Top Candidates – Women

Women’s John R. Wooden Award Presented to Baylor’s Brittney Griner

Los Angeles (April 6, 2012)— The John R. Wooden Award®, the preeminent collegiate basketball player of the year award, was presented this evening at the Los Angeles Athletic Club by Coach John Wooden’s daughter, Nan, to Baylor University’s Brittney Griner. Baylor Assistant Coach Damion McKinney accepted the Award on Griner’s behalf, as the 6-8 junior needed to attend class today, and then went to Houston to be with her ill mother, and thus was not able to make the trip to Los Angeles. Nan Wooden made the announcement and presented Coach McKinney with the Wooden Award Trophy whose unique design was inspired by Coach Wooden’s idea of the “total basketball player.”
Griner took her Baylor team to a historic 40-0 season and the 2012 national title, with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead Baylor in the championship game. The MVP of the Final Four, she ended her junior season ranked No. 7 nationally in scoring (23.2); she also led the country in blocked shots (5.1) while pulling down 9.4 rebounds per game. A two-time Wooden All American, Griner dominates the game at both ends of the floor, and is a leading contender for the final spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. She has announced that she will return to Baylor for her senior season.
In a statement, Griner said, “I am both humbled and honored to receive this most prestigious award and am extremely disappointed that I am unable to be there in person to accept this honor. I need to focus on finishing the semester strong in the classroom after spending the last month on the road with my team playing in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments.
“To receive an award that is named after the great John Wooden, considering all that he represents not only as a coach but as a molder of character of young men and women, is one of the most cherished moments of my athletic career, and most humbling,” Griner added. “I want to thank the nationwide voters and the Los Angeles Athletic Club for this prestigious award, as well as my coaches, teammates, and especially my mom and dad, for without all of them, this would not be possible.”
Griner is the first Baylor player, and first Big 12 Conference player to win the Wooden Award. Voters include hundreds of national women’s college basketball media who selected and ranked 15 balloted players. Griner led the voting with 1,424 points. The four other finalists were in attendance, and they included Delaware guard/forward Elena Delle Donne (1,116 points), the nation’s top scorer at 28.1 points per game; Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins (1,073 points), who averaged 16.8 points and 5.7 assists; Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike (1,012 points), a three-time Wooden All American and the Pac-12 scoring leader at 21.6 ppg; and Green Bay senior Julie Wojta (224 points), the Horizon League Player of the Year at 19.5 ppg.
All players proved that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, as well as a player’s character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player.
In addition to honoring the Wooden All American teams, the “Legends of Coaching” Award was given to University of Connecticut Head Coach Geno Auriemma. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Maya Moore (’09, ’11) and Blake Griffin (’09). The 2012 Wooden Award on the men’s side was presented to Kentucky’s Anthony Davis.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to weeklong college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club tomorrow.

Los Angeles (April 6, 2012)— The John R. Wooden Award®, the preeminent collegiate basketball player of the year award, was presented this evening at the Los Angeles Athletic Club by Coach John Wooden’s daughter, Nan, to Baylor University’s Brittney Griner. Baylor Assistant Coach Damion McKinney accepted the Award on Griner’s behalf, as the 6-8 junior needed to attend class today, and then went to Houston to be with her ill mother, and thus was not able to make the trip to Los Angeles. Nan Wooden made the announcement and presented Coach McKinney with the Wooden Award Trophy whose unique design was inspired by Coach Wooden’s idea of the “total basketball player.”

Griner took her Baylor team to a historic 40-0 season and the 2012 national title, with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead Baylor in the championship game. The MVP of the Final Four, she ended her junior season ranked No. 7 nationally in scoring (23.2); she also led the country in blocked shots (5.1) while pulling down 9.4 rebounds per game. A two-time Wooden All American, Griner dominates the game at both ends of the floor, and is a leading contender for the final spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. She has announced that she will return to Baylor for her senior season.

In a statement, Griner said, “I am both humbled and honored to receive this most prestigious award and am extremely disappointed that I am unable to be there in person to accept this honor. I need to focus on finishing the semester strong in the classroom after spending the last month on the road with my team playing in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments.

“To receive an award that is named after the great John Wooden, considering all that he represents not only as a coach but as a molder of character of young men and women, is one of the most cherished moments of my athletic career, and most humbling,” Griner added. “I want to thank the nationwide voters and the Los Angeles Athletic Club for this prestigious award, as well as my coaches, teammates, and especially my mom and dad, for without all of them, this would not be possible.”

Griner is the first Baylor player, and first Big 12 Conference player to win the Wooden Award. Voters include hundreds of national women’s college basketball media who selected and ranked 15 balloted players. Griner led the voting with 1,424 points. The four other finalists were in attendance, and they included Delaware guard/forward Elena Delle Donne (1,116 points), the nation’s top scorer at 28.1 points per game; Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins (1,073 points), who averaged 16.8 points and 5.7 assists; Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike (1,012 points), a three-time Wooden All American and the Pac-12 scoring leader at 21.6 ppg; and Green Bay senior Julie Wojta (224 points), the Horizon League Player of the Year at 19.5 ppg.

All players proved that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, as well as a player’s character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player.

In addition to honoring the Wooden All American teams, the “Legends of Coaching” Award was given to University of Connecticut Head Coach Geno Auriemma. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Maya Moore (’09, ’11) and Blake Griffin (’09). The 2012 Wooden Award on the men’s side was presented to Kentucky’s Anthony Davis.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to weeklong college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club Saturday.


2011-2012 John R. Wooden Award All American Team – Women

Los Angeles (March 28, 2012)— The John R. Wooden Award® has announced today its women’s All American Team for 2011-12. All five players have proven that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA, an important component of the Award insisted upon by Coach Wooden. In addition to academics, the Wooden Award is unique among college postseason awards because voters could consider performance during the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Two of the five women’s All Americans are repeat selections: Brittney Griner of Baylor was a 2011 pick, and Stanford senior Nneka Ogwumike is a three-time Wooden Award All American. Ogwumike took Stanford to its third straight perfect season in conference play, leading the Pac-12 in scoring (21.6 ppg), and ranking second in rebounding (10.5) and free throw percentage (82.8%). Griner ranks No. 6 nationally in scoring (23.4), and leads the country in blocked shots (5.1). Her Bears are ranked No. 1 and are enjoying a perfect 38-0 season.

Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, averaging 16.8 points and 5.7 assists, appeared on last season’s ballot, but did not make the All American Team despite a strong post-season. Two of the five schools represented on the women’s team are appearing on the All American Team for the first time: Delaware and Green Bay. The Blue Hens’ Elena Delle Donne leads the nation in scoring at 28.1 ppg, while Green Bay senior Julie Wojta averaged 19.5 points and 9.9 rebounds.

The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012 and will honor the men’s and women’s winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching winner Geno Auriemma of Connecticut. The John R. Wooden Award winner will be announced on ESPN at the Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976 and named after the Hall of Fame player, coach and teacher, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best collegiate player who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Blake Griffin (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ’11).

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Gala.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com or liking the Wooden Award Facebook page. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

2011-12 John R. Wooden Award All American Team – Women

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Griner and Ogwumike named for second straight year
Los Angeles (March 28, 2012)— The John R. Wooden Award® has announced today its women’s All
American Team for 2011-12. All five players have proven that they are making progress toward graduation
and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA, an important component of the Award insisted upon by
Coach Wooden. In addition to academics, the Wooden Award is unique among college postseason awards
because voters could consider performance during the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Two of the five women’s All Americans are repeat selections: Brittney Griner of Baylor was a 2011 pick, and
Stanford senior Nneka Ogwumike is a three-time Wooden Award All American. Ogwumike took Stanford
to its third straight perfect season in conference play, leading the Pac-12 in scoring (21.6 ppg), and ranking
second in rebounding (10.5) and free throw percentage (82.8%). Griner ranks No. 6 nationally in scoring
(23.4), and leads the country in blocked shots (5.1). Her Bears are ranked No. 1 and are enjoying a perfect 38-
0 season.
Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, averaging 16.8 points and 5.7 assists, appeared on last season’s ballot, but did
not make the All American Team despite a strong post-season.
Two of the five schools represented on the women’s team are appearing on the All American Team for the
first time: Delaware and Green Bay. The Blue Hens’ Elena Delle Donne leads the nation in scoring at 28.1
ppg, while Green Bay senior Julie Wojta averaged 19.5 points and 9.9 rebounds.
The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012 and will honor the men’s and
women’s winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching winner Geno Auriemma of Connecticut. The
John R. Wooden Award winner will be announced on ESPN at the Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976 and named after the Hall of Fame player, coach and teacher, the John R. Wooden Award is
the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best collegiate
player who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and
maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79),
Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Blake Griffin (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ’11).
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’
general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than
1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the
John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the
Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament,
which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles
Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Gala.
Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to
www.WoodenAward.com or liking the Wooden Award Facebook page. For more information on
the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at
woodenaward@laac.net.
2011-12 John R. Wooden Award All Americans
Name
Elena Delle Donne
Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner*
Nneka Ogwumike*#
Julie Wojta
Ht.
6-5
5-9
6-8
6-2
6-0
(Players listed alphabetically)
*indicates player was 2011 Wooden Award All American
#indicates player was 2010 Wooden Award All American
Women
Yr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Pos.
F/G
G
C
F
G/F
University
Delaware
Notre Dame
Baylor
Stanford
Green Bay
Conference
CAA
Big East
Big 12
Pac-12
Horizon


Name

Ht.

Yr.

Pos.

University

Conference

Elena Delle Donne

6-5

Jr.

F/G

Delaware

CAA

Skylar Diggins

5-9

Jr.

G

Notre Dame

Big East

Brittney Griner*

6-8

Jr.

C

Baylor

Big 12

Nneka Ogwumike*#

6-2

Sr.

F

Stanford

Pac-12

Julie Wojta

6-0

Sr.

G/F

Green Bay

Horizon

(Players listed alphabetically)

*indicates player was 2011 Wooden Award All American
#indicates player was 2010 Wooden Award All American


John R. Wooden Award Announces 2011-2012 Women’s Ballot

Los Angeles (March 7, 2012)— The 15 women’s Finalists for the John R. Wooden Award were announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club today. The National Ballot, consisting of these top players, will be mailed to Wooden Award voters this week, and voting begins March 12th. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are the final contenders for women’s college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

All players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA, an important component of the Award insisted upon by Coach Wooden.  The Wooden Award All American Teams will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. Voters have until Monday, March 19 at Noon PDT to return their ballots, allowing them to take into consideration performance during the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which makes the Wooden Award unique among college postseason awards.

Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, a senior, and Baylor junior center Brittney Griner were on last year’s Wooden Award All American Team, and Ogwumike was chosen in 2010 as well. She has led Stanford to its third straight perfect season in conference play, leading the Pac-12 in scoring (21.6 ppg), and ranking second in rebounding (10.5) and free throw percentage (82.8%). Griner ranks No. 6 in the nation in scoring (23.8), and leads the country in blocked shots (5.1). Her Bears are ranked No. 1 in the nation and are enjoying a perfect 31-0 season.

Several additional players return to the Wooden Award ballot from a year ago: Skyler Diggins of Notre Dame, Shekinna Stricklen of Tennessee, and Miami’s Shenise Johnson. Green Bay’s Julie Wojta and Connecticut’s Tiffany Hayes are the only players who were not on the midseason Wooden Award list, but who made the ballot.

The ACC has four players on the ballot, followed by the Big 12, Big East, Pac-12, and SEC each with two. The CAA, Big 10, and Horizon League had one player chosen. Three schools have two players on the ballot in 2012: Baylor, Stanford and Miami. Miami’s two players are Johnson and Riquna Williams; Griner and Odyssey Sims represent Baylor. Nnemkadi Ogwumike is joined as a Finalist by her younger sister and frontcourt mate for the Cardinal, Chiney. The duo is the only pair of sisters ever selected to the Wooden Award ballot.

