LOS ANGELES -- LSU senior forward Theresa Plaisance received her second nomination as a National Player of the Year candidate as she was named to the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award, which is presented annually to college basketball’s top player, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced on Thursday.
Plaisance, a New Orleans native, is one of 30 players nationally up for the award, including four from the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves and Meighan Simmons and Kentucky’s DeNesha Stallworth are also on the Wooden Award watch list. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women’s basketball media members.
Plaisance, who is also up for the Wade Trophy, is the SEC’s leading returning scorer at 17.0 points per game. She was arguably the nation’s most improved player as a junior, tallying double-figures in all but two games and registering eight double-doubles en route to LSU’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008.
Plaisance was the only player in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding (8.3 rpg), field goal percentage (43.7), free throw percentage (72.8) and blocks (2.5 bpg). A first-team All-SEC recipient, she heads into her senior campaign fourth in LSU history in blocked shots with 101.
Plaisance leads an LSU team poised for an even stronger finish in 2013-14. The Lady Tigers return three starters and officially open the season in the Sue Gunter Classic against Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 8 in the Maravich Center. The season-opener is also the first round of the WNIT.
Plaisance spent her summer with USA Basketball where she helped the Americans to a gold medal at the World University Games in Russia.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.
Season tickets and mini-plans for the 2013-14 Lady Tiger season are now on sale at www.LSUtix.net.
2014 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Watch List
Name, Height, Class, Position, University, Conference
Natalie Achonwa, 6-3, Sr., F, Notre Dame, ACC
Rachel Banham, 5-9, Jr., G, Minnesota, Big Ten
Brittany Boyd, 5-9, Jr., G, California, Pac-12
Gennifer Brandon, 6-2, Sr., F, California, Pac-12
Hallie Christofferson, 6-3, Sr., F, Iowa State, Big 12
Jerica Coley, 5-8, Sr., G, FIU, Conference USA
Jazmine Davis, 5-7, Jr., PG, Washington, Pac-12
Diamond DeShields, 6-1, Fr., G, North Carolina, ACC
Stefanie Dolson, 6-5, Sr., C, UConn, The American
Aaryn Ellenberg, 5-7, Sr., G, Oklahoma, Big 12
Bashaara Graves, 6-2, So., F, Tennessee, SEC
Chelsea Gray, 5-11, Sr., G, Duke, ACC
Cassie Harberts, 6-2, Sr., F, USC, Pac-12
Bria Hartley, 5-8, Sr., G, UConn, The American
Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Nebraska, Big Ten
Tricia Liston, 6-1, Sr., G, Duke, ACC
Maggie Lucas, 5-10, Sr., G, Penn State, Big Ten
Tyuanna Marshall, 5-9, Sr., G, Georgia Tech, ACC
Kayla McBride, 5-11, Sr., G, Notre Dame, ACC
Xylina McDaniel, 6-2, So., F, North Carolina, ACC
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, 6-0, Jr., F, UConn, The American
Chiney Ogwumike#, 6-4, Sr., F, Stanford, Pac-12
Theresa Plaisance, 6-5, Sr., F, LSU, SEC
Shoni Schimmel, 5-6, Jr., G, Louisville, The American
Meighan Simmons, 5-9, Sr., G, Tennessee, SEC
Odyssey Sims#, 5-8, Sr., G, Baylor, Big 12
DeNesha Stallworth, 6-3, Sr., F, Kentucky, SEC
Breanna Stewart, 6-4, So., F, UConn, The American
Alyssa Thomas, 6-2, Sr., F, Maryland, ACC
Elizabeth Williams, 6-3, Jr., C/F, Duke, ACC