Stanford senior point guard Amber Orrange was among 20 women's basketball players named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Midseason Top 20, it was announced Wednesday.
The 20 student-athletes are the front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor at roughly the halfway point of the 2014-15 season. The list is chosen by a poll of national college women's college basketball media members.
The Pac-12 led all conferences with five selections, followed by the ACC and SEC with four each and the Big 12 with three. Joining Orrange are California's Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray as well as Washington's Kelsey Plum and Oregon's Jillian Alleyne.
The 39th annual Wooden Award ceremony that will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners takes place the weekend of April 10-12, 2015.
Orrange, one of three team captains, is one of the premier point guards in the country and has the numbers to back it up in 2014-15. Her 1,179 career points rank 28th all-time at Stanford. She has recently passed Joslyn Tinkle (1,091), Jillian Harmon (1,096), Jill Yanke (1,134) and Kami Anderson (1,141).
Orrange has stepped up her game in league contests and is seventh in the Pac-12 averaging 15.8 points to go along with 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists against Pac-12 opponents after averaging 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in non-conference action.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Candace Parker ('07 and '08), Kevin Durant ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09 and '11). Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike won the 2014 Wooden Award.