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John R. Wooden Award® Announces 2018-'19 Women's Midseason Top 25 Watch List

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Posted: January 10, 2019 -- 12:52 p.m. CST

January 9, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award Women's Midseason Top 25 on ESPNW. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2018-19 season, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport's most prestigious honor.

On the 2019 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List, three players make their debut on the Wooden Watch after not being named on the Preseason Top 30: Kenisha Bell of Minnesota, Rhyne Howard of Kentucky, and Aari McDonald of Arizona. Four schools have multiple players on the list, led by Connecticut (Napheesa Collier, Crystal Dangerfield, and Katie Lou Samuelson) and Notre Dame (Arike Ogunbowale, Jessica Shepard, and Jackie Young) with three selections each, followed by two schools with two selections each: Baylor (Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox) and Oregon (Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with six selections on the Midseason Top 25; followed by the ACC and SEC with five selections each; and the American, Big 12 and Big Ten with three selections apiece.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2019 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's. The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 top players in early February. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be submitted to voters on the Final Ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. Every year, players have made the Final Ballot that were not on the preseason or midseason lists. Voters are permitted to take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament when casting the ballot. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2019 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 12, 2019.


Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Kristine Anigwe

California

Pac-12

6-4

Sr.

F/C

Kenisha Bell

Minnesota

Big Ten

5-9

Sr.

Guard

Kalani Brown

Baylor

Big 12

6-7

Sr.

Center

Bridget Carleton

Iowa State

Big 12

6-1

Sr.

Guard

Chennedy Carter

Texas A&M

SEC

5-7

So.

Guard

Kaila Charles

Maryland

Big Ten

6-1

Jr.

Guard

Napheesa Collier

Connecticut

The American

6-1

Sr.

Forward

Lauren Cox

Baylor

Big 12

6-4

Jr.

Forward

Sophie Cunningham

Missouri

SEC

6-1

Sr.

Guard

Crystal Dangerfield

Connecticut

The American

5-5

Jr.

Guard

Rennia Davis

Tennessee

SEC

6-2

So.

Guard / Forward

Asia Durr#

Louisville

ACC

5-10

Sr.

Guard

Megan Gustafson

Iowa

Big Ten

6-3

Sr.

Forward

Ruthy Hebard

Oregon

Pac-12

6-4

Jr.

Forward

Rhyne Howard

Kentucky

SEC

6-2

Fr.

G

Sabrina Ionescu#

Oregon

Pac-12

5-11

Jr.

Guard

Tiana Mangakahia

Syracuse

ACC

5-6

Jr.

Guard

Teaira McCowan

Mississippi State

SEC

6-7

Sr.

Center

Aari McDonald

Arizona

Pac-12

5-7

So.

Guard

Arike Ogunbowale

Notre Dame

ACC

5-8

Sr.

Guard

Katie Lou Samuelson#

Connecticut

The American

6-3

Sr.

Guard / Forward

Jessica Shepard

Notre Dame

ACC

6-4

Sr.

Forward

Destiny Slocum

Oregon State

Pac-12

5-7

So.

Guard

Alanna Smith

Stanford

Pac-12

6-4

Sr.

Forward

Jackie Young

Notre Dame

ACC

6-0

Jr.

Guard

# - indicates players selected as a 2017-18 John R. Wooden Award All American®

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