LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball senior guard A’dia Mathies was named to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top 30 today announced the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who 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.
Mathies, who was recognized as a top-15 finalist for the award last March, enters her senior year after being named the 2012 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and leading the Wildcats in scoring (15.0 ppg), assists (2.7 apg), steals (2.6 spg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.378) in 2011-12. The Louisville, Ky., native is also on the “Wade Watch” list, while also being tabbed the preseason SEC Player of the Year by the coaches and media and a Senior CLASS Award candidate.
The 5-foot-9 guard leads the Wildcats into their 2012-13 season opener Saturday, Nov. 10 against Delaware State at 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. Mathies looks to climb the UK Hoops record books as she currently sits No. 12 on the school’s career scoring charts (1,435) and No. 6 on the career steals list (251).
The 2012 Wooden Award went to Baylor’s Brittney Griner, whom the Cats will face Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Waco, Texas at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 as part of the State Farm Classic.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the Preseason Top 30. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for January’s midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. 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.