BERKELEY – California junior guard Brittany Boyd has been named to her fifth midseason list for a national award this season after being selected to the Naismith Trophy Women’s Midseason 30 list, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Wednesday.
Boyd has also been named to the midseason lists for the Dawn Staley Award (Phoenix Club of Philadelphia), the Nancy Lieberman Award (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame) and the Wooden Award (Los Angeles Athletic Club), in addition to being included on the initial and updated Wade Trophy (WBCA) award lists. Boyd is one of just four players in the country to be named to all five of those lists, joining Jerica Coley (FIU), Bria Hartley (UConn) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor) as players honored by all five organizations this season.
The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is awarded annually to the men’s and women’s college basketball players of the year. The voting academy bases its criteria on player performance throughout the season. The Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will narrow the 50 pre-season watch list down to a midseason team comprised of 30 candidates, which will be announced in February. From there, four finalists will be selected to the final ballot in March. The Naismith Award winner will be announced on April 7, 2014.
Boyd is averaging 15.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.31 steals per game for the Golden Bears. She leads the Pac-12 in steals and assists while ranking fifth in the NCAA in steals per game. Boyd is the only non-senior on the NCAA’s active Top 25 list for career steals at 248.
2014 Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 List Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame Rachel Banham, Minnesota Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State Brittany Boyd, California Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State Jerica Coley, FIU Diamond DeShields, North Carolina Stefanie Dolson, UConn Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt Markeisha Gatling, NC State Bria Hartley, UConn Jordan Hooper, Nebraska Natasha Howard, Florida State Tricia Liston, Duke Jewell Lloyd, Notre Dame Maggie Lucas, Penn State Tyaunna Marshall, Georgia Tech Kayla McBride, Notre Dame Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina Kaleena Mosqueda-lewis, UConn Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford Theresa Plaisance, LSU Ebony Rowe, Middle Tennessee Shoni Schimmel, Louisville Meighan Simmons, Tennessee Odyssey Sims, Baylor Breanna Stewart, UConn Alyssa Thomas, Maryland Elizabeth Williams, Duke