Kelley Suminski Named to Wooden Award Preseason List

Aug. 20, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - This week, the Wooden Award announced its 2004-05 Preseason List for the John R. Wooden Award following a national poll by the National Advisory Board, and Stanford senior guard Kelley Suminski (Chester, N.J./Mendham) is among the 30 student-athletes on the watch list. The candidates were chosen based on their individual performances and team records last season, although freshmen and transfers are eligible for the Mid-season Top 20 and the National Ballot.'Kelley is the ultimate competitor,' noted head coach Tara VanDerveer. 'She does whatever our team needs. She is a terrific player, an outstanding leader and even better person.'Suminski has started 93 games in her career, including all 34 contests last season as she helped guide the team into the Elite Eight. Suminski finished her junior season averaging 30.4 minutes, 10.0 points and 2.9 assists per game as the Cardinal won its second-straight Pac-10 Tournament Title.The John R. Wooden Award, created in 1976, is the most prestigious honor in college basketball and is presented to the nation's best collegiate player who is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a 2.0 GPA.'The Committee had an incredibly difficult task in narrowing down the nation's top 30 women's players. In fact, 67 players received at least one vote, which truly illustrates the parity of women's college basketball today,' 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.'Last year, Stanford's Nicole Powell was named to the first-ever women's Wooden Award All-America team as one of the five finalists for the 2004 Wooden Award.The Wooden Award Committee will release the Mid-season Top 20 in mid-January and the official voting ballot in March, which will include the top 10-15 players. The 2005 Award ceremony 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 on April 9, 2005.Wooden Women's Award Preseason
All-American Team - Top 30 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Player Height Year Position School
Seimone Augustus6'1'Jr.G LSU
Jacqueline Batteast6'2'Sr.FNotre Dame
Steffanie Blackmon6'2'Sr.FBaylor
Nikki Blue5'8'Jr.GUCLA
Jamie Carey5'6'Sr.GTexas
Monique Currie6'0'Jr.GDuke
Shyra Ely6'2'Sr.FTennessee
Emily Faurholt5'11'Jr.FIdaho
Katie Feenstra6'8'Sr.CLiberty
Katie Gearlds6'1'So.GPurdue
Sandora Irvin6'3'Sr.FTCU
Dionnah Jackson5'9'Sr.GOklahoma
Tiffany Jackson6'3'So.FTexas
Temeka Johnson5'3'Sr.GLSU
Camille Little6'1'So.G/FNorth Carolina
Kristen Mann6'2'Sr.FUC Santa Barbara
Janel McCarville6'2'Sr.FMinnesota
Loree Moore5'9'Sr.GTennessee
Shawntinice Polk6'5'Jr.CArizona
Cappie Pondexter5'9' Sr.GRutgers
Noelle Quinn6'0'So.GUCLA
Heather Schreiber6'2'Sr.F/GTexas
Khara Smith6'2'Jr.FDepaul
Kim Smith6'1'So.FUtah
Ann Strother6'2'Jr.GConnecticut
Kelley Suminski 5'9' Sr. GStanford
Barbara Turner6'0'Jr.G/FConnecticut
Kendra Wecker5'11'Sr.FKansas State
Tan White5'8'Sr.GMississippi State
Tanisha Wright5'11'Sr.GPenn State
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