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.
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