NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Mariella Fasoula was one of 20 players named to the Lisa Leslie Award watch list on Friday as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
- Named after the three-time All-American and 1994 National Player of the Year, the annual award in its third year is awarded to the nation’s top center in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
- New to the award this season is Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Leslie and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
- The winner of the 2020 Lisa Leslie Center Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2020, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five.
- Fasoula, who was also named a preseason All-SEC second-team selection earlier this month, was a member of the watch list last season and started all 29 games for the Commodores in 2018-19. The communication studies major scored in double figures in all but six of those contests and led the team with 15.9 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game.
Prior to the start of the season, fans can see Fasoula and the Commodores at an exhibition at 2 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Memorial Gymnasium, and at an open practice from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 3. Fans can RSVP to the open practice here.
Select Vanderbilt women’s basketball tickets are on sale now, including single-game and three-game flex packs as well as group experiences. To purchase tickets, please click here or call the Vanderbilt Ticket Office at 615-322-4653 (M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
Vanderbilt will host Jacksonville State to begin the season at 7 p.m. Nov. 5. The season-opener can be seen on SEC Network+.