Alexander Earns Spot On Wooden Award Watch List

Oct. 5, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior guard Kachine Alexander has been named to the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 list. The women’s list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for the prestigious Wooden Award honor, which is given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Alexander is now on the watch lists for the two most prestigious awards in NCAA women’s basketball. She was named to the “Wade Watch” List earlier this fall.

Alexander was named to both the State Farm Coaches and Associated Press honorable mention All-America teams last season. She was also a first team all-Big Ten and all-Defensive team selection. The Minneapolis, MN, native ranked second in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally with 10.4 rebounds per game, and was only one of two guards in all of Division I women’s basketball to average a double-double (16 points and 10.4 rebounds).

Despite missing seven games with a stress fracture in her right leg, Alexander still recorded 15 double-doubles, which was the third-most for any guard in the country. She averaged more rebounds than nine of the 10 players selected to last year’s Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team and had more double-doubles than seven All-Americans, despite playing between 12 and 14 fewer games than most of the honorees.

Alexander scored double figures in 22 of 27 games played, including eight 20-plus point performances. She had 10 or more rebounds in 17 of 25 games played, including 10 games with 12 or more boards.

Alexander was one of three Big Ten student-athletes on the list. She is joined by Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis.

Players will be evaluated and considered for the Midseason List in December. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 student-athletes who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation while maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average.

The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the men’s and women’s award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founter Duke Llewellyn and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-America Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.

2010-11 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 List
Name – School
Danielle Adams – Texas A&M
Kachine Alexander – Iowa
Angie Bjorklund – Tennessee
Jessica Breland – North Carolina
Elena Delle Donne – Delaware
Skylar Diggins – Notre Dame
Jasmine Dixon – UCLA
Victoria Dunlap – Kentucky
Dawn Evans – James Madison
Brittney Griner – Baylor
Amber Harris – Xavier
Tiffany Hayes – Connecticut
Shenise Johnson – Miami
Jantel Lavender – Ohio State
Italee Lucas – North Carolina
Maya Moore – Connecticut
Deirdre Naughton – DePaul
Nnemkadi Ogwumike – Stanford
Kayla Pedersen – Stanford
Ta’Shia Phillips – Xavier
Samantha Prahalis – Ohio State
Lauren Prochaska – Bowling Green
Chastity Reed – Arkansas Little-Rock
Danielle Robinson – Oklahoma
Sugar Rodgers – Georgetown
Shekinna Stricklen – Tennessee
Helena Sverrisdottir – TCU
Carolyn Swords – Boston College
Jasmine Thomas – Duke
Courtney Vandersloot – Gonzaga