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Five Pac-12 players named to Wooden Award Women's Midseason Top 20

Jan 21, 2015
UW Athletics

The women's Midseason Top 20 for the prestigious John Wooden Award has a distinct West Coast flavor to it.

[Related: 2015 Pac-12 women's basketball schedule]

A full quarter of the list, which was released Wednesday morning, is comprised of players from the Conference of Champions. In total, five Pac-12 stars were part of the midseason selections for the award given annually to the top men's and women's player in college basketball.

Included on the list are:

  • Jillian Alleyne, Oregon: The 2013-14 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year is averaging a double-double so far this year, leading the Ducks with 16.8 points and 15.1 rebounds per game.
  • Brittany Boyd, California: Boyd has put both her shooting, passing and defensive skills on display consistently all year, averaging 13.6 points and 8.4 assists per game along with more than 3 steals per night.
  • Reshanda Gray, California: The second half of the duo affectionately called "Corn Flakes and Milk" (the other one being Boyd), Gray leads the Golden Bears with nearly 20 points per game and is shooting 59 percent from the field.
  • Amber Orrange, Stanford: Her leadership has helped Stanford to a No. 11 ranking in the AP poll while putting up 12.8 points per night and leading the team in average minutes played per night.
  • Kelsey Plum, Washington: Plum's explosive scoring exploits have carried into her sophomore season. Her 24.5 points per game are tops in the Pac-12 and 3rd in the nation; she's also second on the Huskies with 3.7 assists per game.

California joins South Carolina and Connecticut as the only teams in America to place two players in the Top 20. The award will be handed out the weekend of April 10-12.

Stanford standout Chiney Ogwumike won the Wooden Award last season.