Sweat Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior forward Ashley Sweat earned her third preseason national honor on Wednesday as she was named to the preseason watch list for the 2009-10 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T. Sweat is one of 50 NCAA Division I women's basketball players selected to the candidates list, including seven players from the Big 12 Conference. For a complete list of candidates, please visit www.naismithawards.com.

Sweat, a 2009-10 preseason Wooden Award candidate and 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate, has climbed the ranks of the Kansas State career scoring and rebounding lists through the first two games this season. The product of McPherson, Kan., has tallied 1,323 points in her career to rank 10th in school history and has hauled in 458 rebounds in her career to rank 28th. She also moved into the top-10 in career blocks with 54 for her career and is seventh in school history for free throws made in a career with 305. She is the seventh player in school history to tally 1,000 points, 450 rebounds and 50 blocked shots in a career.

Following a 2009 season, which saw Sweat average a career-high 16.5 points per game and 5.1 rebounds, she was recognized by the league's coaches with her first career All-Big 12 first team honor. She also garnered All-Big 12 second team honors from the Dallas Morning News.

Sweat has also been exceptional in the classroom, earning CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII second team honors in 2008-09 and is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection. 

The Naismith Trophy watch list is 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 2009-10 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be awarded at the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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 an unprecedented 25 percent of the final results - more than any other national college basketball award.  

K-State will host Washington State on Friday at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit www.kstatesports.com or call the Kansas State athletic ticket office at (800) 221-CATS.