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Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Lady Vols' Parker, Huskies' Moore finalists for Wooden award

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Tennessee star Candace Parker and Connecticut freshman Maya Moore are among the five finalists for the women's John R. Wooden Award, given to college basketball's top player.

Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, LSU's Sylvia Fowles and Stanford's Candice Wiggins are the other finalists. The men's and women's winners will be announced April 11 in Los Angeles. Tennessee's Pat Summitt will receive the Legends of Coaching award

Parker won the award last year when she led the Lady Vols to the national championship. She led the SEC in scoring with 21.1 points a game this season and helped Tennessee reach the Final Four again despite a dislocated shoulder.

More than 300 national media and college basketball experts had until Tuesday to vote based on regular and postseason performance, character and academic performance.

Moore is the first freshman selected to the Wooden All-American team since Paris in 2006. She led UConn to the Final Four, averaging 18.l points.

Paris averaged 18.6 points and led the nation in rebounding with 15 per game.

Wiggins scored 41 points against Maryland in the NCAA tournament to help Stanford reach the Final Four.