Griner among Wooden finalists

By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Brittney Griner of Baylor, Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford and Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame are among the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award given to the top women’s college basketball player.

Griner and Ogwumike were finalists last year, when Maya Moore of Connecticut won for the second time.

The other finalists are Elena Delle Donne of Delaware and Julie Wojta of Wisconsin Green Bay. All five women were named to the women’s Wooden All-American team on Wednesday.

Griner, Ogwumike and Diggins have led their teams to the women’s Final Four in Denver.

Griner’s team is ranked No. 1 and at 38-0 is two wins away from completing a perfect season and the first 40-win season in NCAA history, men’s or women’s.

Griner and Ogwumike were also named unanimous selections to the Associated Press All-America team yesterday.

Griner and Ogwumike will face off in their teams’ Final Four matchup at 8 p.m. Sunday in Denver.

The women’s Wooden Award winner will be announced on April 6 in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.