Late-season top 20 for John R. Wooden Award includes four players from UConn

The "late-season top 20" for the John R. Wooden Award in women's basketball was released Monday, and it includes four players from top-ranked Connecticut: Seniors Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams, and juniors Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson.

The four finalists from UConn have led their team to a 22-0 record so far this season.

The other school with more than one player among the 20 is No. 2 Mississippi State, with senior Victoria Vivians and junior Teaira McCowan.

Last year's Women's Final Four most outstanding player, South Carolina senior A'ja Wilson, is also on the list.

Oregon sophomore Sabrina Ionescu is the only underclassmen on the list.

Ionescu leads the Ducks with 19.9 points, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Ionescu also has four triple-doubles this season and an NCAA-record eight in her career.

The John R. Wooden Award is given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players. Washington's Kelsey Plum was the women's recipient last season.

The Wooden Award for women's basketball was first given in the 2003-04 season. No freshman has ever won it; the only sophomore to do so was UConn's Maya Moore in 2009.

ESPN's Mary Ullmer contributed to this report.