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    Jan. 17, 2014

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The four Connecticut women’s basketball players who earned a spot on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List have retained their status on the now-narrowed Top-20 Midseason List. The UConn quartet of Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, and Breanna Stewart, who all average double figures for the Huskies, represent the American Athletic Conference along with Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel. UConn leads all universities with four selections, while three players hail from Notre Dame and two from Duke.

    Dolson has posted big numbers so far in her senior season, making history with UConn’s second triple-double against Oregon (26 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists) on Nov. 20. Dolson averages 13.2 points per contest and, against Houston, set a career-high with eight blocks. The senior then matched that performance with eight blocks in the team’s subsequent game against Temple. Dolson eclipsed 1,500 career points against Memphis on Jan. 4, joining fellow senior Bria Hartley and becoming the third set of UConn classmates to net 1,500 career tallies.

    Hartley, who was just named to the 2014 Lieberman Award Watch List earlier this week, averages 13.9 points per game and 4.4 assists per game. The senior hsa scored 20-plus points in three contests this season, including a career-high tying 29 points against Penn State on Nov. 17 to help her earn Conference Player of the Week Honors from the American.

    After suffering an injury that sidelined her for eight games, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis returned to the court against No. 2 Duke on Dec. 17 and wasted little time returning to form as the NCAA’s reigning 3-point shooter. The junior set a career-high by making seven 3-pointers, finishing with 21 total points against the Blue Devils. The California native is averaging 11.1 points and 1.5 assists per game.

    Stewart leads the squad from a statistical standpoint, averaging 18.1 points per game and 2.7 blocks per contest. In what has been an excellent sophomore campaign she has tied her career-high in points (29 against then-No. 21 Cal), blocked shots (6 against Houston), and set a career-best with 13 rebounds against UC-Davis.  Stewart has recorded five double-double games and scored more than 20 points on seven occasions this season. She has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week twice (Dec. 23, Jan. 13), WBCA National Player of the Week (Dec. 24), and, for the second time in three years, received USA Basketball’s Female Athlete of the Year Award.

    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.

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    2013-14 John R. Wooden Award®
    Midseason Top 20 List, Women

    Name

    Height

    Class

    Position

    University

    Conference

    Natalie Achonwa

    6-3

    Sr.

    F

    Notre Dame

    ACC

    Rachel Banham

    5-9

    Jr.

    G

    Minnesota

    Big Ten

    Brittany Boyd

    5-9

    Jr.

    G

    California

    Pac-12

    Hallie Christofferson

    6-3

    Sr.

    F

    Iowa State

    Big 12

    Jerica Coley

    5-8

    Sr.

    G

    FIU

    Conference USA

    Diamond DeShields

    6-1

    Fr.

    G

    North Carolina

    ACC

    Stefanie Dolson

    6-5

    Sr.

    C

    UConn

    The American

    Chelsea Gray*

    5-11

    Sr.

    G

    Duke

    ACC

    Bria Hartley

    5-8

    Sr.

    G

    UConn

    The American

    Jordan Hooper

    6-2

    Sr.

    F

    Nebraska

    Big Ten

    Jewell Loyd

    5-10

    So.

    G

    Notre Dame

    ACC

    Maggie Lucas

    5-10

    Sr.

    G

    Penn State

    Big Ten

    Kayla McBride

    5-11

    Sr.

    G

    Notre Dame

    ACC

    Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

    6-0

    Jr.

    F

    UConn

    The American

    Chiney Ogwumike#

    6-4

    Sr.

    F

    Stanford

    Pac-12

    Theresa Plaisance

    6-5

    Sr.

    F

    LSU

    SEC

    Shoni Schimmel

    5-6

    Jr.

    G

    Louisville

    The American

    Odyssey Sims#

    5-8

    Sr.

    G

    Baylor

    Big 12

    Breanna Stewart

    6-4

    So.

    F

    UConn

    The American

    Alyssa Thomas

    6-2

    Sr.

    F

    Maryland

    ACC

    Elizabeth Williams

    6-3

    Jr.

    C/F

    Duke

    ACC

     

    (Based on a midseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)
    # indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden Award All American Team
    *Gray selected based on play prior to season-ending injury