Jan. 13, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's basketball senior Allyssa DeHaan was one of 21 student-athletes named to the 2009-10 midseason Women's John R. Wooden Award list on Wednesday. The list comprises the leading candidates for college basketball's most prestigious honor, based on individual and team performance through the first part of the 2009-10 season.
DeHaan, who was on the preseason Wooden Award list for the second consecutive season, is one of two Big Ten student-athletes on the list, joining Ohio State's Jantel Lavender.
DeHaan leads the team, and is 14th in the Big Ten, in scoring so far this season with 12.8 points per game, while also pacing the team with 3.1 blocks, ranking her ninth in the nation and second in the conference. She is also second on the team and ninth in the league with 6.7 rebounds and leads the Spartans with a 81.0% free throw percentage, good for ninth in the Big Ten.
Already the Michigan State and Big Ten blocked shots leader, DeHaan recently moved into second place on the NCAA Division I career blocked shots list with 452, needing only 29 rejections to surpass the NCAA career record. In addition to her defensive presence, DeHaan is only one of five Spartans to be among the MSU top-10 in scoring and rebounding, ranking sixth in both points with 1,502 and rebounds with 833. A three-time All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection, she holds a career line of 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. A human biology major, DeHaan has also excelled off the court, being named to the Academic All-Big Ten and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams in each of the last two seasons.
In March, the Wooden Award National Advisory Board Committee will release the national ballot, consisting of approximately 20 players. The Women's Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. The women's category was added in 2004. The Award 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 such notables as Larry Bird (`79), Michael Jordan (`84), Tim Duncan (`97), Alana Beard (`06) and Blake Griffin (`09). Candace Parker won the Women's Wooden Award in 2007 and 2008.
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 a day-long basketball tournament. The tournament brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All-Americans in a setting that exemplifies the spirit of competition.
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