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Kelsey Griffin was one of five Wooden All-Americans named on Wednesday.
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          Release: 04/01/2010
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Griffin Named Finalist for Wooden Award

Lincoln - Kelsey Griffin's list of honors continued to increase on Wednesday, when the Husker senior was named one of five members of the 2010 John R. Wooden All-America Team.

Griffin, a 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, is now one of five finalists for the Wooden Award presented annually to the national player of the year in women's college basketball. The presentation of the Wooden Award will be made at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 9 at 8:30 p.m. (central time).

Joining Griffin among the finalists is 2009 Wooden Award winner and three-time Wooden All-American Maya Moore from Connecticut. Moore's UConn teammate Tina Charles and Stanford's Jayne Appel and Nnemkadi Ogwumike rounded out the list of Wooden All-Americans.

"The talent on the 2010 Wooden Award All American Team is incredible this year, and even making the ballot was tough this season," said Steve Hathaway, president of The Los Angeles Athletic Club, speaking on behalf of hospitalized Wooden Award Chairman and Founder Richard "Duke" Llewellyn.  

Griffin, Nebraska's first-ever Wooden All-American, captured Big 12 Player-of-the-Year honors by averaging 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while leading Nebraska to the best season in school history. Griffin also ranked among national leaders in field goal percentage (59.6 percent), while shattering Nebraska's game, season and career free throw records. The three-time first-team All-Big 12 selection on and off the court also earned a spot on the 2010 Big 12 All-Defensive Team after snagging 60 steals, blocking 26 shots and leading the Huskers with a remarkable 29 charges drawn.

A 2010 first-team All-American by the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association, Griffin is also a finalist for the Naismith and Wade trophies. She is also a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the V Foundation Comeback Award and the National Consortium on Academics and Sports Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete Award.

Just the second player in Nebraska history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 career rebounds, Griffin led the Huskers to their first Big 12 title and first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. Along the way, Nebraska tied the Big 12 record with a 30-game winning streak while becoming the first Big 12 team to produce and unbeaten regular season (29-0). Griffin led NU to its highest national rankings in school history (No. 3 AP/Coaches) and its first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, before finishing with a 32-2 overall record. 

The Wooden Award takes into account not only the on-court performance by players during the regular and postseasons through the NCAA Sweet 16, it also considers a player's character and academic performance. More than 100 national media members voted on the award, choosing from 22 student-athletes on the final ballot.

The 34th John R. Wooden Award Presentation Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 9 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 W. Seventh Street in Los Angeles.  In addition to honoring the John R. Wooden Award All-American teams, the "Legends of Coaching" Award will be presented to Florida's Billy Donovan, who made his 10th appearance as a coach in the NCAA Tournament this year. The final vote tally will be released that night as well. Tickets are $105 and may be obtained by calling The Los Angeles Athletic Club at (213) 630-5231; the event always sells out. For up to date information on all of the Wooden Award candidates, please go to www.woodenaward.com.

The winners will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund. 

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include Larry Bird (1979), Michael Jordan (1984), and Tim Duncan (1997), Kevin Durant of Texas (2007) and Candace Parker of Tennessee (2007 and 2008). Blake Griffin of Oklahoma and UConn's Maya Moore won the Award last year.

Women's 2010 John R. Wooden Award All American Team

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

Jayne Appel

6-4

Sr.

F/C

Stanford

Pac-10

Tina Charles

6-4

Sr.

C

Connecticut

Big East

Kelsey Griffin

6-2

Sr.

F

Nebraska

Big 12

Maya Moore $#

6-0

Jr.

F

Connecticut

Big East

Nnemkadi Ogwumike

6-2

So.

F

Stanford

Pac-10

$ 2009 Wooden Award winner - # 2008 Wooden All-American Team

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