Mathies named to Wooden Award Top 20 list

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball senior guard A’dia Mathies was named to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s Midseason Top 20 list announced today the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 20 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December and January, are the frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

Mathies, who was recognized as a top-15 finalist for the award last March, leads the Wildcats in scoring (15.4 ppg), 3-point field goals made (43) and 3-point percentage (.422), while ranking third on the squad in steals (1.6 spg), rebounds (4.3 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg). She has posted double-figure scoring in 17-of-19 games this season, including four with 20-plus points.

Mathies’ stellar play has turned up a notch in Southeastern Conference action as she currently leads the league in scoring with 19.8 points per game and is shooting a league-high .553 percent (21-of-38) from the 3-point line.

The 5-foot-9 guard has guided the Wildcats (18-1, 6-0 SEC) into the top five of both national polls, helped them win a nation-leading 17 straight games, and a school-record 33 consecutive home games. She ranks fourth overall on the all-time scoring chart and is the all-time leading scorer for a guard in UK Hoops history with 1,727 points.

Mathies is one of just two SEC players on the prestigious Wooden Award midseason list, along with Texas A&M junior center Kelsey Bone.

The Louisville, Ky., native is also on the watch list for several other national awards, including the Wade Trophy, the Naismith Trophy and the Senior CLASS Award.

The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala, will take place Friday, April 12, and will honor Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, All-Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner Bill Self of Kansas.

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