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Mackenzie Holmes named Wooden Award Finalist, WBCA First Team All-American

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Indiana women’s basketball senior forward Mackenzie Holmes has been named a finalist for the 2023 John R. Wooden Award and member of the Wooden All-American team, the publication announced Thursday evening. Holmes joins Iowa junior guard Caitlin Clark, University of South Carolina senior forward Aliyah Boston, Stanford University junior forward Cameron Brink and Villanova University senior forward Maddy Siegrist as the other finalists and All-American members.

[Related: Indiana women’s basketball: Teri Moren named AP women’s basketball Coach of the Year]

Holmes earned the honor following a career year, averaging 22.3 points, 7.3 blocks and 1.8 blocks per game. The star senior adds to a list of accolades including Associated Press First Team All-American, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, All-Big Ten First Team, and named on several other player of the year final ballots, such as the Naismith and Wade Trophies. The Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year will be announced on Monday, April 3, and will be aired on ESPN.

Holmes was also announced as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-American, the first Hoosier to ever do so. Graduate guard Grace Berger was named an honorable mention. This is Berger’s third All-American honorable mention in her career and Holmes was an honorable mention last season.

Berger averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game on her way to her fourth career All-Big Ten First Team honor. She finished her Indiana career ranked seventh in program history in scoring and second in assists. She was also an AP All-American honorable mention.

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