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Duke’s Currie Is A Women’s Naismith Award Candidate
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke junior Monique Currie added another preseason honor to her list as she was named one of 50 women’s basketball players to the list of candidates for the Naismith Trophy, presented by Cingular Wireless and the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
The Top 50 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country.
The board based its pre-season criteria on player performances from last season. In January, the Board of Selectors will narrow its pre-season list to the Top 30 players in the nation. Those players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March.
Currie, a junior from Washington, D.C., is expected to have a breakout season in 2004-05 with the departure of Alana Beard and Iciss Tillis. A preseason Wooden Award and State Farm Wade Trophy nominee, Currie owns career averages of 13.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals. She will be one of the favorite’s for National Player of the Year as she is considered one of the most athletic and toughest players in the nation.
Through two exhibition contests so far this season, Currie is averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals, while hitting 60.9 percent of her field goals. Other preseason honors for Currie include ACC Player of the Year, Street & Smith’s Terrific 10 and third team All-America by Lindy’s Magazine.
Duke will open the 2004-05 campaign on Nov. 12 in the Sportsview.tv WNIT against Davidson at 7:00 p.m. The Blue Devils will have a very tough opening two months of the season with the Sportsview.tv WNIT, Penn State, Kansas State, Tennessee and Purdue on the schedule.