Oct. 30, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma senior Caton Hill is one of 30 NCAA Division I women's basketball players to be named to the 2002-03 Preseason Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Awards watch list.

Hill, a 6-1 forward, enters her senior season as OU's top returning scorer (12.6) and rebounder (6.9) from last year's NCAA runner-up. Earlier, Hill was named to the 2002-03 Preseason All-Big 12 first team.

The Ada, Okla., native currently ranks third on OU's all-time rebounding chart with 801 and 13th in career points with 1,194. Over a three-year span, Hill has guided OU to an overall record of 85-17 (83.3 winning percentage) and three Big 12 regular season championships.

Hill becomes just the third Oklahoma women's basketball player to be nominated for this award. Former Sooners Stacey Dales-Schuman and LaNeishea Caufield were finalists for the honor a year ago.

"Just to be nominated for the award is such an honor," said Hill. "This list features some of the nation's elite players and to be considered among them is a privilege."

The Naismith Awards program, now in its 35th year, honors the outstanding college basketball players in the United States. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of student-athletes in basketball.

The candidates were selected by a vote of the award's Board of Selectors which is comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball analysts. Members of the board were asked to name top male and female players who are most likely to be in contention for the award.