Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart have been named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top-30 List as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women’s basketball media members
UConn led all programs with four selections to the 30-member list. Recently, all four student-athletes earned preseason accolades from the American Athletic Conference as Stewart was honored as the Preseason Player of the Year while Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis joined her on the Preseason First Team. Hartley earned Honorable Mention status.
Players not chosen to the preseason team are eligible for both the mid-season 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.
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).