ATLANTA—Marquette University senior Allazia Blockton
is one of 50 named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Women's Watch List, announced on Monday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The midseason 30 team will be announced Feb. 11 and then narrowed to 10 national semifinalists on March 4, 2019. The four finalists are named on March 22, 2019 with the winner of the 2019 award for Women's Player of the Year is announced April 6, 2019.
Blockton is garnering national attention as she is also a member of the 20-person Ann Meyers Drysdale Watch List. The Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year opened the season guiding No. 19/19 Marquette to a 3-0 record behind 21.3 points per game and 59.1 percent shooting from the field.
"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."
ABOUT THE ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB
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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