Wiggins Named To Preseason Wooden Award Watch List

Nov. 2, 2006

STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford guard Candice Wiggins has been named to the list of 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 John R. Wooden Award.

The 30 candidates are comprised of the top returning players, although transfers, freshmen, medical redshirts and other players who excel throughout the season will be considered for both the midseason top 20 list and the national ballot toward the end of the season.

Wiggins is a two-time All-American and two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year. The 26th player in school history to score 1,000 points in her career, Wiggins led the Pac-10 in scoring (21.8 ppg) last year and currently ranks 17th in school history with 1,352 points scored entering her junior season. Currently the school record-holder in points per game, Wiggins is averaging 19.6 points per contest over two seasons. She is also third in program history in free throw percentage (82.9).

Along with teammate Brooke Smith, Wiggins has also been named to the 25-player watch list for the Wade Trophy, which is presented to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's NCAA Division 1 player of the year. Wiggins has also been recognized by Street & Smith's as a 'Terrific 10' honoree, representing the publication's top 10 players in the nation. Smith was one 10 players named High Honorable Mention for the upcoming season.

The award, which is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters, is entering its fourth year. After Duke's Alana Beard won the inaugural award in 2004, LSU's Seimone Augustus won top honors the past two seasons.

Defending national champion Maryland and ACC rival North Carolina each placed three players on the preseason watch list. Duke, Rutgers and Tennessee each put two players on the list.

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.

This year's top 30 candidates for the 2006-07 Wooden Women's Award are as follows:

Player               Ht Class  Pos  SchoolMatee Ajavon           5-8   JR    G   RutgersMorenike Atunrase     5-10   JR   G-F  Texas AMAlison Bales           6-7   SR    C   DukeMarissa Coleman        6-1   SO   G-F  MarylandJessica Davenport      6-5   SR    C   Ohio StDee Davis              5-7   SR    G   VanderbiltJessica Dickson       5-11   SR    F   South FloridaShay Doron             5-9   SR    G   MarylandSylvia Fowles          6-6   JR    C   LSULindsey Harding        5-8   SR    G   DukeCameo Hicks           5-10   SR    G   WashingtonAlexis Hornbuckle     5-11   JR    G   TennesseeCharde Houston         6-1   JR    F   ConnecticutTasha Humphrey         6-3   JR    F   GeorgiaTye Jackson           5-10   JR    F   HoustonCrystal Kelly          6-3   JR    F   Western KyCrystal Langhorne      6-2   JR   C-F  MarylandErlana Larkins         6-1   JR    F   North CarolinaIvory Latta            5-6   SR    G   North CarolinaCamille Little         6-2   SR   F-G  North CarolinaLyndsey Medders        5-9   SR    G   Iowa StShay Murphy           5-11   SR    G   USCCourtney Paris         6-4   SO    C   OklahomaCandace Parker         6-4   SO   F-C  TennesseeArmintie Price         5-9   SR    G   MississippiNoelle Quinn           6-0   SR    G   UCLAJillian Robbins        6-1   SR    F   TulsaTiffany Jackson        6-3   SR    F   TexasKia Vaughn             6-4   SO    C   RutgersCandice Wiggins       5-11   JR    G   Stanford
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