Fifty Candidates Vying for the 2020 Women’s Player of the Year Honor

 ATLANTA (November 6, 2019) – Today, the Atlanta Tipoff Club released the 50 players on the Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List. The midseason 30 team will be announced in early February, and then the competition will be narrowed down to 10 national semifinalists on March 3, 2020. Following those results, four finalists will be named on March 20, 2020, and the winner of the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 4, 2020.

“The competition for the 2020 Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy will heat up as more players enter the competition throughout the season, but these 50 candidates are the early contenders to watch,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We are excited to watch these women play and compete as we have another great year of college basketball ahead.”

Overall, 11 players on the women’s watch list represent the Pac-12, and the Big 12 is a close runner-up with 10 candidates included. Oregon leads the pack with four players followed by Baylor, the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion, and UConn, which has won more Citizen Naismith Trophies (10) than any other school with three candidates apiece.

“While only one player can win the Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy, each of the players on the watch list has shown the passion and drive worthy of the honor thus far,” said Eric Horowitz, managing director U.S. and travel retail, Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc. “We are looking forward to watching them continue to compete for the title of Women’s Player of the Year.”

2020 Women's Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List

BellaAlarieSr. G/FPrincetonIVY
ShakiraAustinSo.FMarylandBig Ten
BrittanyBrewerSr. FTexas Tech Big 12
DiJonaiCarringtonSr.GStanford Pac-12
ChennedyCarterJr. GTexas A&M SEC
KailaCharlesSr.GMarylandBig Ten
ShayColleySr.GMichigan StateBig Ten
Te'aCooperSr.GBaylorBig 12
LaurenCoxSr.FBaylorBig 12
ElissaCunaneSo.CNC StateACC
JordanDanberrySr.GMississippi State SEC
RenniaDavisJr. G/FTennesseeSEC
ChelseaDungeeJr. GArkansasSEC
HaleyGorecki Sr.GDukeACC
VivianGrayJr. FOklahoma StateBig 12
Ae'RiannaHarrisSr.FPurdueBig Ten
TyashaHarrisSr.GSouth CarolinaSEC
RuthyHebardSr. FOregonPac-12
NazHillmonSo.FMichiganBig Ten
JoynerHolmesSr.FTexas Big 12
RhyneHowardSo.GKentucky SEC
SabrinaIonescu Sr. GOregonPac-12
AislinnKonigSr.GNC StateACC
JuicyLandrumSr.GBaylorBig 12
TyniceMartinSr.GWest VirginiaBig 12
AariMcDonaldJr. GArizonaPac-12
AyanaMitchellSr.FLSU SEC
MichaelaOnyenwereJr. FUCLAPac-12
AliPatbergJr. GIndianaBig Ten
MikaylaPivecSr.GOregon State Pac-12
SatouSabally Jr. FOregonPac-12
ShadeenSamuelsSr.FSeton Hall BIG EAST
KristinScott Jr. F/CIowa StateBig 12
DestinySlocumJr. GOregon State Pac-12
ChanteStonewallSr.FDePaulBIG EAST
SugSuttonSr.GTexas Big 12
MeganWalkerJr. FUConnAAC
PeytonWilliamsSr.FKansas State Big 12
KianaWilliamsJr. GStanford Pac-12
Kay KayWrightSr.GUCF AAC


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 most outstanding 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 Citizen Watch Company, Jersey Mike’s and Werner Ladder.


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