Bowling Green, Ky. — Just a few days after being named as one of 31 players vying for the Naismith Award, Western Kentucky University senior forward Crystal Kelly has been named to the 20-player midseason list for the John R. Wooden Award.
Kelly — who has broken both the WKU and Sun Belt Conference career scoring records during this season — ranks second in the league and seventh nationally averaging 22.6 points per game. She is also averaging a league-best 10.1 rebounds per game. Kelly has not averaged a double-double since dropping in 19.3 points and pulling down 10.4 rebounds per game as a freshman.
She recently moved past 2,500 points for her career, and also holds WKU’s career rebounding record with 1,114 boards.
Composed of the top 20 players who will compete for this season's player of the year award, the midseason list is based on individual player performance and team records during the first half of the season.
In March, the Women's National Advisory Board will release the names of the players selected to the official voting ballot. The ballot consists of approximately 15 players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. More than 300 voters, comprised of sports media members and women's college basketball experts from across the nation, will cast their votes for the five-member All-American team and Wooden Award honor as the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player in the nation.