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Four Huskies Tabbed to the Wooden Midseason Top-25

Jan. 11, 2018

STORRS, Conn. – Four University of Connecticut women’s basketball standouts have earned a spot on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-25, announced by Los Angeles Athletic Club on Thursday afternoon. Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson, Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams were all included on the list.

Collier, who has started all 14 games for the Huskies, is second on the squad in points per game (15.5), blocks (28) and steals (23). The forward is bringing in 7.9 boards per game and owns four double-doubles this season.

Offensively UConn is led by Samuelson’s 18.0 points per game. The sophomore has score double-figures in all 10 games played and has set new career highs in both rebounds and assists with nine apiece.

Through 14 games so far this season, Nurse is recording career highs in both points (15.0) and rebounds (3.2). Over a three-game span the senior knocked down 12 consecutive made three-pointers, establishing a new program record.

Williams currently leads the American Athletic Conference in defensive rebounds with 6.9. Her 4.5 assists, and 2.6 steals per game rank third in the conference while her 58.1 shooting percentage (68-117) is fourth in the league.  



The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are eligible for the Wooden Award midseason list, late season list and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Voting will open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 6, 2018.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress towards graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Last year’s recipients were Kelsey Plum of Washington and Frank Mason III of Kansas.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.

The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.

The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented during the 4th Annual ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s, which will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018. For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.