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Collier, Samuelson Named Finalists for 2017 Wooden Award

March 27, 2017

STORRS, Conn. – Sophomore duo Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) and Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) were named finalists for the 2017 John R. Wooden Award and each earned a spot on the Wooden Award All-America team on Monday during the Huskies’ Elite Eight matchup against Oregon.

The American Athletic Conference Co-Players of the Year, Collier and Samuelson are joined by Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State, Kelsey Plum of Washington and A’ja Wilson of South Carolina on the list of finalists.

Collier, who is also a finalist for the 2017 Naismith Trophy and Wade Trophy, is currently second in the nation in field-goal percentage (69.0). The American Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year, Collier has scored the third-most points of any UConn sophomore in program history.

The O’Fallon, Mo. native registered a career-high 39 points in the regular season finale against USF, which marked the fifth-highest single-game scoring total in school history. Collier is just 28 points away from hitting the 1,000-career point milestone.

Also a finalist for the Naismith Trophy and Dawn Staley Award, Samuelson leads the Huskies, averaging 20.7 points per game. Earlier this month, Samuelson was crowned the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 AAC tournament after she scored a career-high 40 points in 28 minutes in the final against USF, becoming only the third Husky all-time to score 40+ points in a game.

The Huntington Beach, Calif. native shot a flawless 10-10 from three-point range in the AAC final, establishing a new NCAA record for most three-pointers made in a game without a miss. After joining UConn’s 1,000 point club this season as only a sophomore, Samuelson is just five three-pointers shy of the UConn single-season record held by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (121).