ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ?- Arizona point guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is among 36 women’s basketball players named to the Watch List for the third annual Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence presented by Creamland Dairies, the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) today announced. The award, which honors college seniors for their athletic and academic achievement, as well as their community involvement, will be presented April 12.
"Creamland Dairy is very pleased to be a proud title sponsor for the past three years of this great event to honor those students who have excelled in their academics and in their community," said Howard Miller, Creamland Dairies General Manager. "These athletes are the next generation of leaders in our communities."
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize these outstanding student-athletes for their contributions to their local communities and universities," said Dan Ballou, sports marketing director at ACVB. "We also appreciate Creamland Dairies for their continued support of this recognition event."
The collegiate nominees will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on March 1. Three finalists will then be named during the NCAA Tournament and will be presented in Albuquerque at an awards dinner held at the Albuquerque Marriott. Jimmy Dykes, ESPN College Basketball Analyst, will emcee the event, and Citadel Communications Sports Radio 610 The Sports Animal and News Radio 770 KKOB are official media sponsors.
Every NCAA Division I school had the opportunity to nominate their men and women student-athletes who are competing in their senior year.
The complete Watch List follows.
Katie Billie, Alabama
Courtney Boynton, Lipscomb
Jamie Cavey, Iowa
Liz Dancause, George Washington
Jessica DePalo, Lehigh
Jessalyn Deveny, Boston College
Kate Endress, Ball State
Katie Feenstra, Liberty
Kate Flavin, Richmond
Julie Gjertsen, Weber State
Shareese Grant, Old Dominion
Laney Harris, Furman
Becky Heidotten, Tulsa
Katie Houlehan, Missouri-Kansas City
Sandora Irvin, Texas Christian
Erin Jaschik, Columbia
Jina Johansen, Nebraska
Kristin Keller, Marist College (N.Y.)
Jennifer Lacy, Pepperdine
Nicole Lehman, Southwest Missouri State
Claudia Louis, Oral Roberts
Tiara Malcom, Delaware
Anna Montanana, George Washington
Mandi Moore, New Mexico
Tiffany Mor, Wisconsin-Green Bay
Kay Odenwaeider, Fairleigh Dickinson
Joann Overstreet, Houston
Megan Roney, Missouri
Nina Stone, Oklahoma State
Lauren Surber, Siena College
Beth Swink, Saint Francis (Pa.)
Kristal Tharp, Liberty
Kendra Wecker, Kansas State
Dee-Dee Wheeler, Arizona
Francesca Vanin, Northeastern
Tan White, Mississippi State