Upperclassmen dominate the list, but this year one freshman, Duke’s Elizabeth Williams, and three sophomores were selected: Chiney Ogwumike, Sims, and the ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas of Maryland. Rounding out the ballot are the nation’s top scorer, Elena Delle Donne of Delaware (28.3 ppg); A’dia Mathies, the SEC Player of the Year from Kentucky; Big 10 Player of the Year, Samantha Prahalis of Ohio State; and two-time first team All Big East pick, Tiffany Hayes of Connecticut.

The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala, will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012, and will honor winners, All Americans, and the Legends of Coaching honoree Geno Auriemma of Connecticut. The Women’s John R. Wooden Award winner will be announced at the Gala event.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976 and named after the Hall of Fame player, coach and teacher, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Blake Griffin (’09), and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ’11).

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Gala.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com or liking the Wooden Award Facebook page. For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or email at woodenaward@laac.net.

2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Ballot

Name

Ht.

Yr.

Pos.

University Conference
Elena Delle Donne

6-5

Jr.

F/G

Delaware CAA
Skylar Diggins

5-9

Jr.

G

Notre Dame Big East
Brittney Griner*

6-8

Jr.

C

Baylor Big 12
Tiffany Hayes

5-10

Sr.

G

Connecticut Big East
Shenise Johnson

5-11

Sr.

G

Miami ACC
A’dia Mathies

5-9

Jr.

G

Kentucky SEC
Chiney Ogwumike

6-3

So.

F

Stanford Pac-12
Nnemkadi Ogwumike*#

6-2

Sr.

F

Stanford Pac-12
Samantha Prahalis

5-7

Sr.

G

Ohio State Big Ten
Odyssey Sims

5-9

So.

G

Baylor Big 12
Shekinna Stricklen

6-2

Sr.

G/F

Tennessee SEC
Alyssa Thomas

6-2

So.

F

Maryland ACC
Elizabeth Williams

6-3

Fr.

C

Duke ACC
Riquna Williams

5-7

Sr.

G

Miami ACC
Julie Wojta

6-0

Sr.

G/F

Green Bay Horizon

(Players listed alphabetically)

*indicates player was 2011 Wooden Award All American
#indicates player was 2010 Wooden Award All American


2011-2012 Women’s Top 20 Midseason List

2011 All Americans Brittney Griner and Nneka Ogwumike Return to the List

Los Angeles (January 27, 2012)— The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on the nationally recognized “Women’s Sports Central” podcast, hosted by women’s basketball experts Brenda VanLengen and Mechelle Voepel. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 20 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December, and January, are the frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The men’s midseason list was announced last week.

Stanford senior Nneka Ogwumike and Baylor junior Brittney Griner were Wooden Award All Americans in 2011, with Ogwumike also garnering the honor in 2010, and they continue to put up impressive numbers in 2012. Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 in scoring (22.9 ppg, No. 5 nationally as of 1/21/12) and rebounding (11.2 rpg, No. 8 nationally), guiding her team to a Top 5 national ranking. Griner is averaging 22.7 points per game (No. 8 nationally) for the No. 1-ranked Bears, and also ranks No. 19 in rebounding (10.3) and No. 1 in blocked shots (5.1). The nation’s current top scorer, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne (27.9 ppg), also made the midseason list.

All six underclassmen named to the Wooden Award ballot in 2011 return to the midseason Top 20 in 2012. In addition to Griner and Nneka Ogwumike, these players include Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Shekinna Stricklen of Tennessee, and Shenise Johnson of Miami. Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis was on the ballot in 2010, along with Stricklen, Nneka Ogwumike and Delle Donne.

In terms of conference representation, the Big East leads the way with five Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 selections, followed by the ACC with four; the SEC with three; and the Big 12, Big 10, Pac-12 and CAA each with two. Five schools had two players chosen: Notre Dame (Diggins and Natalie Novosel); Tennessee (Stricklen and Glory Johnson); Stanford (Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike—the first pair of sisters ever named to the midseason list); Baylor (Griner and Odyssey Sims) and Connecticut (Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis). Mosqueda-Lewis and Elizabeth Williams of Duke were the only freshmen chosen.

The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012, and will honor winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching winner Geno Auriemma of Connecticut.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976 and named after the Hall of Fame player, coach and teacher, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Blake Griffin (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ’11). BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and Moore were the Wooden Award winners in 2011.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Gala.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or email at woodenaward@laac.net.

2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Women’s
Midseason Top 20 List

Name

Ht.

Yr.

Pos.

University Conference
Alex Bentley

5-7

Jr.

G

Penn State Big Ten
Elena Delle Donne

6-5

Jr.

F/G

Delaware CAA
Skylar Diggins

5-9

Jr.

G

Notre Dame Big East
Shante Evans

6-0

Jr.

F

Hofstra CAA
Brittney Griner*

6-8

Jr.

C

Baylor Big 12
Bria Hartley

5-7

So.

G

Connecticut Big East
Glory Johnson

6-3

GS

F

Tennessee SEC
Shenise Johnson

5-11

Sr.

G

Miami ACC
A’dia Mathies

5-9

Jr.

G

Kentucky SEC
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

6-0

Fr.

F

Connecticut Big East
Natalie Novosel

5-11

Sr.

G

Notre Dame Big East
Chiney Ogwumike

6-3

So.

F

Stanford Pac-12
Nneka Ogwumike*

6-2

Sr.

F

Stanford Pac-12
Samantha Prahalis

5-7

Sr.

G

Ohio State Big Ten
Sugar Rodgers

5-11

Jr.

G

Georgetown Big East
Odyssey Sims

5-9

So.

G

Baylor Big 12
Shekinna Stricklen

6-2

Sr.

G/F

Tennessee SEC
Alyssa Thomas

6-2

So.

F

Maryland ACC
Elizabeth Williams

6-3

Fr.

C

Duke ACC
Riquna Williams

5-7

Sr.

G

Miami ACC

(Players listed alphabetically.)

*indicates player was 2011 Wooden Award All American
GS indicates Graduate student


Maya Moore of Connecticut Wins Her Second John R. Wooden Award

One of the game’s greatest all-time players caps career with prestigious honor

Los Angeles (April 8, 2011)— Maya Moore of Connecticut was presented the John R. Wooden Award as the women’s collegiate basketball player of the year at The Los Angeles Athletic Club this evening. Mark Llewellyn, son of Wooden Award Co-Founder Richard “Duke” Llewellyn, made the announcement and conferred Moore with the Wooden Award trophy whose unique design was inspired by Coach Wooden’s idea of the “total basketball player.” The 35th annual Wooden Award is the first since the passing of both Coach Wooden and Duke Llewellyn in June of 2010.

