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Four Huskies Inked to Wooden Late Season Top-20 List

Feb. 5, 2018

STORRS, Conn. – Four University of Connecticut women’s basketball team standouts have earned a spot on the John. R. Wooden Award Late Season Top-20 list as announced on Monday, February 5. Napheesa Collier, Kia Nurse, Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams were all included.

The four student-athletes have been instrumental in Connecticut’s (22-0) success this season. Each of the Huskies are averaging double-figures and lead the team in at least one statistical category. Nurse has been nearly unstoppable from long range this season as the senior is shooting 50 percent from three-point range to lead the nation. Samuelson is pacing the team with 17.2 points per game and Collier is bringing in a team-high 7.8 boards per game, while Williams turns defense into offense with a team-high 56 steals and 109 helpers.

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 late season list are eligible for the National Ballot, as players can play their way onto and off the list throughout the season. 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.