Pedersen, Ogwumike are named to women's basketball Wooden Award midseason Top 20 list


Stanford senior forward Kayla Pedersen and junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 10 list, it was learned Tuesday.

The midseason list consists of 20 players who are the current frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.

All players nationally who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 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.

The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight round.

The Pac-10 is tied for the second-most players selected to the watch list and Stanford is one of two teams with multiple players on the list. The ACC leads the way with four players, including two from North Carolina. UCLA's Jasmine Dixon is also on the list.

Ogwumike and Pedersen are two of the key players in Stanford's return to the national top-five in terms of rankings, and in helping defeat the then- top-ranked Connecticut in late December, ending the Huskies' record 90-game win streak.

Ogwumike, a Wooden All-American last year, leads the Cardinal in points (17.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg), and ranks in the top 25 in the nation with a 59.3 shooting percentage.

Pedersen is third on the squad in scoring, averaging 11.5 points and second in rebounding at 8.2.

— PA Weekly Online Sports

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