HURT NAMED TO JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD PRESEASON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOP 30 LIST

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After turning in perhaps the greatest season in program history last year, senior forward Courtney Hurt will look for an encore performance in 2011-12.  On Monday, Hurt was named to the prestigious John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 list, which represents the nation's best women's basketball players.

The field is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women's basketball media members and takes into account last year's individual performances and team records when nominating frontrunners for this year's award.

A 2011 Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American, Hurt led the nation in rebounding (12.4 rpg) and double-doubles (25), while ranking second in the NCAA in scoring (23.2 ppg).  She set VCU's single-season marks in points (720), scoring average, rebounding (385), rebounding average, field goals (253), free throws (193) and double-doubles.  Hurt, who was a midseason Naismith Trophy candidate, also set the Colonial Athletic Association's double-doubles record and is one of 17 players in NCAA history to post 25 or more in one season. 

The Conyers, Ga., native garnered first team All-CAA accolades to go along with first team All-State honors from both the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association.  She was also invited to attend the 2011 USA World University Games Women's Basketball Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hurt joins Delaware's Elena Delle Donne on the list as the Colonial Athletic Association is one of only six conferences to boast multiple selections.

The 36th annual Wooden Award ceremony, hosted by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2012.

VCU, which welcomes back four starters from last year's squad, opens the 2011-12 season on Nov. 11 against High Point at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.


2011-12 JOHN R WOODEN AWARD PRESEASON TOP 30 LIST

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

LaSondra Barrett

6-2

Sr.

F

LSU

SEC

Alex Bentley

5-7

Jr.

G

Penn State

Big Ten

Cierra Bravard

6-4

Sr.

C

Florida State

ACC

Carolyn Davis

6-3

Jr.

F

Kansas

Big 12

Elena Delle Donne

6-5

Jr.

G/F

Delaware

CAA

Skylar Diggins$

5-9

Jr.

G

Notre Dame

Big East

Stefanie Dolson

6-5

So.

C

Connecticut

Big East

Chelsea Gray

5-11

So.

G

Duke

ACC

Brittney Griner*$

6-8

Jr.

C

Baylor

Big 12

Keisha Hampton

6-2

Sr.

F

DePaul

Big East

Bria Hartley

5-7

So.

G

Connecticut

Big East

Tiffany Hayes

5-10

Sr.

G

Connecticut

Big East

Courtney Hurt

6-1

Sr.

F

VCU

CAA

Glory Johnson

6-3

GS

F

Tennessee

SEC

Shenise Johnson$

5-11

Sr.

F

Miami

ACC

Lynetta Kizer

6-4

Sr.

C

Maryland

ACC

Natalie Novosel

5-11

Sr.

G

Notre Dame

Big East

Nnemkadi Ogwumike*@$

6-2

Sr.

F

Stanford

Pac-12

Chiney Ogwuumike

6-3

So.

F

Stanford

Pac-12

Devereaux Peters

6-2

Sr.

F

Notre Dame

Big East

Samantha Prahalis

5-7

Sr.

G

Ohio State

Big Ten

Jaime Printy

5-11

Jr.

G

Iowa

Big Ten

Justine Raterman

6-1

Sr.

F

Dayton

Atlantic 10

Sugar Rodgers$

5-11

Jr.

G

Georgetown

Big East

Shoni Schimmel

5-10

So.

G

Louisville

Big East

Odyssey Sims

5-8

So.

G

Baylor

Big 12

Shekinna Stricklin$

6-2

Sr.

G

Tennessee

SEC

Alyssa Thomas

6-2

So.

F

Maryland

ACC

Tyra White

6-0

Sr.

G

Texas A&M

Big 12

Riquna Williams

5-6

Sr.

G

Miami

ACC

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