TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women’s basketball player Shawntinice Polk has been named to the 2005-06 John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team, composed of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for the award.
"The committee had an incredibly difficult task in narrowing down the nation’s top 30 women’s players," said Mike Solum, Director of the Wooden Award. "This list represents the elite of college basketball, and our entire team at the Wooden Award is excited to see the best players in the nation prove their case as basketball’s player of the year."
A 6-5 senior, Polk is a three-time Kodak honorable mention All-American and All-Pac-10 selection. She is Arizona’s career leader with 46 double-doubles and has 79 double-digit scoring performances in her three seasons. Polk ranks first on the UA career list in rebounding average (9.7 rpg), and is second in rebounds (914) and field goal percentage (.573), third in field goals made (604), fourth in scoring average (15.6 ppg) and points scored (1,467), sixth in free throws made (259) and free throws attempted (454), seventh in minutes played average (28.7), eighth in games started (89) and field goals attempted (1,054), and ninth in personal fouls (295).
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his/her university that he/she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
In mid-January, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 List, followed in March by the official voting ballot. The award ceremony will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 8, 2006 and will be broadcast live on a national CBS telecast.
Wooden Women’s Award Preseason All-American Team - Top 30 Candidates
Player Ht. Yr. Pos. School
Seimone Augustus* 6-1 Sr. G LSU
Nikki Blue 5-8 Sr. G UCLA
Lindsay Bowen 5-7 Sr. G Michigan State
Jazz Covington 6-3 Jr. C Louisville
Monique Currie* 6-0 Sr. G Duke
Jessica Davenport* 6-5 Jr. C Ohio State
Shay Doron 5-9 Jr. G Maryland
Megan Duffy 5-7 Sr. G Notre Dame
Candice Dupree 6-2 Sr. F Temple
Emily Faurholt 5-11 Sr. F Idaho
Sylvia Fowles 6-5 So. C LSU
Katie Gearlds 6-1 Jr. G Purdue
Erin Grant 5-8 Sr. G Texas Tech
Tasha Humphrey 6-3 So. F Georgia
Tiffany Jackson 6-3 Jr. F Texas
Tamara James 5-10 Sr. G/F Miami
Crystal Langhorne 6-3 So. C/F Maryland
Erlana Larkins 6-2 So. F North Carolina
Ivory Latta 5-6 Jr. G North Carolina
Shawntinice Polk 6-5 Sr. C Arizona
Cappie Pondexter 5-9 Sr. G Rutgers
Armintie Price 5-9 Jr. G Mississippi
Noelle Quinn 6-0 Jr. G UCLA
Khara Smith 6-2 Sr. F DePaul
Kim Smith 6-1 Sr. F Utah
Ann Strother 6-3 Sr. G Connecticut
Barbara Turner 6-0 Sr. G/F Connecticut
Candice Wiggins 5-11 So. G Stanford
Mistie Williams 6-3 Sr. F Duke
Sophia Young 6-1 Sr. F Baylor
* Indicates player was a 2004-2005 John R. Wooden Award All-American