Wade Trophy

Wade Trophy

The 2010 Wade Trophy
Awarded for the best female college basketball player in the United States
Country United States
Presented by State Farm Insurance
First awarded 1978
Currently held by Breanna Stewart, Connecticut
Official website Official website

The Wade Trophy is an award presented annually to the best women's basketball player in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I competition. It is named after three–time national champion Delta State University coach Lily Margaret Wade. The award debuted in 1978 as the first–ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. State Farm Insurance sponsors the award, and the trophy is presented at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Convention.

Connecticut has the most all-time winners with nine. Maya Moore is the only player to win the Wade Trophy three times, accomplishing the feat in 2009 (only Sophomore ever to win the award), 2010 and 2011. Other multiple award winners include Nancy Lieberman (1979, 1980), Seimone Augustus (2005, 2006), Brittney Griner (2012, 2013), and fellow Uconn alum Breanna Stewart (2015, 2016).

Three schools are tied for second place in total recipients: Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, and Texas have three winners apiece. There have never been any ties for the award.

Eligibility and criteria

All academically eligible women's basketball athletes in NCAA Division I qualify as candidates


Jennifer Azzi won in 1990 while playing for Stanford.
Sue Bird, in white, won in 2002
Maya Moore is the award's only three-time recipient.
Breanna Stewart receiving the Wade trophy at the 2015 WBCA convention in Tampa Bay FL
Player (n) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Wade Trophy at that point
Season Player School Position Class
1977–78 Blazejowski, CarolCarol Blazejowski[1] Montclair State Forward Senior
1978–79 Lieberman, NancyNancy Lieberman[2] Old Dominion Guard Junior
1979–80 Lieberman, NancyNancy Lieberman (2)[2] Old Dominion Guard Senior
1980–81 Woodard, LynetteLynette Woodard[3] Kansas Guard Senior
1981–82 Kelly, PamPam Kelly[4] Louisiana Tech Center Senior
1982–83 Pollard, LaTaunyaLaTaunya Pollard[5] Long Beach State Guard Senior
1983–84 Lawrence Braxton, JaniceJanice Lawrence Braxton[6] Louisiana Tech Forward Senior
1984–85 Miller, CherylCheryl Miller[7] USC Forward Junior
1985–86 Ethridge, KamieKamie Ethridge[8] Texas Guard Junior
1986–87 Pennefather, ShellyShelly Pennefather[9] Villanova Forward Senior
1987–88 Weatherspoon, TeresaTeresa Weatherspoon[10] Louisiana Tech Guard Senior
1988–89 Davis, ClarissaClarissa Davis[11] Texas Forward Senior
1989–90 Azzi, JenniferJennifer Azzi[12] Stanford Guard Senior
1990–91 Charles, DaedraDaedra Charles[13] Tennessee Center Senior
1991–92 Robinson, SusanSusan Robinson[14] Penn State Forward Senior
1992–93 Jennings, KarenKaren Jennings[15] Nebraska Forward Senior
1993–94 Shudlick, Carol AnnCarol Ann Shudlick[16] Minnesota Forward Senior
1994–95 Lobo, RebeccaRebecca Lobo[17] Connecticut Center Senior
1995–96 Rizzotti, JenniferJennifer Rizzotti[18] Connecticut Guard Senior
1996–97 Milton, DeLishaDeLisha Milton[19] Florida Forward Senior
1997–98 Penicheiro, TichaTicha Penicheiro[20] Old Dominion Guard Senior
1998–99 White, StephanieStephanie White[21] Purdue Guard Senior
1999–00 Brown, EdwinaEdwina Brown[22] Texas Guard Senior
2000–01 Stiles, JackieJackie Stiles[23] Southwest Missouri State Guard Senior
2001–02 Bird, SueSue Bird[24] Connecticut Guard Senior
2002–03 Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi[25] Connecticut Forward Junior
2003–04 Beard, AlanaAlana Beard[26] Duke Guard Senior
2004–05 Augustus, SeimoneSeimone Augustus[2] LSU Guard Junior
2005–06 Augustus, SeimoneSeimone Augustus (2)[2] LSU Guard Senior
2006–07 Parker, CandaceCandace Parker[27] Tennessee Center Junior
2007–08 Wiggins, CandiceCandice Wiggins[28] Stanford Guard Senior
2008–09 Moore, MayaMaya Moore[29] Connecticut Forward Sophomore
2009–10 Moore, MayaMaya Moore (2)[29] Connecticut Forward Junior
2010–11 Moore, MayaMaya Moore (3)[29] Connecticut Forward Senior
2011–12 Griner, BrittneyBrittney Griner[30] Baylor Center Junior
2012–13 Griner, BrittneyBrittney Griner (2)[30] Baylor Center Senior
2013–14 Sims, OdysseyOdyssey Sims[30] Baylor Guard Senior
2014–15 Stewart, BreannaBreanna Stewart[31] Connecticut Forward Junior
2015–16 Stewart, BreannaBreanna Stewart (2)[31] Connecticut Forward Senior


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