Rennia Davis Named to John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

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    Lady Vols junior forward Rennia Davis has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25.

    Davis was named to the award watch list in the preseason and made the midseason cut on ESPNU on Wednesday night. The Wooden Award is given to the most outstanding player in women’s basketball annually.

    The junior forward was one of six SEC players named to the list. South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston and Tyasha Harris, Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter, Arkansas’ Chelsea Dungee, and Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard joined Davis on the list.

    This season, Davis is averaging a career-high 17.4 points per game and 8.8 rebounds. In addition to leading the Lady Vols in both statistical categories, she ranks fifth in the SEC in scoring and fourth in rebounding, respectively.

    The 22nd-ranked Lady Vols are currently 11-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Tennessee is coming off of a close 80-76 loss to No. 13 Kentucky in Lexington on Sunday, but UT won its conference opener against Missouri last Thursday. During non-conference play, Davis tied her career-high of 33 points in an upset win over No. 15 Notre Dame in South Bend.

    Davis has made a team-best 18 three-pointers this season and is shooting 31 percent from three, 47 percent from the field, and 80 percent from the free throw line. She ranks third on the team in assists (34) and steals (11).

    The Florida native has reached double figures in all but one game this season and has scored at least 20 points on three different occasions. Davis has put together seven double-double performances and is two away from moving into the top 10 all-time in program history. She’s currently ranked 11th with 25 career double-doubles.

    Davis scored her 1,000th point earlier this season to become the 46th Lady Vol in program history to score 1,000 points.

    Tennessee’s next game is on Thursday night against Ole Miss. Tip-off in Oxford is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also the host of the RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.