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.
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