What had already been a remarkable week for Tina Charles got a little bit better today when it was announced that she had been named the recipient of the Wooden Award in the closest race in its seven-year history. She received 252 points, edging teammate and 2009-winner Maya Moore by just one.
Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin was third with 114 points, followed by Stanford duo of Jayne Appel (98) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (56).
It is the fourth National Player of the Year award this season for Charles, who was selected Thursday by the Connecticut Sun with the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft. She was also honored by The Associated Press, the USBWA and won the Naismith Award.
Due to her involvement in the WNBA draft Charles was unable to travel to Los Angeles to receive the award. Instead, Los Angeles Athletic Club President Steve Hathaway will present her with the award Thursday at UConn.
Charles averaged career-highs of 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in leading UConn to its second straight undefeated season and its seventh national championship. She leaves as the program’s career leader in scoring (2,346) and rebounding (1,367).