Kim Smith has been named a Wooden Award Midseason All-American.
Feb. 2, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY -- With the women's college basketball season currently immersed in conference play, the John R. Wooden Award Committee announced the 2005-06 Midseason All-American Team for the Women's Wooden Award Thursday. Comprised of the top 20 players who are expected to contend for this year's player of the year Award, the midseason list is based on individual player performance and team records through the first half of the season.
The midseason list includes 2004-2005 Wooden Award All-Americans Seimone Augustus (LSU), Monique Currie (Duke) and Jessica Davenport (Ohio State). Augustus, last year's Wooden Award winner, is posting an SEC conference-best 20.8 points per game average to lead the Lady Tigers. Not to be outdone, Currie is averaging stellar all-around numbers (15.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg) for the No. 2 Blue Devils, while Davenport leads the Big Ten in points (18.9 ppg) and blocks (2.7 bpg). Other Midseason candidates that were in the running for last year's Wooden Award include Utah's Smith, Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers), Khara Smith (DePaul) and Sophia Young (Baylor). Both the nation's leading scorer, Jessica Dickson (23.5 ppg), and leading rebounder, Courtney Paris (14.8 rpg), were added to the midseason list.
Five players who were not Women's Wooden Award Preseason Candidates have been added to the list. In total, 11 seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen were included in the midseason list.
"The Midseason Selection Committee had a tough chore in narrowing the list to 20 players due to the parity of today's elite players and teams," said Mike Solum, director of the John R. Wooden Award. "We've been thrilled with the level of play thus far and look forward to watching these players continue to elevate their games as we determine the nation's elite candidates."
Eight NCAA conferences are represented on the list, including the ACC, Atlantic 10, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Mountain West, Pac-10 and SEC. The best-represented conferences include the ACC, Big East and SEC, which each have four candidates. LSU, featuring Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles, is the only team with two midseason candidates.
Players who do not make the midseason list are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be selected in March and will consist of approximately 15 players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. More than 200 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts across the nation, will then cast their votes to determine both the five-member All-American team and player of the year recipient.