PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 1, 2012) – Rutgers women’s basketball senior point guard Khadijah Rushdan (Wilmington, Del.) has been selected as one of 32 candidates in the running to become the 2012 Naismith College Player of the Year, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club Wednesday.
Rushdan is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and a team-leading 3.6 assists. The senior has recorded three 20-point scoring games, 20 double-digit scoring performances and tallied her first double-double of the season on Monday night’s 69-58 victory against Marquette.
Since returning from an injury against Georgetown (Jan. 29) in which she broke a streak of 40-consecutive starts, she is averaging a team-leading 15.3 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while posting six-straight double-figure scoring games – her longest streak of the season.
Earlier this season, Rushdan became the 30th player in RU history to reach the 1,000 point club and the second player in school history (men or women) to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists. She currently ranks 20th all-time in scoring (1,253) and seventh in assists (459).
The midseason 32 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the 2011-12 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T, will be awarded on April 1, 2012 at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Denver.
Since 2005, presenting sponsor AT&T has set the standard in allowing fans to participate in determining the trophy winner. Through the power and ease of text messaging fan voting will account for 25 percent of all of the final result.