Moore finished her career UConn’s all-time leading scorer, with 3,036 career points. She also ranks second in school history in made three-pointers (311) and rebounds (1,276). In 2011, she averaged 22.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 4.0 assists. In her career, Moore led UConn to four straight Final Fours and two national titles, while serving as an integral part of her team’s historic 90-game win streak that spanned three seasons. Her team won 150 of the 154 games it played during her career. She is a four-time Academic All-American as well.

Voters included several hundred members of the women’s college basketball media who selected and ranked five players. Moore garnered 678 points, followed by Brittney Griner of Baylor with 566; Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga with 283; Stanford’s Jeanette Pohlen with 198; and Pohlen’s Cardinal teammate, Nnemkadi Ogwumike with 185. Moore, Griner, and Ogwumike attended the Wooden Award Gala. Vandersloot and Pohlen were obligated to the WNBA for draft preparations and could not attend.

Moore is the third two-time Wooden Award winner on the women’s side. Seimone Augustus of LSU won the Award in 2006 and 2007, while Tennessee’s Candace Parker won in 2008 and 2009. She is the third straight winner from Connecticut; she won in 2009, and her former teammate Tina Charles won a year ago. Moore finished second in the voting in 2010 by a single point. Moore is also the second four-time Wooden All American; Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris (2006-09) is the other.

All players proved to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through the Elite Eight as well as a player’s character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player. The winner received a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university’s general scholarship fund.

In addition to honoring the Wooden All American teams, the “Legends of Coaching” Award was presented by Nan Wooden Muehlhausen, Coach Wooden’s daughter, to Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo, who led the Spartans to their 14th straight NCAA Tournament appearance this year. Previous Wooden Award winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’08, ’09) and Blake Griffin (’09). Ohio State’s Evan Turner and Connecticut’s Tina Charles won the Award in 2010.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to weeklong college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club tomorrow morning.

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Women’s John R. Wooden Award All-Time Winners

Year Player School
2011 Maya Moore University of Connecticut
2010 Tina Charles University of Connecticut
2009 Maya Moore University of Connecticut
2008 Candace Parker University of Tennessee
2007 Candace Parker University of Tennessee
2006 Seimone Augustus Louisiana State University
2005 Seimone Augustus Louisiana State University
2004 Alana Beard Duke University
# # #


2010-2011 Women’s Top 30 Preseason List

2010-2011 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 List, Women

Name Height Class Position University Conference
Danielle Adams 6-1 Sr. F/C Texas A&M Big 12
Kachine Alexander 5-9 Sr. G Iowa Big Ten
Angie Bjorklund 6-0 Sr. G/F Tennessee SEC
Jessica Breland 6-3 Sr. F North Carolina ACC
Elena Delle Donne 6-5 So. G/F Delaware CAA
Skylar Diggins 5-9 So. G Notre Dame Big East
Jasmine Dixon 6-0 Jr. F UCLA Pac 10
Victoria Dunlap 6-1 Sr. F Kentucky SEC
Dawn Evans 5-7 Sr. G James Madison CAA
Brittney Griner 6-8 So. C Baylor Big 12
Amber Harris 6-5 Sr. F Xavier Atlantic 10
Tiffany Hayes 5-10 Jr. G Connecticut Big East
Shenise Johnson 5-11 Jr. G Miami ACC
Jantel Lavender 6-4 Sr. C Ohio State Big Ten
Italee Lucas 5-8 Sr. G North Carolina ACC
Maya Moore*#% 6-0 Sr. F Connecticut Big East
Deirdre Naughton 5-10 Sr. G DePaul Big East
Nnemkadi Ogwumike* 6-2 Jr. F Stanford Pac 10
Kayla Pedersen 6-4 Jr. F Stanford Pac 10
Ta’Shia Phillips 6-6 Sr. C Xavier Atlantic 10
Samantha Prahalis 5-7 Jr. G Ohio State Big Ten
Lauren  Prochaska 5-11 Sr. G/F Bowling Green Mid-American
Chastity Reed 6-1 Sr. F Arkansas Little-Rock Sun Belt
Danielle Robinson 5-9 Sr. G Oklahoma Big 12
Sugar Rodgers 5-11 So. G Georgetown Big East
Shekinna Stricklen 6-2 Jr. G/F Tennessee SEC
Helena Sverrisdottir 6-1 Sr. G/F TCU Mountain West
Carolyn Swords 6-6 Sr. C Boston College ACC
Jasmine Thomas 5-9 Sr. G Duke ACC
Courtney Vandersloot 5-8 Sr. G Gonzaga West Coast

(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)
*indicates player chosen to the 2010 Wooden All American Team
#indicates player was 2009 Wooden Award winner
% indicates player chosen to the 2008 Wooden All American Team


Connecticut’s Tina Charles Wins John R. Wooden Award

CONNECTICUT’S TINA CHARLES WINS JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD
College Basketball’s Top Honor Goes to a UConn Player for Second Straight Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, April 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES—In the closest race ever, UConn’s Tina Charles has won the 2010 John R. Wooden Award, in the women’s category, as the college basketball player of the year. Because the WNBA draft precluded Charles from making the traditional trip to Los Angeles, Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) President Steve Hathaway will present her with the unique Wooden Award trophy, whose design was inspired by Coach Wooden’s idea of the “total basketball player,” next Thursday on the University of Connecticut campus.

The Wooden Award caps off an unbelievable career for Charles, who led her team to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2009 and 2010 and a 78-game win streak. The 6-4 center from Jamaica, New York, was the 2010 Big East Conference Player of the Year, averaging 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds on the season. She averaged 16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in the ’10 NCAA Tournament and is the Huskies’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

Balloting by several hundred members of the media and women’s college basketball experts was conducted through the games of the Sweet 16. Voters selected five players for the John R. Wooden All American team from the student-athletes listed on the ballot, and ranked them from 1 to 10. The other four finalists were Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin; UConn’s Maya Moore, the 2009 Women’s Wooden Award winner; and Stanford’s duo of Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Jayne Appel. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason, as well as a player’s character and academic performance. All players on the ballot were certified as maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA at their current school, including the most recent semester.

