PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As the Huskies concluded their ninth undefeated regular season, sophomore forward Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for a third time this season, as announced by the league on Tuesday.
Collier averaged 29.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 80.4 percent (37-46) from the field and 80.0 percent (4-5) from three-point range in a 3-0 week for the No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team.
Collier started the week off with a career-high 31 points on 13-14 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the win over Temple on Wednesday. She followed that up with a 19-point, six-rebound, three-block effort in the victory over Memphis on Sunday but it was her performance on Monday in Tampa that was the finest of her career.
The O’Fallon, Mo. native topped her career high from less than week ago with a 39-point effort on 15-19 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds and four blocks. The 39 points marked the fourth-highest single-game total ever scored by a Husky and was only seven-points shy of Nykesha Sales’ school record.
Collier’s two double-doubles this week brings her total this season to 12.
The Huskies will play the winner of Memphis vs. Tulsa in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena.