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Williams, Samuelson Named to Wooden Award Late Season Top 20

LOS ANGELES – Junior forward Gabby Williams and sophomore guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson were both named to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 Wednesday night, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

UConn was one of five schools to boast two players on the Late Season Top 20 along with Maryland, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Washington.

After not appearing on either the women’s Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 or the Midseason Top 25, Williams, who recorded a triple-double in Connecticut’s 94th consecutive victory, makes an appearance on the Late Season Top 20. The Sparks, Nev. native currently leads the team in assists (125) and steals (63).

Samuelson, who appeared on both the Preseason Top 30 and the Midseason Top 25, sits atop the UConn leader board, averaging 21.3 points per game. She racked up an impressive career-high 34 points at Tulsa on Jan. 17, which was part of a three-game hot streak for the sophomore where she scored 94 points over a three-game stretch.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976 by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the John R. Wooden Award® program features the most prestigious individual honors in college basketball. The Wooden Award Trophy is bestowed annually upon the nation’s best male and female player, who have met the selection criteria as set forth by the Award’s creators. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (‘79), Michael Jordan (‘84), Tim Duncan (‘97), Candace Parker (‘07 and ‘08), Kevin Durant (‘07), Maya Moore (‘09 and ’11), Trey Burke (’13), Doug McDermott (‘14), Frank Kaminsky (’15). Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield won the 2016 men’s Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s and Breanna Stewart of Connecticut won the 2016 women’s Wooden Award.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award® has contributed close to a million dollars to the general scholarship fund of the honoree’s University in the name of the All-American recipient. The Award has also enabled more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament takes place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award® presentation, and brings together Special Olympics athletes and the Wooden Award All-Americans.