Mitchell Finalist For Dawn Staley Award

COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — The Phoenix Club of Philadelphia has announced that South Carolina junior Tiffany Mitchell is one of four finalists for the 2015 Dawn Staley Award. In its third season, the Dawn Staley Award recognizes the nation’s best guard in Women’s Division I college basketball, exemplified by skills that Staley possessed – ball handling, scoring, ability to distribute and will to win. Mitchell was one of three finalists for the award last season. The award recipient will be announced during the weekend of the Final Four and honored at a ceremony at the prestigious Union League of Philadelphia on Fri., Apr. 17. Last week, Mitchell became the sixth woman in SEC history to earn back-to-back outright Player of the Year honors when the league office announced the coaches‘ awards. Her team-best 14.4 points per game are fifth in the SEC, and she ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.505) and third in free throw percentage (.840). The Gamecock is one of two SEC players to rank among the league‘s top 15 in scoring, assists (11th, 2.7 apg) and steals (4th, 1.8 spg). Mitchell is also on the national ballot for the Wooden Award, a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy and owns a spot on the Wade Trophy “Wade Watch”. After earning an automatic bid with the program‘s first ever SEC Tournament championship, the Gamecocks await their seeding and opponent in the NCAA Tournament. The selection show airs Mon. March 16, at 7 p.m. ESPN. 2015 Dawn Staley Award Finalists Brittany Hrynko, DePaul Jewel Loyd, Notre Dame Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

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