KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UTSports.com) – Tennessee Lady Vol junior Shekinna Stricklen was named to the John R. Wooden Award national ballot by the Los Angeles Athletic club on Monday.
Ballots were sent out to men’s and women’s voters separately. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, each ballot is made up of 20 student-athletes who, based on their performances throughout the season, are the candidates for college basketball’s most prestigious honors. All 40 players have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award Men’s and Women’s All American Teams will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round during the NCAA Tournament, making it unique among college postseason awards. Voters have until Monday, March 28 at Noon PDT to return their ballots.
Stricklen was named the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches this season and captured the SEC Tournament MVP. The Morrilton, Ark., native averaged 16.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg while leading the Lady Vols to the conference tourney championship from March 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn. For the season she has 10 double-doubles and is averaging 12.6 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
On Monday, the Tennessee women’s basketball captured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time.
The Lady Vols will host 16th-seeded Stetson at 11:05 a.m. ET on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville in the NCAA Tournament first round. A matchup between eighth-seeded Marquette and ninth-seeded Texas will follow at 1:30 p.m. ET. The winners of Saturday’s games will meet in a second round matchup at TBA at 7 p.m. ET on Monday night.