Stanford's Thompson on women's Wooden Award watch list


Stanford junior Lili Thompson is among 30 women's basketball players who have been named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30.

Thompson is one of three Pac-12 players on the list and is joined by Oregon's Jillian Alleyne and Washington's Kelsey Plum. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor and is chosen by a preseason poll of national women's college basketball media members.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike won the 2014 Wooden Award.

In the early going this season, Thompson is averaging 15.5 points and is shooting 45.5 percent from behind the arc. On Sunday, she came off the bench at Gonzaga to pour in 21 points in 29 minutes and went 4-of-7 on 3-pointers. Her sixth career 20-point effort helped No. 15 Stanford (2-0) close the game on a 19-1 run and beat the Bulldogs, 65-48.

The Cardinal's leading returning scorer, Thompson earned her first selection to the All-Pac-12 squad in her sophomore season.

The Cardinal opens its home schedule with its first ranked test of the season, hosting No. 22 George Washington in Maples Pavilion on Saturday at noon.

— Stanford Athletics

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