Women's Basketball

WBB: Bridget Carleton named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 Watch List

AMES — A lot of the buzz created around the Iowa State’s women’s basketball program in the early part of the season was centered around the new faces that are taking the court for the first time in a Cyclone uniform.

It’s easy to see why.

ISU welcomes in the leading JUCO scorer in the country in Jade Thurmon, signed one of the most decorated high school basketball players the state of Iowa has ever seen in Ashley Joens, and will see Tennessee transfer Alexa Middleton run the point during the 2018-19 campaign.

However, thanks to some award watch list committees, Bridget Carleton is not being overlooked in the slightest.

On Monday, Carleton was named to the Preseason Wooden Award Top 30 Watch List – an award that is given to the most outstanding player in the country.

This isn’t the first list Carleton has appeared on either.

The Chatham, Ontario, Canada native was also named to the preseason all-Big 12 first team and the Cheryl Miller Award Watch List – awarded to the nation’s best small forward.

Carleton lead the Cyclones last season in scoring with 19.2 points per game, along with averaging 6.5 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game, and 2.2 steals per game.

Iowa State will open its season on Friday at noon when they take on Niagara as part of the bracket WNIT tournament at Hilton Coliseum.

Connor Ferguson


Connor will be covering women’s basketball for Cyclone Fanatic during the 2018-19 season. He is currently a junior enrolled at Iowa State and is studying journalism at Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism. Connor also covers a variety of sports around the state of Iowa, including Indoor football and motorsports for Last Word on Sports. He also appears on-air four times a week covering high school football for 1460 KXnO, college football for his own podcast, and professional sports for 88.5 KURE – Iowa State’s student radio station.