UConn’s Paige Bookers is the only freshman among the 15 female female college basketball players in the national Wooden Award poll, which was released on Saturday.
South Carolina striker Alia Boston and Stanford guard Hailey Jones were the only other subordinates on the list. Stanford was the only school with many representatives, as senior guard Kiana Williams was also included in the top 15.
The SEC and Big 12 each had three players on the ballot. Dana Evans of Louisville, who was named ACC Player of the Year for the second season in a row earlier this week, is one of seven adults in the top 15. Raine Howard of Kentucky, an SEC player for the second season in a row, is one of five young men.
Bueckers led UConn to a 21-1 record and No. 1 in the AP Top 25. Earlier this week, Bueckers joined Maya Moore as the only woman to win the Big East Awards and freshman of the year that season. Bueckers leads UConn in results (19.8 PPG), assists (6.2 APG), theft (2.4 SPG) and shooting with 3 points (47.6%).
Charlie Collier of Texas, who is in charge of drafts and is scheduled to be No. 1 in the 2021 WNBA Draft, was also included in the national vote.
The wooden award in honor of the best basketball player in the Women’s College was established in 2004. Sabrina Ionescu from Oregon won the award in 2018-19 and 2019-20. The Wooden Award All-America team will be announced in late March, and the winner in 2021 will be revealed after the NCAA tournament in April.