Goodrich Named to Wooden Midseason Top-20 List

Jan. 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Kansas senior Angel Goodrich, who is the Big 12 Conference leader in steals and ranks third in assists, was one of 20 student-athletes named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-20 List, as announced Tuesday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club President Steve Hathaway.

Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, Goodrich, along with the remaining 19 honorees, based on their performances in November, December, and January, are the frontrunners for selection to the national ballot of college basketball’s most prestigious award. The national ballot consists of approximately 15 players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Through 16 games, Goodrich is second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points and has scored in double-digits 11 times. She also leads the squad in assists (104) and steals (49). She is just four points away from scoring 1,000 points in her career to become the 26th player in Kansas history to reach this milestone.

Goodrich joins Baylor’s Brittney Griner, the 2012 Wooden Award winner, and Odyseey Sims, as the three selections from the Big 12 Conference. KU’s Carolyn Davis, who was a member of the original 50-member preseason list, was not among the midseason honorees.

The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced on April 12, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club as part of the 37th annual Wooden Award Gala. The Gala will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas head coach Bill Self.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All-American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Gala.

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Goodrich and the Jayhawks will be back in action Wednesday night inside Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m., against Texas, for the first of three-straight home games. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.