STORRS, Conn. – After the Huskies landed in Dallas for their 10th consecutive Final Four trip, UConn trio Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams were named to U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America Team, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
In total, UConn boasts 32 WSBWA All-America selections by 19 players. This is the first career nod for all three Huskies recognized. This is the third time in four seasons that UConn has placed three players on the USBWA All-America squad.
Collier, a finalist for the 2017 Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy, and Wooden Award, is currently second in the nation in field-goal percentage (68.6). The American Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year has scored the third-most points of any UConn sophomore in program history. The O’Fallon, Mo. native joined UConn’s 1,000-point club after leading the Huskies past Oregon 90-52 in the NCAA Elite Eight with a game-high 28 points.
Samuelson, a finalist for the 2017 Naismith Trophy, Dawn Staley Award and Wooden Award, earned the title of American Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year alongside Collier. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native was crowned the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 AAC Tournament after establishing a new NCAA for most three-pointers made in a game without a miss in the final against USF, shooting 10-10 from deep to rack up 40 points in 28 minutes.
The American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Williams currently leads the team in assists (188) and steals (98). She became the seventh Husky in program history to receive the conference Defensive Player of the Year honor. Williams recorded the fifth triple-double in UConn history at East Carolina on Jan. 24 when she put up 16 points and tied her career-highs in rebounds (16) and assists (10). The Sparks, Nev. native became the 43rd Husky to join UConn’s 1,000-point club after she shot a perfect 7-7 from the floor for 15 points against Temple on Feb. 22.
The Huskies kick of the 2017 NCAA Final Four action with the national semifinals on Friday, March 31 against Mississippi State at American Airlines Arena in Dallas. Friday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 and is set to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
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