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Kentucky's Mathies named Wooden Award finalist

Kentucky Wildcats' A'dia Mathies (1) took a shot past South Carolina's Courtney Newton (22) in the first half of the South Carolina at Kentucky women's basketball game at Memorial Coliseum  in Lexington, Ky., on Feb. 23, 2012. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Kentucky Wildcats' A'dia Mathies (1) took a shot past South Carolina's Courtney Newton (22) in the first half of the South Carolina at Kentucky women's basketball game at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky., on Feb. 23, 2012. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky junior guard A'dia Mathies was one of 15 finalists named Wednesday for the John R. Wooden Award, which is presented annually to the top men's and women's players in college basketball.

On Tuesday, UK teammates Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were named finalists for the men's award.

Mathies, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, helped lead UK to its first SEC regular-season championship since 1982. She leads the Wildcats in scoring (15.7 points per game), three-point field goal percentage (.381) and steals (2.7 steals per game). The Louisville native is second on the team in rebounds (5.3 per game), three-point field goals made (48) and assists (2.5 per game).

The list of Wooden Award finalists included seven seniors: Tiffany Hayes of Connecticut, Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams of Miami (Fla.), Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford, Samantha Prahalis of Ohio State, Shekinna Stricklen of Tennessee and Julie Wojta of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The three juniors joining Mathies on the list were Elena Delle Donne of Delaware, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame and Brittney Griner of Baylor.

Sophomores were Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland. The lone freshman was Elizabeth Williams of Duke.

Winners will be honored at the Wooden Award Gala on April 6.

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