Four Pac-10 Student-Athletes Named To Preseason Women's Wooden Award
Aug. 20, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif.-- Four Pac-10 women's basketball student-athletes -- UCLA's Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn, ARIZONA's Shawntinice Polk and STANFORD's Kelley Suminski -- are among the 30 candidates named to the Wooden Women's Award Preseason All-American Team.Blue and Polk are two-time All-Pac-10 selections, while Quinn, last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, was a member of the 2004 All-Pac-10 Team. Suminski is a two-time All-Pac-10 Tournament team pick.Last year's Women's Wooden Award recipient was Alana Beard (Duke University). The John R. Wooden Award was established in 1976 but last year marked the first year a woman received the most prestigious honor given in college basketball.Of the 30 student-athletes selected for the preseason 'Wooden Women's Award' the Big 12 led with six (6); the SEC followed with five (5) players; the Big East and Pac-10 with four (4) players; the Big 10 has three (3) players; the ACC and Conference USA with two (2) players, while the Big South, Big West, Mountain West and Sun Belt have one player represented, respectively.A national poll was conducted by the John R. Wooden Women's Award National Advisory Board to determine the Top- 30 Preseason Candidates for the 2004-2005 Wooden Award All-American Team. The top 30 candidates have been selected based on last year's individual performance and team records. The student-athletes selected are all returning players. Incoming freshman and transfer students are not included. These athletes and other players who excel throughout the season will be eligible for the Midseason Top 20 list and the National Ballot.In mid January, the National Advisory Board will release the Midseason Top 20. In late March, the five player Women's Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the All-American Team will be selected as the recipient of the John R. Wooden Award Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player. The event will be televised live from The Los Angeles Athletic Club on CBS Sports.The complete list of preseason candidates for The John R. Wooden Award, can be found at WoodenAward.com.