OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – UConn women’s basketball forward Gabby Williams was named the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award winner, as announced Thursday. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s basketball.
A finalist for the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award, Williams is averaging 10.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. She leads UConn with 179 assists and 84 steals. The Sparks, Nev., native is a Cheryl Miller Award finalist and was named first team all-conference. Williams was tabbed to the America All-Tournament team and was selected as the Albany Regional Most Outstanding Player. Earlier this week, she was named an AP and USBWA Second Team All-American.
Williams’ commitment to excellence both on and off the court has been well-noted throughout her career. A member of UConn’s director of athletics’ honor roll after garnering a 3.306 GPA in urban and community studies, Williams remains dedicated to academics and community service. Throughout her time in Storrs, Conn., she has participated in a variety of outreach events and charitable causes including the Foundation for Life’s Bikes for Kids event, Go 4 the Goal, the American Red Cross, Toys for Tots, the Mansfield 5K Kids Run, Athletes for Hope and more.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.
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