March 7, 2007
WACO, Texas -
Baylor's Bernice Mosby is one of 16 finalists on the national ballot for the John R. Wooden Award the award committee announced Tuesday. The winner will be announced April 7.
Mosby, a 6-1 senior forward, was a midseason addition to the list and joins former Lady Bears Steffanie Blackmon and Sophia Young as a finalist on the prestigious list. Mosby, the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year and first-team All-Big 12 selection, has led the Lady Bears in both scoring and rebounding all season and currently ranks among the Big 12 leaders in both categories with 18.0 points and 9.3 rebounds a game.
The finalists include:
Marissa Coleman, So., G/F, Maryland
Jessica Davenport, Sr., C Ohio State
Sylvia Fowles, Jr., C, LSU
Katie Gearlds, Sr., G/F, Purdue
Chrissy Givens, Sr., G, Middle Tennessee
Lindsey Harding, Sr., G, Duke
Tasha Humphrey, Jr., F, Georgia
Crystal Langhorne, Jr., C/F, Maryland
Erlana Larkins, Jr., F, North Carolina
Ivory Latta, Sr., G, North Carolina
Angel McCoughtry, So,. F, Louisville
Bernice Mosby, Sr., F, Baylor
Courtney Paris, So., C, Oklahoma
Candace Parker, So., F/C/G, Tennessee
Armintie Price, Sr., G, Mississippi
Candice Wiggins, Jr., G, Stanford
More than 200 voters, comprised of sports media members and women's college basketball experts across the nation, will vote (deadline is March 26) for the five-member All-American team and Wooden Award, which honors the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player in the nation.
For the first time in Wooden Award history, college basketball fans will be able to cast their vote for the Wooden Award Player of the Year. All fan votes will be tabulated and counted as one ballot toward the actual final tally. Fans will have the option of voting on WoodenAward.com or by text messaging from their cell phones.
Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Andrew Bogut ('05), and last year's recipients, Seimone Augustus ('06) and J.J. Redick.