Candice Wiggins Named Preseason Wooden Award Candidate

Aug. 15, 2005

Los Angeles, Calif. - Stanford guard Candice Wiggins, a 2005 Kodak All-American, was named to the Wooden Award Preseason list last Friday, as one of the top 30 candidates for the 2005-06 Women's Wooden Award presented by Applied Materials. Wiggins, who was the lone freshman added to the midseason list, was in the running for last year's Wooden Award and was named to the official voting ballot.

The list is composed of 30 student athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy. These top 30 candidates are comprised of returning players, although transfers, freshmen and other players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for both the Midseason top 20 list and the National Ballot.

'The Committee had an incredibly difficult task in narrowing down the nation's top 30 women's players,' said Mike Solum, director of the Wooden Award. 'This list represents the elite of college basketball, and our entire team at the Wooden Award is excited to see the best players in the nation prove their case as basketball's player of the year.'

In mid-January, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 List, followed in March by the official voting ballot, consisting of approximately 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The 2006 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 8, 2006, and will be broadcast live on a national CBS telecast. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the Awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund in their name to their university's general scholarship fund.

The Wooden Award Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 by Applied Materials and corporate partners through the California Community Foundation (CCF) to honor Coach Wooden's dedication as an educator and mentor. The Scholarship Fund distributed $10,000 last year to each university represented by a men's and women's Wooden Award All-American Team finalist (for a total of $100,000). Additional donations to Applied Materials' John Wooden Scholarship Fund can be made by contacting the scholarship fund through the CCF (www.calfund.org).

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