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James Named Naismith Trophy Candidate

James Named Naismith Trophy Candidate

Nov. 9, 2004

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami’s Tamara James has been named a pre-season candidate for the 2004 Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, as announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The Naismith Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate player of the year.

James, a junior forward who hails from Dania, Fla., was tabbed a preseason All-ACC selection earlier this season as voted on by members of the conference media. Last season, she earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors after leading the Hurricanes with 16.6 points per game and became only the 17th player in UM history to score 1,000 career points. During her freshman campaign in 2002-03, James became the only freshman in the history of the BIG EAST Conference to lead the league in scoring, averaging 21.0 points per game.

James was one of 50 candidates nominated by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, who will narrow the pre-season list 30 in January before voting on the final ballot in March.

James and the Hurricanes will open the 2004-05 season November 19, hosting the Miami Jam, featuring Gardner Webb, UCLA and TCU, at the Convocation Center in Coral Gables.

2004-05 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year Pre-season Candidates

Player	Height	Class	Position	SchoolSeimone Augustus	6'1"	Jr.	Guard	LSUSherrill Baker	5'8"	Jr.	Guard	GeorgiaJacqueline Batteast	6'2"	Sr.	Forward	Notre DameStephanie Blackmon	6'2"	Sr.	Forward	BaylorNikki Blue	5'8"	Jr.	Guard	UCLANatasha Brackett	5'9"	Sr.	Guard	AuburnJamie Carey	5'6"	Sr.	Guard	TexasMonique Currie	6'0"	Jr.	Guard	DukeJessica Deveney	5'9"	Sr.	Guard	Boston CollegeShay Doron	5'9"	So.	Guard	MarylandShyra Ely	6'2"	Sr.	Forward	TennesseeEmily Faurholt	5'11"	Jr.	Forward	IdahoKatie Feenstra	6'8"	Sr.	Center	LibertyKatie Gearlds	6'1"	So.	Guard	PurdueErin Grant	5'8"	Jr.	Guard	Texas TechSandora Irvin	6'3"	Sr.	Forward	TCUDionnah Jackson	5'9"	Sr.	Guard	OklahomaTiffany Jackson	6'3"	So.	Forward	TexasTamara James	5'10"	Jr.	Forward	MiamiTemeka Johnson	5'3"	Sr.	Guard	LSUAlexis Kendrick	5'7"	Jr. 	Guard	GeorgiaLaurie Koehn	5'8"	Sr.	Guard	Kansas StateCathrine Kraayeveld	6'4"	Sr.	Forward	OregonIvory Latta	5'6"	So.	Guard	North CarolinaCamille Little	6'1"	So.	Guard/Forward	North CarolinaSancho Lyttle	6'4"	Sr.	Center/Forward	HoustonKristen Mann	6'2"	Sr.	Forward	UC-Santa BarbaraJanel McCarville	6'2"	Sr.	Forward	MinnesotaJessica Moore	6'3"	Sr.	Center/Forward	ConnecticutLoree Moore	5'9"	Sr.	Guard	TennesseeBernice Mosby	6'1"	Jr.	Forward	FloridaChelsea Newton	5'11"	Sr.	Guard	RutgersShawntinice Polk	6'5"	Jr.	Center	ArizonaCappie Pondexter	5'9"	Sr.	Guard	RutgersNoelle Quinn	6'0"	So.	Guard	UCLAKathrin Ress	6'4"	So.	Forward	Boston CollegeAlesha Robertson	6'0"	So.	Forward	Texas TechHeather Schreiber	6'2"	Sr.	Forward	TexasKhara Smith	6'2"	Jr.	Forward	DePaulKim Smith	6'1"	So.	Forward	UtahAnn Strother	6'2"	Jr.	Guard	ConnecticutKelley Suminski	5'9"	Sr.	Guard	StanfordCarla Thomas	6'3"	So.	Forward	VanderbiltBarbara Turner	6'0"	Jr.	Guard/Forward	ConnecticutKendra Wecker	5'11"	Sr.	Forward	Kansas StateDee-Dee Wheeler	5'6"	Sr.	Guard	ArizonaTan White	5'8"	Sr.	Guard	Mississippi StateTanisha Wright	5'11"	Sr.	Guard	Penn StateSophia Young	6'1"	Jr.	Forward	BaylorShanna Zolman	5'10"	Jr.	Guard	Tennessee