Jan. 13, 2010
LOS ANGELES - 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."
Baylor's Brittney Griner is one of just two freshmen on the midseason list and one on only two Big 12 Conference players to make the list. Griner joins Delaware's Elena Delle Donne as the only rookies named, while Kelsey Griffin of Nebraska, Baylor's upcoming opponent, was the other Big 12 player on the list.
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.
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.
WOODEN AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 20
|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|
|Maya Moore||6-0||Jr.||F||Connecticut||Big East|
|Brittany Ray||5-9||Sr.||G||Rutgers||Big East|