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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 20 watch-list candidates for the 2023 Cheryl Miller Award Wednesday afternoon, with Duke senior Elizabeth Balogun earning a nod to the preseason list for the third consecutive season.
Named after the three-time Naismith Player of the Year and Class of 1995 Hall of Famer, the annual award in its sixth year recognizes the top small forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.
During the 2021-22 season, Balogun saw action in 30 games with 24 starts for the Blue Devils, averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. Balogun scored in double figures nine times during the year, including back-to-back games of 20-plus points that featured a 27-point outburst to help lead Duke to a 72-70 victory over No. 17 Notre Dame.
Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, in each of the three rounds starting Friday, October 21. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2023 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.
The winner of the 2023 Cheryl Miller Award will be presented on a date to be determined, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Award (Point Guard), Ann Meyers Drysdale Award (Shooting Guard), Katrina McClain Award (Power Forward) and the Lisa Leslie Award (Center), in addition to the Men’s Starting Five.
For more information on the 2023 Cheryl Miller Award and the latest updates, visit hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #MillerAward on Twitter and Instagram.
To stay up to date with Duke women’s basketball, follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching “DukeWBB.”
2023 Cheryl Miller Award Candidates
Aijha Blackwell Baylor
Elizabeth Balogun Duke
Jordyn Merritt Florida
Grace Berger Indiana
Ashley Joens Iowa State
Morgan Jones Louisville
Shyanne Sellers Maryland
Mimi Collins NC State
Skyler Gill North Alabama
Alyssa Ustby North Carolina
Madi Williams Oklahoma
Lior Garzon Oklahoma State
Brea Beal South Carolina
Myah Selland South Dakota State
Haley Jones Stanford
Rickea Jackson Tennessee
Shay Holle Texas
Caroline Ducharme UConn
Gianna Kneepkens Utah
Taylor Soule Virginia Tech