Ariya Boston and Destanni Henderson, South Carolina, headlined the 15 referendums for the 2022 John R. Wooden Awards announced Saturday.
Boston is widely regarded as a favorite of the awards awarded annually to the best college basketball players in the country.
Stanford joined South Carolina as the only other program cut by both Haley Jones and Cameron Brink, with two players on the final list of 15 candidates.
Another finalist, Caitlin Clarke of Iowa, leads the country with 27.2 points, 8.2 assists per game and five triple-doubles.
De Paul’s Aneesah Morrow, who has won the NCAA’s 23rd consecutive double-double this season, is the only freshman on the list.
Baylor’s Narissa Smith, Maryland’s Angel Reese, LSU’s Kayla Pointer, Kansas’ Ayoka Lee, Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard, Michigan’s Naz Hilmon, North Carolina’s Elissa Cunane, Ole Miss Shakira Ashley Jones, Iowa, Austin concludes 15 players
UConn’s sophomore guard Paige Bueckers, who won the 2021 Wooden Award after missing 19 games in knee surgery this season, was not included in the finalists.
The 10-player Wooden All-America team will be announced after the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight, and finalists will be invited to the Wooden Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in April.