Jan. 28, 2012
The list is comprised 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 list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women's basketball media members.
Griner, a 6-8 post and Wooden All-American last year, is averaging a double-double on the season, scoring 22.5 points and hauling down 10.1 rebounds a contest. The Houston native ranks No. 1 nationally in blocks per game (5.4) and is No. 4 in field goal percentage (.610), No. 7 in scoring and No. 24 in rebounding. She has 501 career blocks and needs three more to move into the No. 2 spot.
Sims, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, is averaging 15.9 points, 5.4 assists and 3.6 steals a contest. The 5-8 point guard ranks No. 8 nationally in steals and No. 29 in assists and is among the Big 12 leaders in both categories.
The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala, will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and will honor winners, All-Americans and the Legends of Coaching winner Geno Auriemma of Connecticut.
Baylor is one of five schools with two players chosen include Baylor (Griner and Odyssey Sims); Notre Dame (Diggins and Natalie Novosel); Tennessee (Shekinna Stricklen and Glory Johnson); Stanford (Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike); and Connecticut (Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis).
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.
For a complete Midseason Wooden Award list, please visit:
Midseason Wooden Award List