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Samuelson, Williams Tabbed WBCA All-Americans

March 29, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Katie Lou Samuelson and senior Gabby Williams were named to the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association All-America team, as announced by the WBCA on Thursday evening.

Connecticut headlines the list with a combined five student-athletes who received All-America recognition as teammates senior Kia Nurse, junior Napheesa Collier and redshirt junior Azurá Stevens were tabbed as honorable mention selections.

The American Conference Player of the Year, Samuelson leads UConn's top-ranked offense with 17.5 points per game. She is boasting 4.5 boards per game, 112 assists and 35 steals this season, and is averaging 46.8 percent from three-point range. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native is a finalist for the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. Samuelson was named an AP First Team All-American on Monday.

A finalist for the Wooden and Naismith, Williams is averaging 10.8 and 7.4 rebounds per game. She is pacing all UConn players with 179 assists and 84 steals. Williams is a Cheryl Miller Award finalist and earned a spot on the AP All-America second team. The Sparks, Nev., native was tabbed the Albany Regional Most Valuable Player after leading the Huskies to their 11th-consecutice Final Four.

Nurse adds WBCA All-American to her list of awards after being named the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year earlier today. The Nancy Lieberman finalist is posting 13.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while adding 99 assists and 44 steals. The Hamilton, Ontario native holds a 44.4 three-point field goal percentage and was named an AP honorable mention All-American.


 

 

Collier is a finalist for the Wooden Award and Katrina McClain Award this season. She is second on the team with 15.9 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game while adding 117 assists, 62 blocks and 59 steals. Collier was a first team all-conference selection. This is the second AP All-America nod for the O'Fallon, Mo., native after earned first team honors last year.

Stevens, in her first season with the Huskies, leads the team with 73 blocks. Her 7.4 boards per game and 14.6 points per game ranks second and third, respectively. The Raleigh, N.C. native was named the American Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player, conference Sixth Player and second team honors.

The Huskies will face Notre Dame in the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four on Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

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