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Pili Named to Wooden Late Season Top 20 Watchlist

Pili Named to Wooden Late Season Top 20 Watchlist


SALT LAKE CITY —  Utah women’s basketball’s Alissa Pili has been named to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 Watchlist. 

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with five selections on the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, followed by the ACC and SEC with four each, the Big 10 with three selections, and the Big East and Big 12 with two selections each.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2024 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year.

Pili caught national attention after putting up a career-high 37 points against No. 1 South Carolina on Dec. 10. Against the Gamecocks, Pili shot 65.2 percent from the field going 15-23. She went 3-6 from beyond the arc and 4-4 from the free throw line. She also managed two rebounds, one assist and three steals. 

She’s averaging 22.3 points per game so far this season, ranking No. 7 in the NCAA. She’s racked up 469 total points this season which is No. 3 in the NCAA. She is 22nd in the nation in field goal percentage as she’s shooting 58.5 percent this season. Pili is shooting 42.9 percent from the three this season. She’s gone 81-99 from the free throw line for 81.8 percent. She’s averaging 5.7 rebounds per game and racked up 41 total assists, 23 steals and 20 blocks. 

Pili was a Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference selection for this season. She was recently ranked at No. 4 on ESPN’s WBB Top 25 players list. She earned an honorable mention on the AP Preseason All-American list and was also named to the preseason Naismith Award Watchlist and Wade Trophy Preseason Watchlist. 

Pili was a WBCA All-American last season and was named an AP and USBWA Second Team All-American. She was the 2023 Pac-12 Player of the Year and earned Pac-12 All-Conference honors.

She ended the 2022-23 season 16th in the nation in scoring averaging 20.7 points per game. She was also 14th in the nation in field goal percentage shooting 59 percent on the year. Pili averaged 5.6 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game. She also shot 42 percent from the three and 79 percent from the free throw line. 

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The Utes will head to Washington Feb. 2 and Washington State Feb. 4. Utah will next return to the Huntsman Center to host Oregon State Feb. 9 and Oregon Feb. 11. 

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