Dungee earns spot on Wooden Award national ballot

Cherokee Nation citizen Chelsea Dungee has been selected at one of the final 15 student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team and Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States. 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  Redshirt senior guard and Cherokee Nation citizen Chelsea Dungee continues to rack up the national awards this season. On March 6 it was announced that she earned a spot on the Wooden Award National Ballot.   

Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the National Ballot consists of 15 student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team and Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States. 

Dungee has cemented her legacy in her final season at Arkansas, putting together her best season. Dungee is averaging career-highs in several categories this season, including points per game (22.2), field goal percentage (42.7%), and three-point percentage (38.2%). She has scored 20-plus points in 17 of her 26 games played this season, and has gone for 30 or more points in four contests. The Sapulpa, Oklahoma, native has scored in double figures in all 26 games this season, and has scored 10 or more in 31 games dating back to the end of last season, the longest such streak of her career. All that scoring added up, as Dungee now has 2,120 career points, the highest collegiate total of any Razorback womenís basketball player ever. 

Against teams currently in the top 10 of the AP Poll this season, Dungee averaged 22 points per game on 45.7% shooting and 43.3%from deep. In the Hogsí two ranked wins this season, Dungee averaged 29.5 points per game, while shooting 56% from the field and 44% from three-point range. In a year of memorable performances from the Arkansas guard, her showing against UConn stands out, as she dropped 37 points on the Huskies, the most by any single player against them this century. 

All balloted players have been certified by their university to meet or exceed the qualifications for the Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden when the Award was established. The qualifications include: candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court; candidates must be full-time students in an accredited NCAA college or university; candidates must be making progress toward graduation and have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their school; candidates must contribute to team effort; candidates must excel in both offense and defense; and candidates should be considered on their performance over the course of the entire season. Voting is March 16-23. The finalists will be announced March 26.