This year’s voting was the closest ever. Charles (252 points) topped her teammate Moore (251) by only one point in the final voting. Griffin was third with 114 points, followed by Appel (98) and Ogwumike (56).

About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’08) and Candace Parker (’07 and’08).

# # #

Women’s John R. Wooden Award All-Time Winners

Year Player School
2010 Tina Charles University of Connecticut
2009 Maya Moore University of Connecticut
2008 Candace Parker University of Tennessee
2007 Candace Parker University of Tennessee
2006 Seimone Augustus Louisiana State University
2005 Seimone Augustus Louisiana State University
2004 Alana Beard Duke University


Women’s 2010 Wooden Award Ballot

Name Height Class Position University Conference
Jayne Appel 6-4 Sr. F/C Stanford Pac-10
Tina Charles 6-4 Sr. C Connecticut Big East
Alysha Clark 5-10 Sr. F Middle Tennessee Sun Belt
Elena Delle Donne 6-5 Fr. G/F Delaware CAA
Dawn  Evans 5-7 Jr. G James Madison CAA
Kalana Greene 5-10 Sr. G Connecticut Big East
Kelsey Griffin 6-2 Sr. F Nebraska Big 12
Amber Harris 6-5 Jr. F Xavier Atlantic 10
Allison Hightower 5-10 Sr. G LSU SEC
Jantel Lavender 6-4 Jr. C Ohio State Big Ten
Gabriela Marginean 6-1 Sr. F Drexel CAA
Maya Moore $# 6-0 Jr. F Connecticut Big East
Nnemkadi Ogwumike 6-2 So. F Stanford Pac-10
Kayla Pedersen 6-4 Jr. F Stanford Pac-10
Ta’Shia Phillips 6-6 Jr. C Xavier Atlantic 10
Samantha Prahalis 5-7 So. G Ohio State Big Ten
Andrea Riley 5-5 Sr. G Oklahoma State Big 12
Danielle Robinson 5-9 Jr. G Oklahoma Big 12
Shekinna Stricklen 6-2 So. G/F Tennessee SEC
Jasmine Thomas 5-9 Jr. G Duke ACC
Courtney Vandersloot 5-8 Jr. G Gonzaga WCC
Monica Wright 5-11 Sr. G Virginia ACC

$ 2009 Wooden Award winner
# 2008 Wooden All American Team


2009-2010 Women’s Midseason List

Player

Height

Class

Position

University Conference
Jayne Appel 6-4 Sr. F/C Stanford Pac-10
Ashley Barlow 5-9 Sr. G Notre Dame Big East
Tina Charles 6-4 Sr. C Connecticut Big East
Alysha  Clark 5-10 Sr. F Middle Tennessee Sun Belt
Cetera DeGraffenreid 5-6 Jr. G North Carolina ACC
Allyssa DeHaan 6-9 Sr. C Michigan State Big Ten
Elena Delle Donne 6-5 Fr. G/F Delaware CAA
Dawn  Evans 5-7 Jr. G James Madison CAA
Kelsey Griffin 6-2 Sr. F Nebraska Big 12
Brittney Griner 6-8 Fr. C Baylor Big 12
Amber Harris 6-5 Jr. F Xavier Atlantic 10
Allison Hightower 5-10 Sr. G Louisiana State SEC
Gabriela Marginean 6-1 Sr. F Drexel CAA
Jantel Lavender 6-4 Jr. C Ohio State Big Ten
Maya Moore  $% 6-0 Jr. F Connecticut Big East
Kayla Pedersen 6-4 Jr. F Stanford Pac-10
Brittany Ray 5-9 Sr. G Rutgers Big East
Shekinna Stricklen 6-2 So. G/F Tennessee SEC
Jasmine Thomas 5-9 Jr. G Duke ACC
Courtney Vandersloot 5-8 Jr. G Gonzaga WCC
Monica Wright 5-11 Sr. G Virginia ACC

$ 2009 Wooden Award winner

% 2008 Wooden All-American


2009-2010 Women’s John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 Candidates

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 13, 2010) – The top 21 candidates for the Women’s John R. Wooden Award, the nation’s most coveted college basketball honor, were named today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award Committee. Because of a tie in the voting, 21 players were named rather than the traditional 20. Composed of the players who will compete for this season’s player of the year award, the midseason list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season.

“The depth and breadth of talent in the women’s game is really apparent,” said Women’s John R. Wooden Award Chairman Richard “Duke” Llewellyn. “Many, many players received votes this year, and I am sure we will see players on the ballot who are not even on this midseason list, as they will step up as we get into conference play.”

Just as players who are not on the preseason list are eligible for the Midseason Top 20, players who do not make the Midseason list are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be selected in March and will consist of approximately 20 players, chosen by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board Committee.  Players selected to the national ballot will have to be certified by their university as making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Among the Midseason Top 20 candidates are returning Wooden Award winner Maya Moore of No. 1-ranked Connecticut (19.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and her teammate, center Tina Charles (17.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg). No. 2 Stanford also had two players selected, center Jayne Appel and forward Kayla Pedersen. Four 2009 National Ballot honorees were named as 2009-10 midseason candidates: Appel, Alysha Clark (Middle Tennessee), Jantel Lavender (Ohio State), and Monica Wright (Virginia).

Other intriguing candidates who were not chosen to the preseason list include James Madison’s Dawn Evans, the nation’s leading scorer at 26.4 points per game; Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot, who averages 9.6 assists per game, tops in the country; Baylor’s 6-8 freshman Brittney Griner; and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, who made headlines last year when she gave up her basketball career at Connecticut to play volleyball closer to home. In her first collegiate hoops season, she is ranked No. 4 in the country in scoring (24.7), and is averaging 9.6 rebounds as well.

