Cambridge Named to Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Watch List

The guard leads the SEC and ranks second nationally with 83 steals this season

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –Vanderbilt women’s basketball graduate student Jordyn Cambridge was one of the 15 players named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watch List.

Cambridge paces the SEC and ranks second in NCAA Division I in steals with 83 this season. The 5-9 guard’s 3.6 steals per game is the third-highest average in the nation, while it is also tops in the SEC. The Nashville, Tennessee, native has collected three or more steals in 17 games this season, while her consecutive steals streak recently came to an end at 60 games.

The guard’s efforts have helped Vanderbilt become one of the premier steals teams in the nation this season. The Commodores’ 10.4 steals per game ranks 35th nationally. Cambridge is also closing in on Vanderbilt’s all-time steals list, as she needs 22 more steals to move past Deborah Denton (338; 1986-89) for first in program history.

The current watch list of 15 players will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists on March 11 with four finalists announced on March 20 and the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year will be announced on April 3.

Vanderbilt returns to action Thursday, as the Commodores welcome in the defending national champions LSU. Tipoff against the No. 13/12-ranked Tigers is set for 8 p.m. and will air live on SEC Network.

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