Two seniors, two sophs up for Naismith award

ATLANTA -- Four of the nation's top women's college basketball players were named finalists for the 2007 Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday.

Senior Jessica Davenport (Ohio State), senior Lindsey Harding (Duke), sophomore Courtney Paris, (Oklahoma) and sophomore Candace Parker (Tennessee) make up the final ballot. The Naismith Trophy is one of several national awards presented annually to the men's and women's players of the year and men's and women's college basketball coaches of the year.

The finalists were chosen through a vote by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, who narrowed the midseason list of 30 candidates down to the final four. The Board, which is comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, based its criteria on player performances this season.

The four finalists will attend the Women's Basketball Coaches Awards program in Cleveland on April 2, where the winner will be presented with the Naismith Trophy. The winner will be honored at the Naismith Awards banquet April 5 in Atlanta.

Fan voting via text messaging will account for 25 percent of the selection process. Fans can text message "VOTE" to "87654" to receive the final ballot and participate in the voting process. Voting for the Naismith Trophy will end on Saturday, March 31.