Brittany Boyd Named To Wooden Midseason Top 20 List
BERKELEY – California junior guard Brittany Boyd has been honored for the second time this week after the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced that she has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 List.
The 21 women selected to the list by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board are candidates who, based on individual performance and team records, are the front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor. (**This year’s midseason list contains 21 players, not the traditional 20, because Duke’s Chelsea Gray was voted to the list by the media based on her play so far this year, despite suffering a season-ending knee injury last week.**)
The National Ballot will be announced later this year and will consist of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.
Boyd, who has earlier this season also been named to the Wade Trophy (WBCA), Lieberman Award (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame) and Naismith Trophy (Atlanta Tip-Off Club) watch lists, is averaging 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.31 steals per game for the No. 15 Golden Bears. She ranks second in the NCAA in steals per game, and the number increases to 3.4 steals per game in conference play to go with 18.0 points in Cal’s five Pac-12 games.
About the John R. Wooden Award
The 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners the weekend of April 11-13, 2014. It will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and will recognize the Legends of Coaching Award recipient Tara VanDerveer of Stanford.
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 or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Maya Moore (’09 and ’11) and Brittney Griner (’12 and ’13).
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award ceremony.
2014 Wooden Midseason Top 20 ListNatalie Achonwa, Notre DameRachel Banham, MinnesotaBrittany Boyd, CaliforniaHallie Christofferson, Iowa StateJerica Coley, FIUDiamond DeShields, North CarolinaStefanie Dolson, UConnChelsea Gray, DukeBria Hartley, UConnJordan Hooper, NebraskaJewell Lloyd, Notre DameMaggie Lucas, Penn StateKayla McBride, Notre DameKaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConnChiney Ogwumike, StanfordTheresa Plaisance, LSUShoni Schimmel, LouisvilleOdyssey Sims, BaylorBreanna Stewart, UConnAlyssa Thomas, MarylandElizabeth Williams , Duke