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Wheeler Candidate for National Point Guard of the Year
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Jan. 20, 2004

University of Arizona junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is among 22 women's basketball players under consideration for The Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation for the 2003-04 season.

The award, presented by the Rotary Club of Detroit, honors the nation's top collegiate point guard in women's Division I basketball. In looking for the finest point guard, the criterion for the award will be the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters from across the country will nominate the finalists and eventual winner. The 2004 award will be presented on April 21, 2004, in Detroit, Mich.

The list of this year's candidates includes Wheeler, last year's winner Diana Taurasi (Connecticut), Jamie Carey (Texas), Erin Grant (Texas Tech), Temeka Johnson (LSU), Laurie Koehn (Kansas State), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State), Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota). Wheeler is the only Pac-10 player on the list.


Wheeler has started all 18 games for the Wildcats this season. She leads Arizona in scoring (17.4 ppg), assists (5.1 apg) and steals (2.50 spg) and is among the Pac-10 leaders in season field goal percentage (.474).

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Candidates for 2004 Nancy Lieberman Award
Jamie Carey - Texas
Erin Grant - Texas Tech
Lindsey Harding - Duke
Maria Jilian - Western Michigan
Temeka Johnson - LSU
Valerie King - Cincinnati
Laurie Koehn - Kansas State
Ivory Latta - North Carolina
Kelly Mazzante - Penn State
Sara Nord - Louisville
Nina Norman - Texas
Amber Obaze - Louisiana Tech
Yolanda Paige - West Virginia
Cappie Pondexter - Rutgers
Diana Taurasi - Connecticut
Erika Valek - Purdue
Lindsay Whalen - Minnesota
Dee-Dee Wheeler - Arizona
Tan White - Mississippi State
Shante Williams - Florida State
Toccara Williams - Texas A&M
Sparkle Anderson - Cal Poly

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