Wiggins Up For Wooden, Kodak Lists; Smith Also Recognized
March 8, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Junior guard Candice Wiggins (San Diego, Calif.) has been named to the 16-player national ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, in addition to being recognized as a finalist for the Kodak All-America Team along with senior forward/center Brooke Smith (San Anselmo, Calif.).
More than 200 voters, comprised of sports media members and women's college basketball experts across the nation, will vote during the final week of March for the five-member All-America team and Wooden Award, which honors the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player.
Wiggins was joined on the official Wooden Award ballot by Marissa Coleman (Maryland), Jessica Davenport (Ohio State), Sylvia Fowles (LSU), Katie Gearlds (Purdue), Chrissy Given (Middle Tennessee State), Lindsey Harding (Duke), Tasha Humphrey (Georgia), Crystal Langhorne (Maryland), Erlana Larkins (North Carolina), Ivory Latta (North Carolina), Angel McCoughtry (Louisville), Bernice Mosby (Baylor), Courtney Paris (Oklahoma), Candace Parker (Tennessee) and Armintice Price (Mississippi).
Additionally, Wiggins and Smith have been named Kodak finalists after being tabbed to the WBCA Region team. Also included on the regional squad are: Devanei Hampton (California), Shay Murphy (USC), Noelle Quinn (UCLA) and Emily Westerberg (Arizona State).
Wiggins, a two-time All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year, leads the Cardinal in scoring (16.9 ppg) and three-pointers (75). A 46.2-percent shooter from the field, Wiggins also ranks third in assists (88) and is pulling down 4.0 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in 23 games overall. Wiggins was named the Pac-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after averaging 21.6 points per game in three contests.
Smith is one of just two Cardinal players to start all 32 games. She ranks second on the squad in scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg), leads the club in assists (115) and has scored in double-figures 26 times. Smith is also a 2007 All Pac-10 pick and was named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team.
Both Smith and Wiggins are in the running for numerous national awards this year.
Stanford is idle for the remainder of the week and continues to prepare for the 2007 NCAA Tournament, which begins Saturday, Mar. 17.
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