Junior guard Tiffany Mitchell became South Carolina’s first Wooden Award finalist, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday night on ESPNU.
The award is given to college basketball's top female player.
Mitchell will join the other four finalists in Los Angeles for the first-ever College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s program at 8 p.m. April 10 on ESPN2. Mitchell repeated as SEC Player of the Year this season as voted by the league’s coaches, adding the honor in the Associated Press list this season. A versatile guard, she is the only player the conference who completed the entire season and ranked in the top 15 in scoring (6th, 14.5 ppg), assists (10th, 2.9 apg) and steals (11th, 1.8 spg). Mitchell has led the team in scoring a team-high 17 times and has scored in double figures 28 times in 36 games this season. Even with so much focus on stopping her, the nation’s best teams have not succeeded as she averages 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in the Gamecocks’ 12 games against nationally ranked opponents, during which they are 10-2 this season. Mitchell in NCAA Tournament action is averaging 15.0 points and 5.0 assists per game, powering the Gamecocks into their first-ever NCAA Women’s Final Four.
2015 Wooden Award Finalists
... Nina Davis, Baylor
... Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame
... Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
... Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut
... Breanna Stewart, Connecticut