The outstanding OU freshman is one of 25 players named to the midseason candidate list for the prestigious annual award. Inclusion on the list means that Bridges is among the frontrunners for the award, but the award victor does not need to be on the midseason top 25. She is one of three student-athletes from the Big Ten (Katelynn Flaherty and Kelsey Mitchell).
Maye is averaging a career-best 18.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for UNC. He also is among league leaders in minutes played (fifth), field goal percentage (seventh) and free throw percentage (10th).
Gustafson has earned nine straight conference honors.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's.
Through the first few months of the season, the sport has seen some big upsets, players making a name for themselves and right now the field might be as open as it has ever been.
Players not chosen to the preseason list are eligible for the Wooden Award midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.
A total of 15 players will make the final ballot for the award, and the victor will be announced on Friday, April 6.
Maten, a 6-8, 243-pound, forward from Pontiac, Mich., is in the midst of a standout senior season for the Bulldogs and now ranks second in the SEC in scoring at 19.3 ppg and first in rebounding at 8.9 rpg.
Carter and the Aggies return to action Thursday night, by hosting No. 6 Tennessee at 6 p.m.