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John R. Wooden Award Announces 2019-20 Midseason Top 25 Watch List
POSTED: January 8, 2020 -- 9:32 p.m. CT
The John R. Wooden Award® announced the Women's Midseason Top 25 Watch List on ESPNW. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2019-20 season, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport's most prestigious honor.
On the 2020 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List, four players make their debut on the Wooden Watch after not being named on the Preseason Top 30 Watch List: Aliyah Boston (South Carolina), Elissa Cunane (NC State), Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Connecticut) and Megan Walker (Connecticut).
Five schools, all currently ranked in the top-six of the AP Poll, have multiple players on the list, led by Connecticut with four selections (Crystal Dangerfield, Nelson-Ododa, Walker, and Christyn Williams), followed by Oregon with three selections (Ruthy Hebard, Sabrina Ionescu, and Satou Sabally), and three schools with two selections each: Baylor (Lauren Cox and Juicy Landrum), Oregon State (Mikayla Pivec and Destiny Slocum), and South Carolina (Boston and Tyasha Harris).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with seven selections, followed by the SEC with six, the ACC and American with four each, and the Big 12 and Big Ten with two selections apiece.
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The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award Women's Player of the Year presented by Wendy's. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2020 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy's during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 10, 2020.
John R. Wooden Award Announces 2019-20 Preseason Top 30 Watch List
|Aliyah Boston||South Carolina||SEC||6'5"||Fr||F/C|
|Chennedy Carter||Texas A&M||SEC||5'7"||Jr||G|
|Kaila Charles||Maryland||Big Ten||6'1"||Sr||G|
|Lauren Cox||Baylor||Big 12||6'4"||Sr||F|
|Elissa Cunane||NC State||ACC||6'4"||Soph||C|
|Crystal Dangerfield||UConn||The American||5'5"||Sr||G|
|Kiah Gillespie||Florida State||ACC||6'2"||Jr||F|
|Tyasha Harris||South Carolina||SEC||5'10"||Sr||G|
|Juicy Landrum||Baylor||Big 12||5'8"||Sr||G|
|Olivia Nelson-Ododa||UConn||The American||6'5"||Soph||C/G|
|Ali Patberg||Indiana||Big Ten||5'11"||Jr||G|
|Mikayla Pivec||Oregon State||Pac-12||5'10"||Sr||G|
|Destiny Slocum||Oregon State||Pac-12||5'7"||Jr||G|
|Megan Walker||UConn||The American||6'1"||Jr||F|
|Christyn Williams||UConn||The American||5'11"||Soph||G|
# - indicates player selected as the 2019 Wooden Award Player of the Year
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