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Wheeler Named to Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence Watch List
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 14, 2005
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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

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