Fussell named to Naismith Trophy early season watch list
Nov. 15, 2012
ATLANTA -- University of Texas junior guard Chassidy Fussell has been named one of 50 candidates on the 2012-13 Naismith Trophy early season watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday. The watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-13 season.
Last season, Fussell was the Longhorns' leader in points (520, 16.3 per game), 3-point percentage (.378), free throw percentage and minutes (1,080, 33.8 per game). She recorded two 30-plus point scoring efforts and topped the 20-point mark 12 times on her way to becoming the 38th player in Texas history to reach the 1,000 career-points mark.
Following her sophomore campaign, Fussell became Texas' first All-Big 12 First Team selection in five years. The four-time Big 12 Player of the Week honoree ranked second in the conference in points scored (307, 17.1 per game), third in 3-point field goals made (46, 2.6 per game) and led the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.907, 49-of-54). Fussell's season free throw percentage (.905, 86-of-95) also ranked second nationally, and she sank her final 24 attempts of the season.
Fussell was also named Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and a `Wade Watch List' contender in October. Last weekend, she was named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 List.
In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. In March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists. The Naismith Women's College Player of the Year will be awarded on April 8, 2013, in New Orleans, La.