Plaisance on Naismith midseason watchlist

Matt Dunaway
LSU's Theresa Plaisance. Photo by

LSU senior forward Theresa Plaisance has been chosen as one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2014 Naismith Trophy. She was one of 50 players included on the Naismith Trophy preseason list and remained on the list when it was trimmed down from 50 to 30 players.

For Plaisance, it's the second midseason award watchlist the New Orleans native has been named to. She was the only SEC player to be listed among the 2014 Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list, which was announced in mid-January.

The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national basketball award and is given annually to the women's college basketball player of the year. This year, the award will be presented in Nashville, Tenn. as part of the NCAA Women's Final Four. Former LSU great Seimone Augustus was a two-time winner of the Naismith Trophy during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

Plaisance has racked up a team-leading 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She is one of 18 players in program history to secure 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. In SEC play, Plaisance has raised her scoring average to 16.4 points per game, which is fourth on the league leaderboard.

Plaisance has strung together 14 consecutive games in double-figures and scored 103 of her 182 points in SEC action during the second half. She poured in a season's best 23 points at Ole Miss en route to her first career SEC Player of the Week honor on Jan. 27.