Louisville Guard Dana Evans Makes Women’s Wooden Award List

Louisville senior guard Dana Evans made the watch list for the prestigious Wooden Award.

The award goes to the most outstanding player in both men’s and women’s college basketball. Evans is seeking to become the first Louisville Women’s player to win the award, which has been awarded in women’s college hoops since 2004.

Evans is making a strong case very early on in this young season. After two games, Evans is averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Her assist to turnover ratio is 6.50, which is fantastic. To put that into context, last season DePaul’s Kelly Campbell led the nation in assist to turnover ratio at 6.28 per ncaa.com. If Evans continues on the track she is on, she will make an excellent case to be Louisville’s first recipient of the award.

To read more about Dana and her inclusion on the watch list, read the official press release below:

*stats courtesy gocards.com


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (December 1, 2020) – The John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® announced today on ESPNW that University of Louisville senior guard Dana Evans has been named to the Women’s Preseason Top 30 Watch List.

Evans is one of four Atlantic Coast Conference players named to the list, joined by NC State’s Elissa Cunane and Syracuse’s Kiara Lewis and Tiana Mangakahia.

Earlier this season, Evans was named ACC Preseason Player of the Year, Associated Press Preseason All-American, and to the Naismith and Drysdale Award Watch List.

Through two games, she is averaging a team-high 17.5 points and 6.5 assists per game.

Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games.

The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball recognizing The Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, The Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legend of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07), Candace Parker (’07; ’08), Maya Moore (’09; ’11), Chiney Ogwumike (’14), Breanna Stewart (’15 and ’16) and last year’s recipients, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Obi Toppin of Dayton.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.

For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to http://www.woodenaward.com and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/woodenaward and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.

John R. Wooden Award
Presented by Wendy’s

Preseason Top 30 Name School Conference Height Class Position
Aliyah Boston South Carolina SEC 6-5 So. F
Paige Bueckers Connecticut Big East 5-11 Fr. G
Charli Collier Texas Big 12 6-5 Jr. F/C
Zia Cooke South Carolina SEC 5-9 So. G
Elissa Cunane NC State ACC 6-5 Jr. C
Rennia Davis Tennessee SEC 6-2 Sr. G/F
Chelsea Dungee Arkansas SEC 5-11 Sr. G
Dana Evans Louisville ACC 5-6 Sr. G
Vivian Gray Texas Tech Big 12 6-1 Sr. G
Arella Guirantes Rutgers Big Ten 5-11 Sr. G
Naz Hillmon Michigan Big Ten 6-2 Jr. F
Rhyne Howard* Kentucky SEC 6-2 Jr. G
Lexie Hull Stanford PAC-12 6-0 Jr. G
Rickea Jackson Mississippi St SEC 6-2 So. F
Ashley Joens Iowa State Big 12 6-0 Jr. G/F
N’dea Jones Texas A&M SEC 6-2 Sr. F
Ayoka Lee Kansas State Big 12 6-6 So. C
Kiara Lewis Syracuse ACC 5-8 Sr. G
Tiana Mangakahia Syracuse ACC 5-6 Sr. G
Aari McDonald Arizona PAC-12 5-6 Sr. G
Olivia Nelson-Ododa Connecticut Big East 6-5 Jr. F
Michaela Onyenwere UCLA PAC-12 6-0 Sr. F
Ali Patberg Indiana Big Ten 5-11 Sr. G
Lindsey Pulliam Northwestern Big Ten 5-10 Sr. G
Destiny Slocum Arkansas SEC 5-7 Sr. G
NaLyssa Smith Baylor Big 12 6-2 Jr. F
Unique Thompson Auburn SEC 6-3 Sr. F
Evina Westbrook Connecticut Big East 6-0 Jr. G
Christyn Williams Connecticut Big East 5-11 Jr. G
Kiana Williams Stanford PAC-12 5-8 Sr. G

For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.

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