Two Big Ten Women's Basketball Stars Named to Wooden Award All-America Team
April 1, 2005
PARK RIDGE, IL - The John R. Wooden Award Committee announced March 30 that two Big Ten student-athletes have been named to its second annual Women's All-America Team. Minnesota's Janel McCarville and Ohio State's Jessica Davenport, along with Seimone Augustus of LSU, Duke's Monique Currie and Kendra Wecker of Kansas State, are the five finalists who will be invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award Ceremony.
Davenport stepped into the national spotlight this season after leading the Buckeyes to a share of the Big Ten title. The 6-4 sophomore averaged 19.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and led all Big Ten shot-blockers at a clip of 3.3 blocks per game, while shooting 59 percent from the field. The Conference Player of the Year set the League record of 12 blocks against Michigan State on February 20, when she recorded her first career triple-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds and a dozen swats. She finished with 116 blocks this season, making her just the third Big Ten shot-blocker to ever record 100 or more rejections in a game.
McCarville was named a 2005 First Team All-Big Ten selection while leading the Golden Gophers in points (16.0 ppg), rebounds (10.6 rpg), assists (3.7 apg) and steals (2.2 spg). This season, McCarville led her Minnesota squad to its first-ever Big Ten Tournament final and to its third-straight Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Championship. Last season, McCarville shattered the NCAA Tournament rebound record with 75 total boards, while helping Minnesota to its first-ever Final Four.
In 2003-04, the Big Ten also had two representatives - Penn State's Kelly Mazzante and Purdue's Shereka Wright - named to the first women's Wooden Award All-America Team. In the two years of the award, the Big Ten has boasted four of the 10 representatives, which is twice more than the next conference.
The 2005 award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-America Teams, and Legends of Coaching Award recipient Jim Calhoun of the University of Connecticut, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 9, 2005, and will be broadcast live on a national CBS telecast at 12 noon CT. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund for their university's general scholarship fund.
2004-05 WOODEN AWARD ALL-AMERICA TEAM
ALL-TIME CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN OF WOODEN AWARD ALL-AMERICA TEAM (2004, 2005)