Terps, Tar Heels dominate Wooden candidates
Defending national champion Maryland and ACC rival North Carolina each had three players named to the list of 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 John R. Women's Wooden Award on Wednesday.
Duke, Rutgers and Tennessee each put two players on the list.
The 30 candidates are comprised of the top returning players, although transfers, freshmen, medical redshirts and other players who excel throughout the season will be considered for both the midseason top 20 list and the national ballot toward the end of the season.
The award, which is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters, is entering its fourth year. After Duke's Alana Beard won the inaugural award in 2004, LSU's Seimone Augustus won top honors the past two seasons.
A look at this year's top 30 candidates for the 2006-07 Wooden Women's Award:
Player Ht Class Pos School Matee Ajavon 5-8 JR G Rutgers Morenike Atunrase 5-10 JR G-F Texas AM Alison Bales 6-7 SR C Duke Marissa Coleman 6-1 SO G-F Maryland Jessica Davenport 6-5 SR C Ohio St Dee Davis 5-7 SR G Vanderbilt Jessica Dickson 5-11 SR F South Florida Shay Doron 5-9 SR G Maryland Sylvia Fowles 6-6 JR C LSU Lindsey Harding 5-8 SR G Duke Cameo Hicks 5-10 SR G Washington Alexis Hornbuckle 5-11 JR G Tennessee Charde Houston 6-1 JR F Connecticut Tasha Humphrey 6-3 JR F Georgia Tye Jackson 5-10 JR F Houston Crystal Kelly 6-3 JR F Western Ky Crystal Langhorne 6-2 JR C-F Maryland Erlana Larkins 6-1 JR F North Carolina Ivory Latta 5-6 SR G North Carolina Camille Little 6-2 SR F-G North Carolina Lyndsey Medders 5-9 SR G Iowa St Shay Murphy 5-11 SR G USC Courtney Paris 6-4 SO C Oklahoma Candace Parker 6-4 SO F-C Tennessee Armintie Price 5-9 SR G Mississippi Noelle Quinn 6-0 SR G UCLA Jillian Robbins 6-1 SR F Tulsa Tiffany Jackson 6-3 SR F Texas Kia Vaughn 6-4 SO C Rutgers Candice Wiggins 5-11 JR G Stanford