kansas State|
|Elissa Cunane||NC State|
|Janelle Bailey||North Carolina|
|Shakira Austin||Ole Miss|
|Antoinette Lewis||South Alabama|
|Aliyah Boston||South Carolina|
|Ila Lane||UC Santa Barbara|
|Elizabeth Kitley||Virginia Tech|
* - Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2020-21 season
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