- Sep 9, 2015
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Minnesota sophomore Mara Braun is one of 20 candidates named to the 2024 Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year Award Watch List, the Naismith Memorial ...
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota sophomore Mara Braun is one of 20 candidates named to the 2024 Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year Award Watch List, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Wednesday. Now in its seventh year, the award recognizes the top small forward in women's NCAA Division I college basketball.
"This is an incredible honor for Mara and for our entire Minnesota women's basketball program," head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said. "We are excited for the upcoming season, and we are getting close to tipping things off at the Barn!"
Named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team on Oct. 4, by the league's coaches, Braun was first on the team and 12th in the Big Ten conference in scoring at 15.6 points per game last season. The Big Ten All-Freshman Team member was ranked third overall in the Big Ten in free throw percentage at 87.5 percent (Min. 2.5 FTM/G) and was second among freshmen in the conference in points per contest. A native of Wayzata, Minn., Braun was the first true freshman to lead the Maroon and Gold in scoring since Rachel Banham in 2011-12 (16.1). During the summer Braun was a regular on Team USA's 3x3 circuit, earning a gold medal at the FIBA U23 Nations League Final in Mongolia in September. In 22 games of 3x3 action Braun's team was 21-1 with Braun's squad becoming the first United States, men or women, to win the Nations League event.
A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates. Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, in each of the three rounds starting Friday, October 20. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2024 Cheryl Miller Award will be narrowed to 10 and then in late February to just five. In March the five finalists will be presented to Miller and the Hall of Fame's selection committee, where a winner will be selected.
Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, in addition to the Men's Starting Five