Feb. 4, 2013
BERKELEY - California's Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarendon are two of eight midseason additions to the State Farm Wade Watch List, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Monday.
State Farm and the Wade Trophy Coalition present The State Farm Wade Trophy to the nation's most outstanding NCAA® Division I women's basketball player each year - one who not only excels athletically but also serves as a positive role model both on and off the court. The acclaimed Wade Watch list, from which The State Farm Wade Trophy recipient is chosen, consists of players selected on the basis of game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Brandon, a redshirt junior forward, has had an All-American season thus far and averages 12.7 points and 11.3 rebounds for the Bears. She leads the Pac-12 in rebounds per game in conference play (12.1) and earlier this season broke a 19-year old Pac-12 record for rebounds in a conference game with her 22-point, 26-rebound effort against USC, a rebounding mark that is the second-best single-game performance by a player in the country this season. Brandon is one of three Pac-12 players and one of just 17 in the country averaging at least 11 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Clarendon leads the Bears at 14.9 points per game to go with her 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists. A Senior CLASS Award candidate, Clarendon became just the 10th Golden Bear to crack the 1,500 career-points milestone. The team leader is also a Naismith candidate and a front-runner from Pac-12 Player of the Year honors.
Joining Brandon and Clarendon on the Watch list, along with the preseason list of 25 "Wade Watch" hopefuls, are Kelsey Bone of Texas A&M, Kelly Faris of Connecticut, Tianna Hawkins of Maryland, Chelsea Hopkins of San Diego State, Niveen Rasheed of Princeton and Meighan Simmons of Tennessee.
The State Farm Wade Watch list will be trimmed to 12 finalists in mid-March. State Farm and the Wade Trophy Coalition will officially announce the State Farm Wade Trophy winner during the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four® in New Orleans.
The complete 2012-13 State Farm Wade Watch list: