February 14, 2011

HURT NAMED TO NAISMITH TROPHY MIDSEASON TOP 30 LIST

ATLANTA, Ga. – Virginia Commonwealth University junior forward Courtney Hurt on Monday was named to the Naismith Trophy midseason list of the nation's top 30 women's basketball players.

The list was comprised by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors and used criteria based on performances during the 2010-11 season.  The Naismith Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NCAA's best women's basketball player, is presented on April 4, 2011 at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis.

"This is one of the most prestigious awards in all of college basketball and it's great to see Courtney's hard work begin to pay off," said VCU Head Coach Beth Cunningham.  "Just to be recognized as one of the nation's best players is a tremendous honor."

Hurt currently leads the nation in rebounding (12.9 rpg) and double-doubles (19), while ranking fifth in scoring (23.0 ppg).  She broke VCU's single-season double-doubles record Sunday against Hofstra and is just 89 points shy of breaking the school's single-season scoring mark.  In addition, the Conyers, Ga., native has scored in double figures in a school record 32 straight and 47 of VCU's last 51 games.

Hurt, who is the first VCU women's basketball player to be named to the list, is one of two Colonial Athletic Association members recognized as James Madison's Dawn Evans was also included.

Fan voting will account for 25 percent of the final vote, which is the most of any national college basketball award.  Fans can select their favorite finalist via text message voting beginning in March.

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