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The State Farm Wade Trophy Committee along with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) announced in Tampa at the Final Four that Stanford senior Candice Wiggins, a member of the

USA National Team Member Candice Wiggins Awarded Wade Trophy

The State Farm Wade Trophy Committee along with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) announced that Stanford senior Candice Wiggins, a member of the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's National Team, has been named the 2008 State Farm Wade Trophy recipient as the National Player of the Year.

�Candice Wiggins demonstrates what this award is all about,� said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. �She is not only a force on the court, but is also a great role model to the community. I am certain Lily Margaret Wade would be pleased to know Candice is receiving this award in her honor.�

Wiggins, a member of the 2008 State Farm Coaches� All-America Team, is just the seventh player in Division I history to earn the All-America honors each of her four seasons on the court. This season, the senior guard earned Pacific-10 Player of the Year accolades for the third time, becoming the only women�s basketball player in Pac-10 history to accomplish such a feat. This is Wiggins� first national player of the year honor, though the United States Basketball Writers Association named her Co-Freshman of the Year in 2005.

Wiggins is the Pac-10�s leading scorer, averaging 20.2 points per game in 2007-08. She recently became the first player in NCAA history to record two 40-point performances in the NCAA Tournament, dropping a career-high 44 points against University of Texas at El Paso in the second round and 41 points versus No. 1 seed Maryland in the Elite Eight.

Wiggins, the Pac-10 and Stanford�s all-time leading scorer, has also been a leader in the community. The San Diego, Calif., native is one of 10 finalists forthe Lowe�s Senior CLASS Award, which honors the player that excels in the areas of classroom, community, character and competition.

Winning a combined 29 gold medals in major international competitions, the 2008 State Farm Wade Trophy finalists included: Matee Ajavon, Essence Carson, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles, Crystal Langhorne, Erlana Larkins, Angel McCoughtry, Renee Montgomery, Courtney Paris, Candace Parker, Kristi Toliver and Wiggins.

The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators. Members of the committee will select the winner of The State Farm Wade Trophy from the 10-member Division I State Farm Coaches� All-America Team and will be announced at the State Farm Coaches� All-America Team Press Conference and The State Farm Wade Trophy Announcement during the WBCA National Convention on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 9:45 a.m. (ET).

2008 State Farm Wade Trophy Finalists:
Name School
Year
USA Basketball Experience
Matee Ajavon Rutgers
Sr.
2007 Pan American Games (5-0 / Gold)
2003 Youth Development Festival (5-0 / Gold)
Essence Carson Rutgers
Sr.
2007 U21 World Championship (8-0 / Gold)
2006 U20 National Team (5-0 / Gold)
2005 U19 World Championship (8-0 / Gold)
2004 U18 National Team (5-0 / Gold)
Tina Charles Connecticut
So.
2006 U18 National Team (4-0 / Gold)
2005 Youth Development Festival (3-2 / Bronze)
Sylvia Fowles LSU
Sr.
2007-08 USA National Team (n/a)
2007 USA National Team (4-0 / n/a)
2006 USA National Team (4-1 / First Place)
2005 World University Games (7-0 / Gold)
2003 Youth Development Festival (2-3 / Silver)
Crystal Langhorne Maryland
Sr.
2007 U21 World Championship (8-0 / Gold)
2005 U19 World Championship (8-0 / Gold)
2003 Youth Development Festival (5-0 / Gold)
Erlana Larkins North Carolina
Sr.
2007 Pan American Games (5-0 / Gold)
2006 U20 National Team (5-0 / Gold)
2005 U19 World Championship (8-0 / Gold)
2004 U18 National Team (5-0 / Gold)
Angel McCoughtry Louisville
Jr.
2007 Pan American Games (5-0 / Gold)
Renee Montgomery Connecticut
Jr.
2006 U20 National Team (5-0 / Gold)
2004 Youth Development Festival (1-4 / Fourth)
Courtney Paris Oklahoma
Jr.
2007-08 USA National Team (n/a)
2007 FIBA Americas Championship (5-0 / Gold)
2007 USA National Team (6-0 / n/a)
2007 U21 World Championship (8-0 / Gold)
2006 U20 National Team (5-0 / Gold)
2005 U19 World Championship (8-0 / Gold)
2004 U18 National Team (5-0 / Gold)
2004 Youth Development Festival (5-0 / Gold)
Candace Parker Tennessee
Sr.
2008 USA National Team (n/a)
2007 FIBA Americas Championship (5-0 / Gold)
2007 USA National Team (2-0 / n/a)
2006 World Championship (8-1 / Bronze)
2006 USA National Team (4-1 / First Place)
2004 U18 National Team (5-0 / Gold)
2003 Youth Development Festival (1-4 / Fourth Place)
Kristi Toliver Maryland
Jr.
2004 Youth Development Festival (1-4 / Fourth Place)
Candice Wiggins Stanford
Sr.
2007-08 USA National Team (n/a)
2007 USA National Team (2-0 / n/a)
2007 Pan American Games (5-0 / Gold)
2007 U21 World Championship (8-0 / Gold)
2005 U19 World Championship (8-0 / Gold)
2004 U18 National Team (5-0 / Gold)
2003 Youth Development Festival (2-3 / Bronze)

The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 31st year is named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. This most prestigious award, regarded as �The Heisman of Women�s Basketball�, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball.

Last year�s State Farm Wade Trophy winner was Tennessee�s Candace Parker. The first recipient of the Wade Trophy was Carol Blazejowski of Montclair State in 1978. Other Wade Trophy/NCAA Division I Player of the Year recipients include many WNBA standouts such as Teresa Weatherspoon (1988), DeLisha Milton-Jones (1997), Ticha Penicheiro (1998), Sue Bird (2002) and Diana Taurasi (2003). Seimone Augustus (2005 and 2006) and Nancy Lieberman (1979 and 1980) are the award�s only two-time recipients.

The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June of 2000 when the WBCA partnered with The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). For the past eight years the two have worked together to present The State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year Award. A committee comprised of coaches, administration and media from across the United States selects the winner.