DeWanna Bonner Named One Of 12 Finalists For State Farm Wade Trophy
March 24, 2009
ATLANTA - Auburn senior DeWanna Bonner was named one of 12 finalists for the State Farm Wade Trophy for the national player of the year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Announced Tuesday.
"I look forward to announcing the 12 finalists for the State Farm Wade Trophy each year as it honors the best-of-the best, and this year is no exception," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "This group of young women has a unique blend of talent on the court and despite their limited time, they also serve as positive role models to those in their communities. We want to applaud them for all they do."
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 4, 2009, at 9:45 a.m. CT.
"State Farm is extremely proud to recognize and congratulate these 12 outstanding athletes as finalists for the 2009 State Farm Wade Trophy", said Pam El, Marketing Vice President for State Farm. "Their dedication and commitment epitomize the true meaning of student-athlete and they are all very deserving of this great honor".
Bonner is joined on the list by Stanford's Jayne Appel, Connecticut's Tina Charles, Maryland's Marissa Coleman, Ohio State's Jantel Lavender, Louisville's Angel McCoughtry, Connecticut's Renee Montgomery, Connecticut's Maya Moore, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, Maryland's Kristi Tolliver, California's Ashley Walker and Virginia's Monica Wright.
Bonner has put together one of the most impressive careers ever at Auburn. The SEC Player of the Year and National Player of the Year finalist, she broke the Auburn career scoring record during the Ole Miss game at the SEC Tournament. She finished her career with 2,162 points, nearly 100 more than the former school record.
She also finished her career as one of Auburn's top rebounders, taking second all-time with 1,047 rebounds, placing her in an exclusive club of only three Tigers to ever finish their career with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Listed in the top 10 in every major statistical category at Auburn, she also ranks sixth in blocks, seventh in steals, first in free throws, fourth in field goals and 10th in 3-pointers.
Bonner led the SEC in scoring in scoring this season, becoming the first Auburn player to ever earn the honor. She also ranked 10th in the country in scoring while setting the Auburn single-season scoring record with 716 points, 21.1 per game.
She led Auburn to a 30-4 record in the 2008-09 season and its second NCAA Tournament appearance in as many years. The Tigers also won the SEC regular-season title, Auburn's first conference championship since 1989.
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