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Alyssa Rice Named To Lisa Leslie Award Top 20 Watch List

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior center Alyssa Rice has been named one of 20 players nationally to the inaugural Lisa Leslie Award Top 20 Watch List, which will annually honor the top centers in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. The Lisa Leslie Award is in its first season and is named after the three-time All-American and 1994 National Player of the Year.

The Selection Committee for the Lisa Leslie Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Leslie and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.

The winner of the 2018 Lisa Leslie Center Award will be announced during ESPN2’s telecast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award and the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, as well as the Wade Trophy, the sport’s oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award.

Rice has started 93 career games at Kentucky with 43 starts. Last season, Rice had her best season yet averaging 21.8 minutes per game, 4.2 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and shot 41.0 percent from the field. The native of Reynoldsburg, Ohio finished second on the team with 22 blocks last season while leading the team in blocks 12 times. Rice’s best game came against Alabama in the SEC Tournament, scoring 11 points with five rebounds. She followed that performance with eight points and six rebounds against South Carolina the following day.

Rice has shined off and on the court for Kentucky as a three-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. She was recently voted by her peers as the chair of the SEC Women’s Basketball Leadership Council and was tabbed by the SEC to the NCAA Division I WBB Competition Committee. Last year, Rice was named to the SEC Community Service Team for her hard work in the Lexington community.

For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat, or Kentucky Women’s Basketball on Facebook.

2018 Lisa Leslie Award Candidates

Kalani Brown – Baylor

Azura Stevens – Connecticut

Becca Jones – Drake

Erin Mathias – Duke

Chatrice White – Florida St.

Alyssa Rice – Kentucky

Hallie Thome – Michigan

Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State

Cierra Porter – Missouri

Akela Maize – North Carolina State

Vionise Pierre-Louis – Oklahoma

Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State

Marie Gulich – Oregon State

A'ja Wilson – South Carolina

Shannon Coffee – Stanford

Mercedes Russell – Tennessee

Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M

Monique Billings – UCLA

Kristen Simon – USC

Emily Potter – Utah

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