Collier and Samuelson are two of four finalists for the 2017 Naismith Women's College Player of the Year
Husky Trio named to espnW All-America First Team, Auriemma selected Coach of the Year
Samuelson led the team to victory with 40 points in the AAC Championship game.
UConn boasts the most candidates of any program.
Auriemma earns his fourth-consecutive and 14th overall conference Coach of the Year honor.
UConn vs UCLA NCAA Regional Semifinal (photo by Stephen Slade)
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen - March 25, 2017 (USATSI)
Day One NCAA Bridgeport Regional Photo by Stephen Slade)
Photos from UConn vs. Syracuse in the 2017 NCAA Second Round on 3/20/17.
UConn vs Syracuse NCAA Second Round
• 2016 American Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team
• 2016 All-American Conference Tournament Team
• 2016 ESPNw National Freshman of the Year
Played in 37 of UConn's 38 games and found herself in the starting lineup in 21 of the last 22 games she saw action in ... Fourth on the team at 11.0 points per game and led the squad with 78-made three-point field goals, which marked the second-most three-point field goals made by a UConn freshman. The single-season record of 93 belongs to former Husky great Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis ... Samuelson's 408 points were the eighth-most scored by a UConn freshman ... Made only 12 of her first 47 attempts (25.5 percent) from long-range over the first 11 games but was 66-151 (43.7 percent) for the rest of the season ... Scored in double-figures 22 time and tallied at least 20 points on five occasions ... Scored a career-high 22 points in UConn's NCAA first round win over Robert Morris on March 19. Samuelson was 7-10 from the floor and 3-4 from deep against the Colonials ... Scored 21 points on four separate occasions, including back-to-back games against SMU and Tulane on February 24 and 24. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native combined to go 13-20 from the floor and 11-19 from beyond the three-point arc against the Mustangs and Green Wave ... Also scored 21 in UConn's NCAA regional semifinal victory over Mississippi State on March 26. Samuelson was 9-14 from the floor and also dished-out three assists against the Bulldogs ... Averaged 12.4 points on 54.8 shooting, including 45.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc in the five-games she played in. She was forced to miss the national championship game due to an injury suffered during the national semifinal.
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES
Honored as the national Player of the Year by Gatorade, USA Today, McDonald’s (Morgan Wotten Players of the Year Award), Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Naismith Trophy following the 2014-15 season ... As a senior, she was named to the Naismith High School and WBCA High School All-American first teams ... Was the USA Today All-USA California Player of the Year and a member of the USA Today All-USA and All-California first teams ... Tapped for the Consensus All-American first team ... Chosen as the Gatorade California Player of the Year ... Contributed 12 points, six rebounds and three assists in the McDonald’s All-American Game for the West ... Averaged 24.9 points and 8.5 rebounds to help Mater Dei High capture the Trinity League title and the 2015 state regional championship with a 31-3 record … Tops the Mater Dei single-season record book in points average (29.2), field goal percentage (62.0), free throw percentage (89.4), free throws made (178), free throws attempted (211) and three-pointers made (117) ... Helped Mater Dei win three consecutive Trinity League championships ... Closed out her career as a Monarch with 2,244 points, 760 rebounds and 297 three-pointers, all of which rank second behind former Husky Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis in Mater Dei history ... In her four-year prep career, she amassed 3,733 points, 922 rebounds, 268 assists, 324 steals and 191 blocked shots ... Was the 2014 California Gatorade Player of the Year, one of three finalists for the 2014 Naismith Award as national Player of the Year, and a USA Today first-team All-American as a junior after averaging 26.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.3 steals in 30 games at Mater Dei ... She shot 62.0 percent from the field, 54.0 percent from 3-point land, and 84.0 percent from the foul line ... Her scoring average and shooting percentage were single-season school records ... As a sophomore in 2012-13, she helped Mater Dei to a 30-2 record and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Open Division regionals by averaging 20.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.6 steals ... Played her freshman season at Edison High and averaged 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.3 steals.
USA BASKETBALL NOTES
Has won four gold medals in international competition ... Teamed with fellow UConn recruits De'Janae Boykin and Napheesa Collier to win gold (3x3 competition) at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China; also earned a bronze medal at the YOG 3-point shootout ... Started six of seven games for Team USA at the 2014 FIBA U-17 world championships in the Czech Republic and averaged a team-high 13.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in earning all-tournament honors. Set a USA U-17 team record by hitting six 3-pointers in the semifinals against Hungary. The Americans finished 7-0 and won the gold medal by beating Spain on July 6 ... Started all five games of the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 championship that was played in Cancun, Mexico, and averaged 16.0 points and 5.4 rebounds to help Team USA to a 5-0 record. In the gold-medal game against Canada on June 23, set a USA record for 3-pointers and 3-point percentage by going 8-for-8 from behind the arc ... Member of the U.S. team that won a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA 3x3 U-18 world championships in Indonesia with an 8-1 record.
Born on June 13, 1997, in Fullerton, California, to Karen and Jon; has two older sisters, Bonnie and Karlie. Bonnie was a four-year letter-winner and Karlie is a entering her senior year with the Stanford women's basketball team. Father, Jon, played collegiately at Cal State Fullerton and professionally in Europe; mother, Karen, was named to the All-England Netball Team ... Attended same high school that produced UConn senior All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.
|CAREER HIGHS (through April 5, 2016)
|Points||22||vs. Robert Morris (March 19, 2016)|
|Field Goals Made||9||vs. Mississippi State (March 26, 2016)|
|Field Goals Attempted||14||vs. Mississippi State (March 26, 2016)|
|3-Pt Field Goals Made||6||vs. Tulane (February 27, 2016))|
|3-Pt Field Goals Attempted||10||vs. SMU (February 24, 2016)|
|Free Throws Made||7||vs. LSU (December 21, 2015)|
|Free Throws Attempted||8||vs. LSU (December 21, 2015)|
|Rebounds||7||vs. USF (March 7, 2016)|
|Assists||7||vs. UCF (January 20, 2016)|
|Blocks||2||vs. UCF (January 20, 2016)|