Giuliana Mendiola Named To First-Ever John R. Wooden Women's Award Preseason All-America Team
Aug. 13, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Washington guard Giuliana Mendiola has been named to the first-ever John R. Wooden Women's Award Preseason All-America team, the awards committee announced today.
Mendiola is one of 30 candidates for the inaugural 2003-04 John R. Wooden Women's Award. Last season Mendiola led the Huskies to an overall record of 22-8 and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. She was the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a Kodak/WBCA and Associated Press All-America honorable mention pick. Mendiola was Washington's leader in scoring (17.5), rebounding (6.5) and assists (5.4). Among the other Preseason All-American nominees for the award are Pac-10 players Shawntinice Polk (Arizona) and Nicole Powell (Stanford), as well as UConn's Diana Taurasi and Duke's Alana Beard.
Beginning this season, the John R. Wooden Award will be presented annually to the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player. In mid-January, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top-20 list, followed in March by the official voting ballot, consisting of the top 10-15 players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Over 250 voters, comprised of sports media members and women's college basketball experts across the nation, will then cast their votes for the five-member All-American team and Wooden Award honor as the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player in the United States.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Michael Jordan (1984), Larry Bird (1979), Tim Duncan (1997) and last year's recipient T.J. Ford (2003).
For a complete list of the 2003-04 Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team, visit www.woodenaward.com.