Women’s Basketball’s Atkins named to Wooden Award Late-Season Top-20

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Atkins ranks in the top-20 of nine different Big 12 statistical categories this season.

texassports.com – Senior Texas guard Ariel Atkins has been named to the Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20, announced on Monday evening.

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Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 20 student-athletes who are currently the front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor and the John R. Wooden Award All America Team.

Players not appearing on this list are still eligible for the National Ballot, which will be announced in early March and will consist of 15 top players. Prior to being listed on the National Ballot, each player must be certified by their university to meet the qualifications for the Award, including: candidates must be a full-time student making progress toward graduation and have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their school; candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court; candidates should contribute to team effort; candidates must excel in both offense and defense; and candidates should be considered based on their performance over the course of the entire season. Players not listed on the National Ballot will no longer be eligible for the Wooden Award nor the John R. Wooden Award All America Team. Voting begins at the end of the season, and voters, consisting of members of the national college basketball media, will take into account the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Atkins ranks in the top-20 of nine different Big 12 statistical categories this season, including the impressive feat of points per game, rebounds per game, blocks per game, steals per game and assists per game. Atkins ranks 24th nationally in free-throw percentage at 86.6 percent, 26th nationally in steals per game at 2.86, and 44th nationally in field-goal percentage at 54.1 percent.

Atkins leads the Longhorns in scoring, rebounding and steals, averaging 14.9 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game and has swiped a team-high 63 steals. She has started and played in all 22 games this season for Texas.

For her Texas career, Atkins has played in 108 games with 87 starts. She ranks 27th in school history in scoring with 1,302 career points and is fourth all-time in free-throw percentage at .831 (255-of-307).