2009-10 Wooden Award Top 20 List

The Big East leads the Midseason Top 20 with 4 players selected. The CAA and ACC each had three players selected, and the Pac-10, Big 10, SEC and Big 12 had two players each. The Sun Belt, Atlantic 10 and West Coast Conferences had one player chosen. Overall, 48 different players from 36 schools received votes.

More than 300 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from across the nation, will then cast their votes to determine both the five-member All American Team and Player of the Year. In late March, the 10-player Wooden Award All American Team will be announced.

MIDSEASON TOP 20

Player

Height

Class

Position

University Conference
Jayne Appel 6-4 Sr. F/C Stanford Pac-10
Ashley Barlow 5-9 Sr. G Notre Dame Big East
Tina Charles 6-4 Sr. C Connecticut Big East
Alysha  Clark 5-10 Sr. F Middle Tennessee Sun Belt
Cetera DeGraffenreid 5-6 Jr. G North Carolina ACC
Allyssa DeHaan 6-9 Sr. C Michigan State Big Ten
Elena Delle Donne 6-5 Fr. G/F Delaware CAA
Dawn  Evans 5-7 Jr. G James Madison CAA
Kelsey Griffin 6-2 Sr. F Nebraska Big 12
Brittney Griner 6-8 Fr. C Baylor Big 12
Amber Harris 6-5 Jr. F Xavier Atlantic 10
Allison Hightower 5-10 Sr. G Louisiana State SEC
Jantel Lavender 6-4 Jr. C Ohio State Big Ten
Gabriela Marginean 6-1 Sr. F Drexel CAA
Maya Moore  $% 6-0 Jr. F Connecticut Big East
Kayla Pedersen 6-4 Jr. F Stanford Pac-10
Brittany Ray 5-9 Sr. G Rutgers Big East
Shekinna Stricklen 6-2 So. G/F Tennessee SEC
Jasmine Thomas 5-9 Jr. G Duke ACC
Courtney Vandersloot 5-8 Jr. G Gonzaga WCC
Monica Wright 5-11 Sr. G Virginia ACC

$ 2009 Wooden Award winner

% 2008 Wooden All-American


2009-2010 Women’s Preseason List

All-American Team – Top 30 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Player First Player Last Height Position Class University
Jayne Appel

6-4

F/C

Sr.

Stanford
Erica Beverly

6-0

F

Sr.

Hartford
Angie Bjorklund

6-0

G/F

Jr.

Tennessee
Heather Bowman

6-2

F

Sr.

Gonzaga
Jessica Breland*

6-3

F

Sr.

North Carolina
Tina Charles

6-4

C

Sr.

Connecticut
Alysha Clark

5-10

F

Sr.

Middle Tennessee
Allyssa DeHaan

6-9

C

Sr.

Michigan State
Tyra Grant

5-11

G

Sr.

Penn State
Alexis Gray-Lawson

5-8

G

Sr.

California
Allison Hightower

5-10

G

Sr.

Louisiana State
Ashley Houts

5-6

G

Sr.

Georgia
Ify Ibekwe

6-1

F

Jr.

Arizona
Jantel Lavender

6-4

C

Jr.

Ohio State
Gabriela Marginean

6-1

F

Sr.

Drexel
Danielle McCray

5-11

G/F

Sr.

Kansas
Nicole Michael

6-2

F

Sr.

Syracuse
Jacinta Monroe

6-4

F/C

Sr.

Florida State
Maya Moore  #$

6-0

F

Jr.

Connecticut
Jené Morris

5-9

G

Sr.

San Diego State
Deirdre Naughton

5-10

G

Sr.

DePaul
Ta‘Shia Phillips

6-6

C

Jr.

Xavier
Jeanette Pohlen

6-0

G

Jr.

Stanford
Samantha Prahalis

5-7

G

So.

Ohio State
Andrea Riley

5-5

G

Sr.

Oklahoma State
Danielle Robinson

5-9

G

Jr.

Oklahoma
Jenna Smith

6-3

C

Sr.

Illinois
Ashley Sweat

6-2

F

Sr.

Kansas State
Carolyn Swords

6-6

C

Jr.

Boston College
Courtney Vandersloot

5-8

G

Jr.

Gonzaga
Monica Wright

5-11

G

Sr.

Virginia
*Possible 2010 medical redshirt

<# 2009 Wooden Award winner

$ 2008 Wooden Award All-American


2008-2009 Women’s Final Ballot

All-American Team – Top 19 Candidates
(Players listed alphabetically.)

First Last Height Position Class School
Jayne Appel 6-4 F/C Jr. Stanford
Chante Black 6-5 F/C Sr. Duke
DeWanna Bonner 6-4 G Sr. Auburn
Alysha Clark 5-10 F Jr. Middle Tennessee St.
Marissa Coleman 6-1 G/F Sr. Maryland
Jantel Lavender 6-4 C So. Ohio State
Shalee Lehning 5-9 G Sr. Kansas State
Angel McCoughtry 6-1 F Sr. Louisville
Renee Montgomery 5-7 G Jr. Connecticut
Maya Moore * 6-0 F So. Connecticut
Courtney Paris *%# 6-4 C Sr. Oklahoma
Ta’Shia Phillips 6-6 C So. Xavier
Epiphanny Prince 5-9 G Jr. Rutgers
Andrea Riley 5-5 G Jr. Oklahoma State
Kristi Toliver 5-7 G Sr. Maryland
Ashley Walker 6-1 F Sr. California
Danielle Wilson 6-3 G Jr. Baylor
Monica Wright 5-11 G Jr. Virginia
Shavonte Zellous 5-11 G Sr. Pittsburgh
Women’s National Ballot – Top Candidates
* Indicates player was a 2008 Wooden Award All American
% Indicates player was a 2007 Wooden Award All American
# Indicates player was a 2006 Wooden Award All American

