Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter Named Wooden Award Finalist

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LOS ANGELES— Texas A&M sophomore guard Chennedy Carter was named a finalist for the Wooden Award, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Saturday.

An All-SEC First Team selection, Carter leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally with 22.5 points per game, to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Despite missing the SEC Tournament due to a fractured finger, she scored 20+ points in each of the last five games she has played.

During the season, Carter set Texas A&M records for consecutive 10+ point games (36 and counting), career 20+ point games (44), career 30+ point games (9), sophomore season scoring (584) and fewest games to reach 1,000 career points (45).

Carter’s season has been highlighted by a pair of SEC Player of the Week honors, plus clutch performances that included a game-winning shot at Auburn (Jan. 24), scoring seven of the Aggies last nine points to win at then-No. 11 Kentucky (Feb. 28), and earning MVP honors at the Maui Jim Maui Classic, averaging 26.5 points in the Aggies’ wins over UC Riverside (Dec. 14) and then-No. 8 Oregon State (Dec. 15).

Carter is the first Aggie on the final ballot since Kelsey Bone in 2013.

The Wooden Award for women's basketball was first awarded for the 2003-04 season and is given annually to the most outstanding women's college basketball player. Connecticut’s Maya Moore, who received the award in 2008-09, is the only sophomore to win the award.