UNC Basketball: Tar Heels’ Janelle Bailey named finalist for prestigious award

UNC basketball’s Janelle Bailey has been named a top-10 finalist for the prestigious Lisa Leslie Award.

University of North Carolina junior forward Janelle Bailey has been named a finalist for the 2020 Lisa Leslie Award. Bailey is among 10 standout women’s college basketball players hoping to win the prestigious award, which recognizes the top center in Division I hoops.

Bailey, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, has made the list for the second consecutive season. Joining her on the list this year are Baylor’s Queen Egbo, Connecticut’s Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Iowa State’s Kristin Scott, Miami’s Beatrice Mompremier, NC State’s Elissa Cunane, Purdue’s Ae’Rianna Harris, South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston, Texas’ Charli Collier and Texas Tech’s Brittany Brewer.

Bailey was voted a preseason All-ACC selection prior to the start of her junior season, and has lived up to the hype. She leads the Tar Heels in scoring and rebounding this season with 15.1 points, and 9.8 boards per game. She ranks third in the conference in rebounding, fifth in free throw percentage and ninth in scoring. She’s recorded 11 double-doubles in 25 games this season, and scored 20 or more points on seven occasions.

According to the Basketball Hall of Fame website, the winner of the award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, California on April 10, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award and the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, in addition to the Men’s Starting Five.

The award bears the name of the three-time All-American, 1994 National Player of the Year and Class of 2015 Hall of Famer. The award is in its third year, and past winners include Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard and South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson.

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