2008-2009 Women’s Midseason

Midseason Top 20 List – Women’s Category

Player First Player Last Height Position Class University
Jayne Appel 6-4 F/C Jr. Stanford
Chante Black 6-5 F/C Sr. Duke
DeWanna Bonner 6-4 G Sr. Auburn
Jessica Breland 6-3 F Jr. North Carolina
Tina Charles 6-4 C Jr. Connecticut
Kristi Cirone 5-8 G Sr. Illinois St.
Alysha Clark 5-10 F Jr. Middle Tennessee St.
Rachele Fitz 6-0 F Jr. Marist
Jantel Lavender 6-4 C So. Ohio State
Shalee Lehning 5-9 G Sr. Kansas State
Angel McCoughtry 6-1 F Sr. Louisville
Renee Montgomery 5-7 G Jr. Connecticut
Maya Moore * 6-0 F So. Connecticut
Courtney Paris *%# 6-4 C Sr. Oklahoma
Epiphanny Prince 5-9 G Jr. Rutgers
Andrea Riley 5-5 G Jr. Oklahoma State
Kristi Toliver 5-7 G Sr. Maryland
Ashley Walker 6-1 F Sr. California
Monica Wright 5-11 G Jr. Virginia
Shavonte Zellous 5-11 G Sr. Pittsburgh
* Indicates player was a 2007-2008 John R. Wooden Award All-American.
^ Indicates player was a 2006-2007 John R. Wooden Award All-American.
~ Indicates player was a 2005-2006 John R. Wooden Award All-American.

2008-2009 Women’s Preseason

All-American Team – Top 30 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Player First Player Last Height Position Class University
Jessica Adair 6-4 C/F Sr. George Washington
Jayne Appel 6-4 F/C Jr. Stanford
Chante Black 6-5 F/C Sr. Duke
DeWanna Bonner 6-4 G Sr. Auburn
Heather Bowman 6-2 F Jr. Gonzaga
Tina Charles 6-4 C Jr. Connecticut
Marissa Coleman 6-1 G/F Sr. Maryland
Allyssa DeHaan 6-9 C Jr. Michigan Stat
Krystal Ellis 5-9 G Sr. Marquette
Rachele Fitz 6-0 F Jr. Marist
Devanei Hampton 6-3 F/C Sr. Cal
Ashley Houts 5-6 G Jr. Georgia
Jareica Hughes 5-3 G Jr. UTEP
Jantel Lavender 6-4 C So. Ohio State
Shalee Lehning 5-9 G Sr. Kansas Stat
Rashanda McCants 6-1 G/F Sr. North Carolina
Angel McCoughtry 6-1 F Sr. Louisville
Renee Montgomery 5-7 G Sr. Connecticut
Maya Moore * 6-0 F So. Connecticut
Courtney Paris * ^ ~ 6-4 C Sr. Oklahoma
Ta’Shia Phillips 6-6 C So. Xavier
Epiphanny Prince 5-9 G Jr. Rutgers
Andrea Riley 5-5 G Jr. Oklahoma State
Takia Starks 5-8 G Sr. Texas A&M
Kristi Toliver 5-7 G Sr. Maryland
Kia Vaughn 6-4 C Sr. Rutgers
Ashley Walker 6-1 F Sr. California
Christina Wirth 6-1 F Sr. Vanderbilt
Monica Wright 5-11 G Jr. Virginia
Shavonte Zellous 5-11 G Sr. Pittsburgh
* Indicates player was a 2007-2008 John R. Wooden Award All-American.
^ Indicates player was a 2006-2007 John R. Wooden Award All-American.
~ Indicates player was a 2005-2006 John R. Wooden Award All-American.

2007-2008 Women’s Final Ballot

All-American Team – Top 17 Candidates
(Players listed alphabetically.)

Name Ht. Cl. Pos. School
Tina Charles 6’4″ So. C Connecticut
Natalie Doma 6’3″ Sr. C Idaho State
Sylvia Fowles 6’6″ Sr. C LSU
Amber Holt 6’0″ Sr. F Middle Tennessee St.
Tasha Humphrey 6’3″ Sr. F Georgia
Crystal Kelly 6’3″ Sr. F Western Kentucky
Crystal Langhorne 6’2″ Sr. C/F Maryland
Erlana Larkins 6’1″ Sr. F North Carolina
Angel McCoughtry 6’1″ Jr. F Louisville
Maya Moore 6’0″ Fr. F Connecticut
Courtney Paris 6’4″ Jr. C Oklahoma
Candance Paris 6’4″ Jr. F/G/C Tennessee
Epiphanny Prince 5’9″ So. G Rutgers
Andrea Riley 5’5″ So. G Oklahoma State
Angela Tisdale 5’7″ Sr. G Baylor
Kristi Toliver 5’7″ Jr. G Maryland
Candice Wiggins 5’11″ Sr. G Stanford

2007-2008 Women’s Midseason

Midseason Top 20
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Name Last Ht. Cl. Pos. School
Matee Ajavon 5-8 Sr. G Rutgers
Charel Allen 5-11 Sr. G Notre Dame
Chante Black 6-5 Jr. C Duke
Tina Charles 6-4 So. C Connecticut
Natalie Doma 6-3 Sr. C Idaho State
Sylvia Fowles* 6-6 Sr. C LSU
Amber Holt 6-0 Sr. F Middle Tennessee State
Tasha Humphrey 6-3 Sr. F Georgia
Crystal Kelly 6-3 Sr. F Western Kentucky
Crystal Langhorne 6-2 Sr. C/F Maryland
Erlana Larkins 6-1 Sr. F North Carolina
Angel McCoughtry 6-1 Jr. F Louisville
Maya Moore 6-0 Fr. F Connecticut
Courtney Paris* 6-4 Jr. C Oklahoma
Candace Parker* 6-4 Jr. F/G/C Tennessee
Andrea Riley 5-5 So. G Oklahoma State
Kristi Toliver 5-7 Jr. G Maryland
Ashley Walker 6-1 Jr. F/C California
Mercedes Walker 6-3 Sr. C Pittsburgh
Candice Wiggins 5-11 Sr. G Stanford

