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OU's Ellenberg A Naismith Award Candidate

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University of Oklahoma women's basketball's Aaryn Ellenberg was designated one of 30 candidates eligible for the Naismith Women's College Player of the Year.

Ellenberg, who leads the Sooners in scoring with 18.6 points per game, is one of the basketball's preeminent shooting guards. The Las Vegas, Nev., native tops Big 12 Conference players in 3-pointers made per game (3.3) and 3-point percentage (43 percent), and is third and 10th, respectively, among NCAA Division I players in the categories.

With two regular-season games remaining, Ellenberg's season total of 92 3-pointers ranks second only to her school-record 94 set as a freshman in 2010-11. It is seventh best single season total in Big 12 history.

The top 30 candidates were selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances during this year's college basketball season. In late March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will condense the group to four finalists.

For the ninth consecutive year, fans will have the opportunity to text their votes for the player of their choice and help determine the 2013 Naismith Trophy winner. Voting will open to fans Monday, March 25. Naismith Trophy presenting sponsor AT&T is making the voting available to other wireless carriers, enabling even more fans to participate.

The Naismith Women's College Player of the Year will be awarded to one female athlete on April 8, 2013, in New Orleans, La.

Oklahoma hosts Kansas for its home finale Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

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