Oct. 23, 2013
Senior guard Shoni Schimmel was named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30 today the Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced. The team is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women's basketball media members.
Schimmel was been a key player in the Cardinals' success last season. Louisville finished as the 2013 NCAA Runner-Up with a 29-9 overall record. The Cardinal finished the 2013 season ranked third in the Coaches Poll. She averaged 16.5 points per game in the NCAA Tournament.
Schimmel was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Oklahoma City Regional. She also earned WBCA All-Region honors and first team All-BIG EAST honors. She leads the Cardinals in scoring and assists with 14.2 points and 3.6 assists per game. She also ranks second on the team in free throw percentage, shooting 81.1 percent. Schimmel earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors after scoring a career-high 38 points against South Florida. She finished league play averaging 15.8 points and 3.5 assists per game.
Connecticut boasts four players on the preseason Top 30 list: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, and Breanna Stewart, all of whom played key roles in the school's title run in 2013. Other names of note include Louisville's Schimmel, who made her mark on the national scene with an impressive performance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and Florida International's Jerica Coley, the country's top scorer a year ago at 26.3 points per game.
The ACC led all conferences with nine selections, followed by the Pac-12 and newly formed American Athletic Conference with five; the SEC with four; the Big 12 and Big Ten with three; and Conference USA with one. In addition to Connecticut, five other schools had multiple players chosen: Duke (Elizabeth Williams, Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston); California (Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon); Notre Dame (Kayla McBride, Natalie Achonwa); Tennessee (Bashaara Graves, Meighan Simmons); and North Carolina (Diamond DeShields, Xylina McDaniel).
Players not chosen to the preseason team are eligible for both the midseason team and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 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, consisting of the nation's top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.
2013-14 John R. Wooden Award® Preseason Top 30, Women
Name Height Class Position University Conference
Natalie Achonwa 6-3 Sr. F Notre Dame ACC
Rachel Banham 5-9 Jr. G Minnesota Big Ten
Brittany Boyd 5-9 Jr. G California Pac-12
Gennifer Brandon 6-2 Sr. F California Pac-12
Hallie Christofferson 6-3 Sr. F Iowa State Big 12
Jerica Coley 5-8 Sr. G FIU Conference USA
Jazmine Davis 5-7 Jr. PG Washington Pac-12
Diamond DeShields 6-1 Fr. G North Carolina ACC
Stefanie Dolson 6-5 Sr. C UConn The American
Aaryn Ellenberg 5-7 Sr. G Oklahoma Big 12
Bashaara Graves 6-2 So. F Tennessee SEC
Chelsea Gray 5-11 Sr. G Duke ACC
Cassie Harberts 6-2 Sr. F USC Pac-12
Bria Hartley 5-8 Sr. G UConn The American
Jordan Hooper 6-2 Sr. F Nebraska Big Ten
Tricia Liston 6-1 Sr. G Duke ACC
Maggie Lucas 5-10 Sr. G Penn State Big Ten
Tyuanna Marshall 5-9 Sr. G Georgia Tech ACC
Kayla McBride 5-11 Sr. G Notre Dame ACC
Xylina McDaniel 6-2 So. F North Carolina ACC
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 6-0 Jr. F UConn The American
Chiney Ogwumike# 6-4 Sr. F Stanford Pac-12
Theresa Plaisance 6-5 Sr. F LSU SEC
Shoni Schimmel 5-6 Jr. G Louisville The American
Meighan Simmons 5-9 Sr. G Tennessee SEC
Odyssey Sims# 5-8 Sr. G Baylor Big 12
DeNesha Stallworth 6-3 Sr. F Kentucky SEC
Breanna Stewart 6-4 So. F UConn The American
Alyssa Thomas 6-2 Sr. F Maryland ACC
Elizabeth Williams 6-3 Jr. C/F Duke ACC