Berthieu Pre-Season Candidate For Naismith College Basketball Player Of The Year

October 16, 2001
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 16, 2001

ATLANTA, GA, -- Old Dominion senior Lucienne Berthieu (Rennes, France) is one of 30 top female basketball student-athletes to head a list of pre-season candidates for the 2001-2002 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award, it was announced by Jackie Bradford, President of the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The Naismith Awards program, now in its 34th year, honors the outstanding college basketball players in the United States. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of student-athletes in basketball.

The candidates were selected by a vote of the Board of Selectors comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball analysts. Members of the board were asked to name top male and female players who are most likely to be in contention for the award.

Last year's Naismith Award recipients were Shane Battier (Duke University) and Ruth Riley (University of Notre Dame). The first recipient of the male Naismith Award was Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) of UCLA in 1969. Other college player of the year recipients include many NBA standouts such as Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Christian Laettner. The women's Naismith Award, first presented in 1983 to Anne Donovan of Old Dominion, includes recipients such as three-time winner Cheryl Miller of USC, two-time honorees Clarissa Davis of Texas, Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee and Dawn Staley of Virginia.

Berthieu, a Kodak District III and Women's Basketball Journal Third Team All-American, returns to the court following a year of rehabilitation on a torn ACL. During her junior campaign in 1999-2000, the CAA Player of the Year averaged 17.8 points and 8.9 rebound for the Lady Monarchs, who reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Leading the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in scoring and rebound, Berthieu finished sixth in the nation shooting an outstanding 60.7 percent from the floor.

2001-02 Pre-Season Naismith Candidates

Chantelle Anderson, Vanderbilt Brandi McCain, Florida Alana Beard, Duke Tawana McDonald, Georgia Lucienne Berthieu, Old Dominion Plenette Pierson, TexasTech Sue Bird, Connecticut Nicole Powell, Stanford Swin Cash, Connecticut Alicia Ratay, Notre Dame LaNeishea Caufield, Oklahoma Michelle Snow, Tennessee Danielle Crockrom, Baylor Diana Taurasi, Connecticut Stacey Dales, Oklahoma Nikki Teasley, North Carolina Chrissy Floyd, Clemson LaToya Thomas, Mississippi State Catrina Frierson, LouisianaTech Ayana Walker, LouisianaTech Deanna Jackson, UAB Angie Welle, Iowa State Gwen Jackson, Tennessee Tamika Williams, Connecticut Sheila Lambert, Baylor Shaquala Williams, Oregon Kara Lawson, Tennessee Shereka Wright, Purdue Takeisha Lewis, Louisiana Tech DeTrina White, LSU