Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Finalists

Her Hoop Stats names five student-athletes finalists for the inaugural Becky Hammon Award presented by HHS

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HOPEWELL, N.J.—Her Hoop Stats is proud to announce the five finalists for the inaugural Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award. The Becky Hammon Award presented by Her Hoop Stats recognizes the nation’s best mid-major player, the first such award in women’s college basketball. The five finalists are listed below:

The Finalists

Bella Alarie, Princeton, G/F, Sr.
17.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.3 BPG

Even with the Ivy League’s back-heavy schedule, the guard/forward has kept her production up down the stretch. The senior has led the charge for Princeton, who has won 22 consecutive games and is currently ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll.

Ciara Duffy, South Dakota, G, Sr.
17.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.3 SPG

Duffy has been the steady leadership for the Coyotes this season while playing her way into the conversation for an award named after fellow Rapid City native Becky Hammon. Duffy is a walking 17/5/5, able to contribute in any way her team needs.

Stella Johnson, Rider, G, Sr.
24.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.8 APG, 2.9 SPG

Johnson is the nation’s leading scorer and has recorded six 30-point and 22 20-point games so far this season. She is WNBA bound, but she has her sights set on leading Rider to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Chelsey Perry, UT Martin, F, Jr.
23.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 2.7 BPG

Perry’s offensive explosion has continued, scoring 20-plus points in eight of her last 11 games. Although UT Martin was knocked out of its conference tournament, Perry will be an impact player in the WNIT, to which the Skyhawks are guaranteed an invite.

Sara Rhine, Drake, F, R-Sr.
17.9 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.1 BPG

Rhine has been one of the most efficient scorers in the country this season, but her ability to score efficiently at a high volume is what sets her apart. The redshirt senior has been big for the Bulldogs in the biggest games, averaging 25.7 points per game against teams who are currently ranked.

Schedule and Eligibility

The early-season watch list of 25 players was announced on Nov. 25. On Jan. 6, the list was narrowed to 15 players in the midseason watchlist. On Feb. 4 we named 10 semifinalists. The winner will be announced by Her Hoop Stats on Tuesday, March 31.

To be eligible for the award, players must compete in one of the 25 conferences deemed to be “mid-major”. The following conferences are considered high-major for the purposes of this award, and thus ineligible: AAC, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC. Players are selected based on their on-court production in the 2019-20 NCAA season.

About Becky Hammon

Hammon was a three-time All-American during her career at Colorado State and led the Rams to the Sweet 16 in 1999, the program’s only appearance to this day. She was signed by the New York Liberty in 1999 and was traded to the San Antonio Stars in 2007. Hammon retired in 2014 as a six-time All-Star and a two-time All-WNBA First Team honoree. In 2016 she was named one of the top 20 players in WNBA history. Hammon was the second female coach in NBA history when she began coaching for the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Additionally, Hammon is the only woman to be a head coach in the NBA Summer League as well as the only woman to be a member of an NBA All-Star coaching staff.

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