USC's Staley, Mitchell Up For National Awards

Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- After earning SEC Coach of the Year honors, USC head coach Dawn Staley is one of four finalists for the Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year, given to the top coach in the country and presented by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.

In her sixth year at USC, Staley led the women's program to its first SEC regular season championship and first number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The other finalists for the award are Geno Auriemma of Connecticut, Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw and Wes Moore from N.C. State.

The winner will be announced during the Final Four weekend in Nashville.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard Tiffany Mitchell is in the running for an award named after her head coach.

The Dawn Staley award is presented by The Phoenix Club of Philadelphia and goes to the outstanding guard in women's basketball who possesses the characteristics Staley showed during her career - ball handling, scoring, distributing the basketball and the will to win.

Mitchell was the only unanimous First Team All-SEC selected by the Associated Press and the SEC Player of the Year as chosen by the league's coaches. She leads USC in scoring (15.2 ppg), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (1.9 spg).

The winner of the Staley Award will be announced during the Final Four and honored at an April 17th ceremony in Philadelphia.


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