Penn State Basketball

Penn State basketball: Lady Lions’ Lucas a finalist for Wooden Award

Penn State Lady Lion junior Maggie Lucas is one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Thursday.

Lucas is the lone representative of the Big Ten. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Lucas garnered 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year accolades after averaging 20.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game. In addition, Lucas was a first team All-Big Ten selection for the second time in her career, including being a unanimous choice by the Big Ten coaches this season.

She is among the nation’s leaders in three-point field goal shooting, ranking fourth in percentage (.475) and seventh in three-pointers made per game (3.2). She also ranks 13th in NCAA Division I in scoring and 10th in free throw percentage (.896).

She is seventh in program history with 1,810 points and is on pace to become the fifth member of Penn State’s 2,000-point club. Lucas also ranks second in Penn State history and third in Big Ten history with 290 career three-pointers made.

Her .886 career free throw percentage also tops the Lady Lion charts and her .436 shooting effort from long range ranks second in Penn State history.

The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.

The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced at the 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 12, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.