Terps, Tar Heels dominate Wooden candidates

Defending national champion Maryland and ACC rival North Carolina each had three players named to the list of 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 John R. Women's Wooden Award on Wednesday.

Duke, Rutgers and Tennessee each put two players on the list.

The 30 candidates are comprised of the top returning players, although transfers, freshmen, medical redshirts and other players who excel throughout the season will be considered for both the midseason top 20 list and the national ballot toward the end of the season.

The award, which is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters, is entering its fourth year. After Duke's Alana Beard won the inaugural award in 2004, LSU's Seimone Augustus won top honors the past two seasons.

A look at this year's top 30 candidates for the 2006-07 Wooden Women's Award:

Player Ht Class Pos School
Matee Ajavon 5-8 JR G Rutgers
Morenike Atunrase 5-10 JR G-F Texas AM
Alison Bales 6-7 SR C Duke
Marissa Coleman 6-1 SO G-F Maryland
Jessica Davenport 6-5 SR C Ohio St
Dee Davis 5-7 SR G Vanderbilt
Jessica Dickson 5-11 SR F South Florida
Shay Doron 5-9 SR G Maryland
Sylvia Fowles 6-6 JR C LSU
Lindsey Harding 5-8 SR G Duke
Cameo Hicks 5-10 SR G Washington
Alexis Hornbuckle 5-11 JR G Tennessee
Charde Houston 6-1 JR F Connecticut
Tasha Humphrey 6-3 JR F Georgia
Tye Jackson 5-10 JR F Houston
Crystal Kelly 6-3 JR F Western Ky
Crystal Langhorne 6-2 JR C-F Maryland
Erlana Larkins 6-1 JR F North Carolina
Ivory Latta 5-6 SR G North Carolina
Camille Little 6-2 SR F-G North Carolina
Lyndsey Medders 5-9 SR G Iowa St
Shay Murphy 5-11 SR G USC
Courtney Paris 6-4 SO C Oklahoma
Candace Parker 6-4 SO F-C Tennessee
Armintie Price 5-9 SR G Mississippi
Noelle Quinn 6-0 SR G UCLA
Jillian Robbins 6-1 SR F Tulsa
Tiffany Jackson 6-3 SR F Texas
Kia Vaughn 6-4 SO C Rutgers
Candice Wiggins 5-11 JR G Stanford