2007-2008 Women’s Preseason

All-American Team – Top 30 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Name Ht. Cl. Pos. School
Matee Ajavon 5-8 Sr. G Rutgers
Charel Allen 5-11 Sr. G Notre Dame
Jolene Anderson 5-8 Sr. G Wisconsin
Nicky Anosike 6-4 Sr. C Tennessee
Jayne Appel 6-4 So. F Stanford
Kimberly Beck 5-8 Sr. G George Washington
Tina Charles 6-4 So. C Connecticut
Marissa Coleman 6-1 Jr. G/F Maryland
Allyssa DeHaan 6-9 So. C Michigan State
Essence Carson 6-0 Sr. F Rutgers
Sylvia Fowles* 6-6 Sr. C LSU
Devanei Hampton 6-3 Jr. F/C California
Amber Harris 6-5 So. F Xavier
Alexis Hornbuckle 5-11 Sr. G Tennessee
Tasha Humphrey 6-3 Sr. F Georgia
Crystal Kelly 6-3 Sr. F Western Kentucky
Crystal Langhorne 6-2 Sr. C/F Maryland
Erlana Larkins 6-1 Sr. F North Carolina
Angel McCoughtry 6-1 Jr. F Louisville
Renee Montgomery 5-7 Jr. G Connecticut
Mandy Morales 5-9 Jr. G Montana
Marscilla Packer 5-9 Sr. G Ohio State
Courtney Paris* 6-4 Jr. C Oklahoma
Candace Parker* 6-4 Jr. F/G/C Tennessee
Takia Starks 5-8 So. G Texas A&M
Kristi Toliver 5-7 Jr. G Maryland
Kia Vaughn 6-4 Jr. C Rutgers
Mercedes Walker 6-3 Sr. C Pittsburgh
Abby Waner 5-10 Jr. G Duke
Candice Wiggins 5-11 Sr. G Stanford

* Indicates player was a 2006-07 Wooden Award All-American.


2006-2007 Women’s Final Ballot

All-American Team – Top 16 Candidates
(Players listed alphabetically.)

Name Ht. Cl. Pos. School
Marissa Coleman 6’1″ So. G/F Maryland
Jessica Davenport 6’5″ Sr. C Ohio State
Sylvia Fowles 6’6″ Jr. C LSU
Katie Gearlds 6’1″ Sr. G/F Purdue
Chrissy Givens 5’11″ Sr. G Middle Tennessee
Lindsey Harding 5’8″ Sr. G Duke
Tasha Humphrey 6’3″ Jr. F Georgia
Crystal Langhorne 6’2″ Jr. C/F Maryland
Erlana Larkins 6’1″ Jr. F North Carolina
Ivory Latta* 5’6″ Sr. G North Carolina
Angel McCoughtry 6’1″ So. F Louisville
Bernice Mosby 6’1″ Sr. F Baylor
Courtney Paris* 6’4″ So. C Oklahoma
Candace Parker 6’4″ So. F/C/G Tennessee
Armintie Price 5’9″ Sr. G Mississippi
Candice Wiggins 5’11″ Jr. G Stanford

* Indicates player was a 2005-2006 John R. Wooden Award All-American.


2006-2007 Women’s Midseason

All-American Team – Top 20 Candidates
(Players listed alphabetically.)

Name Ht. Cl. Pos. School
Marissa Coleman 6’1″ So. G/F Maryland
Jessica Davenport 6’5″ Sr. C Ohio State
Jessica Dickson 5’11″ Sr. F South Florida
Sylvia Fowles 6’6″ Jr. C LSU
Katie Gearlds 6’1″ Sr. G/F Purdue
Chrissy Givens 5’11″ Sr. G Middle Tennessee
Lindsey Harding 5’8″ Sr. G Duke
Tasha Humphrey 6’3″ Jr. F Georgia
Tiffany Jackson 6’3″ Sr. F Texas
Crystal Kelly 6’3″ Jr. F Western Kentucky
Crystal Langhorne 6’2″ Jr. C/F Maryland
Erlana Larkins 6’1″ Jr. F North Carolina
Ivory Latta* 5’6″ Sr. G North Carolina
Angel McCoughtry 6’1″ So. F Louisville
Bernice Mosby 6’1″ Sr. F Baylor
Courtney Paris* 6’4″ So. C Oklahoma
Candace Parker 6’4″ So. F/C/G Tennessee
Armintie Price 5’9″ Sr. G Mississippi
Abby Waner 5’10″ So. G Duke
Candice Wiggins 5’11″ Jr. G Stanford

* Indicates player was a 2005-2006 John R. Wooden Award All-American.


2006-2007 Women’s Preseason

All-American Team – Top 30 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Name School Ht. Cl. Pos.
Matee Ajavon Rutgers 5’8″ Jr. G
Morenike Atunrase Texas A&M 5’10″ Jr. G/F
Alison Bales Duke 6’7″ Sr. C
Marissa Coleman Maryland 6’1″ So. G/F
Jessica Davenport Ohio State 6’5″ Sr. C
Dee Davis Vanderbilt 5’7″ Sr. G
Jessica Dickson South Florida 5’11″ Sr. F
Shay Doron Maryland 5’9″ Sr. G
Sylvia Fowles LSU 6’6″ Jr. C
Lindsey Harding Duke 5’8″ Sr. G
Cameo Hicks Washington 5’10″ Sr. G
Alexis Hornbuckle Tennessee 5’11″ Jr. G
Charde Houston Connecticut 6’1″ Jr. F
Tasha Humphrey Georgia 6’3″ Jr. F
Tye Jackson Houston 5’10″ Jr. F
Crystal Kelly Western Kentucky 6’3″ Jr. F
Crystal Langhorne Maryland 6’2″ Jr. C/F
Erlana Larkins North Carolina 6’1″ Jr. F
Ivory Latta* North Carolina 5’6″ Sr. G
Camille Little North Carolina 6’2″ Sr. F/G
Lyndsey Medders Iowa State 5’9″ Sr. G
Eshaya Murphy USC 5’11″ Sr. G
Courtney Paris* Oklahoma 6’4″ So. C
Candace Parker Tennessee 6’4″ So. F/C/G
Armintie Price Mississippi 5’9″ Sr. G
Noelle Quinn UCLA 6’0″ Sr. G
Jillian Robbins Tulsa 6’1″ Sr. F
Tiffany Jackson Texas 6’3″ Sr. F
Kia Vaughn Rutgers 6’4″ So. C
Candice Wiggins Stanford 5’11″ Jr. G

* Indicates player was a 2005-2006 John R. Wooden Award All-American.