21 Collegians named to midseason Wooden Watch List

January 17, 2014 - 5:50pm
In a break from tradition, the Wooden Award Committee named 21 athletes to its midseason Wooden Watch List of 20 on Friday, in order to include Duke's Chelsea Gray (No. 12), who was selected by the media based on her performance prior to sustaining a season-ending knee injury last week. Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson (No. 31) was one of four UConn players also named to the midseason list. (Photo by Jon Gardiner/Duke Photography)

In a break from tradition, the Wooden Award Committee named 21 athletes to its midseason Wooden Watch List of 20 on Friday, in order to include Duke's Chelsea Gray (No. 12), who was selected by the media based on her performance prior to sustaining a season-ending knee injury last week. Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson (No. 31) was one of four UConn players also named to the midseason list. (Photo by Jon Gardiner/Duke Photography)

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced its John R. Wooden Award Women’s Midseason Top 20 today, comprised of 20 student-athletes who, based on individual performance and team records, are the front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor. The list is chosen by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board. This year’s midseason list contains 21 players, not the traditional 20, because Duke’s Chelsea Gray was voted to the list by the media based on her play so far this year, despite suffering a season-ending knee injury last week. The men’s list will be announced January 22nd on ESPN.

Two 2013 Wooden All American highlight the list: Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor point guard Odyssey Sims. Sims is the nation’s top scorer, averaging 31.1 ppg (stats as of January 12), shooting 49.0% from the field and 83.1% from the line. Ogwumike is the Pac-12’s leading scorer, at 27.3 ppg (No. 3 nationally) and is No. 2 in the NCAA in rebounding at 11.8 rpg. Both players are among the nation’s best defenders at their positions as well. Ogwumike is a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, while Sims is a two-time All-Big 12 Defensive Team pick.

Players not chosen to the midseason team are still eligible for the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.

Connecticut has placed four players on the list: Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, and Breanna Stewart. In addition to Connecticut, two other schools had multiple players chosen: Duke (Elizabeth Williams, Chelsea Gray); Notre Dame (Natalie Achonwa, Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride). Loyd is the only player on the midseason list not on the preseason list; one of the nation’s top freshmen a year ago, she is averaging 17.1 ppg and has scored in double figures in every contest this season.

The ACC led all conferences with seven of the 21 selections, followed by The American with five; the Big 10 with three; the Pac-12 and Big 12 with two each; and Conference USA and the SEC with one apiece. Only one freshman was selected, North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields, who was named ACC Rookie of the Week this week on the strength of back-to-back 20-point outings.

The complete 2013-14 preseason Wooden watch list follows:

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award®
Midseason Top 20 List, Women
Player Height Class Position University Conference
Natalie Achonwa 6-3 Sr. F Notre Dame ACC
Rachel Banham 5-9 Jr. G Minnesota Big Ten
Brittany Boyd 5-9 Jr. G California Pac-12
Hallie Christofferson 6-3 Sr. F Iowa State Big 12
Jerica Coley 5-8 Sr. G FIU Conference USA
Diamond DeShields 6-1 Fr. G North Carolina ACC
Stefanie Dolson 6-5 Sr. C UConn The American
Chelsea Gray* 5-11 Sr. G Duke ACC
Bria Hartley 5-8 Sr. G UConn The American
Jordan Hooper 6-2 Sr. F Nebraska Big Ten
Jewell Loyd 5-10 So. G Notre Dame ACC
Maggie Lucas 5-10 Sr. G Penn State Big Ten
Kayla McBride 5-11 Sr. G Notre Dame ACC
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 6-0 Jr. F UConn The American
Chiney Ogwumike# 6-4 Sr. F Stanford Pac-12
Theresa Plaisance 6-5 Sr. F LSU SEC
Shoni Schimmel 5-6 Jr. G Louisville The American
Odyssey Sims# 5-8 Sr. G Baylor Big 12
Breanna Stewart 6-4 So. F UConn The American
Alyssa Thomas 6-2 Sr. F Maryland ACC
Elizabeth Williams 6-3 Jr. C/F Duke ACC
(Based on a midseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)
# indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden Award All-American Team
*Gray selected based on play prior to season-ending injury.


Source:Los Angeles Athletic Club press release.

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