Five Pac-12 women's basketball players named to Wooden Award watch list
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Five Pac-12 women’s basketball players were named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Watch List, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club today. Brittany Boyd and Gennifer Brandon of CALIFORNIA, Jazmine Davis of WASHINGTON, Cassie Harberts of USC, and Chiney Ogwumike of STANFORD were included in the 30-player list, which is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women’s basketball media members.
Ogwumike, a senior from Cyprus, Texas, is one of two Wooden All-Americans that return from last year. She was the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2012-13 after leading the Conference in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage (22.4 ppg, 12.9 rbpg, .586 fg pct).
Boyd, a junior from Berkeley, Calif., and Brandon, a senior from Sylmar, Calif., are returning starters from a Bears team that won a share of the Pac-12 title and advanced to the Final Four. Boyd started all 35 games and was the second- leading scorer (12.5 ppg) and was named first team All-Pac-12 in 2012-13. Brandon broke Cal’s single-season rebounding record, finishing the year with 346 and earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
Harberts, a senior from San Clemente, Calif., enters her final season at USC ranked 16th all-time in scoring with 1,293 points, having started 95 games in her career. Her 18 points per game in 2012-13 was third-best in the Pac- 12.
Davis, a junior from San Jose, Calif., was Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2011-12 and is a two-time All-Pac-12 First Team performer. She was second in the Pac-12 in scoring (19.3 ppg) and averaged a league-high 37.7 minutes per game last year. Davis holds the record for most points through her first two seasons in UW history with 1,113 total points.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball, bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher learning. The Pac-12 is second behind the ACC in most members on the watch list.