Kentucky's Mathies named Wooden Award finalist

March 14, 2013 


Kentucky guard A'dia Mathies drove to the basket past Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick on Sunday. In her final home game, Mathies finished with 16 points, four assists, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Photo by Jonathan Palmer

Kentucky senior guard A'dia Mathies has been named one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award for the second straight season.

The Wooden Award, which goes to college basketball's top student-athlete, will be presented April 12 in Los Angeles. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the weekend of the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.

Mathies, the Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Year, has scored in double figures in 30 of 32 games this season in helping lead Kentucky to a 27-5 record.

The Louisville native leads seventh-ranked Kentucky in scoring (15.9 ppg), three-point field goals made (64), three-point percentage (.408) and field goals made (185). She is second on the team in assists (2.3) and steals (1.9) per game and third in rebounds (4.5).

Mathies is also on the watch lists for the State Farm Wade Trophy, the Naismith Trophy and the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award.

Joining Mathies as Wooden Award finalists are Kelsey Bone of Texas A&M, Elena Delle Donne of Delaware, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame, Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis of Connecticut, Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams of Duke, Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims of Baylor, Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland, Maggie Lucas of Penn State, Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford and Meighan Simmons of Tennessee.

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