Competition for the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year Begins with 50 Candidates to Watch

 ATLANTA (November 12, 2018) – The Atlanta Tipoff Club released today the 50 names on the Citizen Naismith Trophy Women’s Watch List. The midseason 30 team will be announced on Feb. 11, 2019, and then the competition will be narrowed down to 10 national semifinalists on March 4, 2019. The four finalists will be named on March 22, 2019, and the winner of the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 6, 2019.

“These 50 talented candidates are the ones to watch, and the competition for the 2019 Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy will heat up as more players enter the competition throughout the season,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We are excited to watch these women play as they have another great year of college basketball ahead of them.”

Overall, 11 players on the Women’s Watch List represent the ACC, and the SEC is a close runner-up with 10 candidates included. Notre Dame, the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion and a program looking for a second Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy win, leads the pack with five players appearing on the Watch List, followed by UConn, which has won more Citizen Naismith Trophies (10) than any other school and Baylor and Oregon with three candidates apiece.

“The Citizen Naismith Trophy celebrates the accomplishments of student-athletes who demonstrate through their play the inner drive and passion that mirrors that of our company’s founding members,” said Eric Horowitz, managing director U.S. and travel retail, Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc. “We are looking forward to watching these 50 talented women play this season as they compete for the Women’s Player of the Year honor.”

2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy Women’s Watch List

Kristine AnigweSr.C/FCaliforniaPac-12
Kenisha BellSr.GMinnesotaBig Ten
Allazia BlocktonSr.GMarquetteBIG EAST
Kalani BrownSr.CBaylorBig 12
Kelly CampbellJr.GDePaulBIG EAST
Bridget CarletonSr.GIowa StateBig 12
Chennedy CarterSo.GTexas A&MSEC
Kaila CharlesJr.GMarylandBig Ten
Napheesa CollierSr.F UConnAAC
Lauren CoxJr.FBaylorBig 12
Sophie CunninghamSr.GMissouriSEC
Crystal DangerfieldJr.GUConnAAC
Naomi DavenportSr.G/FWest VirginiaBig 12
Rennia DavisSo.G/FTennesseeSEC
Cierra DillardSr.GBuffaloMAC
Asia DurrSr.GLouisvilleACC
Sam FuehringSr.FLouisvilleACC
Megan GustafsonSr.F IowaBig Ten
Tyasha HarrisJr.GSouth CarolinaSEC
Ruthy HebardJr.F OregonPac-12
Lashann HiggsSr.GTexasBig 12
Joyner HolmesJr.G/FTexasBig 12
Anriel HowardSr.FMississippi StateSEC
Sabrina IonescuJr.GOregonPac-12
Chloe JacksonSr.GBaylorBig 12
Alexis JenningsSr.FSouth CarolinaSEC
Paris KeaSr.GNorth CarolinaACC
Kitija LaksaSr.WSouth FloridaAAC
Kennedy LeonardSr.GColoradoPac-12
Marina MabreySr.GNotre DameACC
Tiana MangakahiaJr.GSyracuseACC
Tynice MartinJr.GWest VirginiaBig 12
Teaira McCowanSr.CMississippi StateSEC
Beatrice MompremierJr.FMiamiACC
Mariya MooreSr.GUSCPac-12
Maci MorrisSr.GKentuckySEC
Leaonna OdomJr.FDukeACC
Arike OgunbowaleSr.GNotre DameACC
Teniya PageSr.GPenn StateBig Ten
Caliya RobinsonSr.F GeorgiaSEC
Satou SaballySo.FOregonPac-12
Katie Lou SamuelsonSr.G/FUConnAAC
Jessica ShepardSr.F Notre DameACC
Destiny SlocumSo.GOregon StatePac-12
Alanna SmithSr.FStanfordPac-12
Hallie ThomeSr.CMichiganBig Ten
Brianna TurnerSr.FNotre DameACC
Evina WestbrookSo.GTennesseeSEC
Kiana WilliamsSo.GStanfordPac-12
Jackie YoungJr.GNotre DameACC

Two Naismith High School Trophy winners, Katie Lou Samuelson (2015) and Jackie Young (2016), made the list in hopes of winning the collegiate honor. Players who did not make the Watch List are still eligible to be selected for the midseason 30 list.


Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious national honors in all of college and high school basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the family of Naismith Awards annually recognizes the top men’s and women’s college and high school basketball players and coaches.  Other Naismith Awards are presented to the men’s and women’s college basketball defensive players of the year, as well as lifetime achievement awards to basketball officials and outstanding contributors to the game. UCLA’s Lew Alcindor received the first Citizen Naismith Trophy in 1969, while the late Anne Donovan (Old Dominion) was the inaugural women’s recipient in 1983.  Corporate partners of the Naismith Awards include the Citizen Watch Company, Werner Ladder and Bona.


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