DALLAS - Junior forward Gabby Williams (Sparks, Nev.) was named the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association's Defensive Player of the Year, as announced by the organization at the 2017 NCAA Final Four Tourney Town on Saturday. Sophomores Napheesa Collier (O'Fallon, Mo.) and Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) joined Williams on the WBCA All-America team.
This is the fourth-consecutive season in which UConn has had three players represented on the WBCA All-America squad.
The American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Williams led the team in assists (190) and steals (100). 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.
Collier, a finalist for the 2017 Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy, and Wooden Award, joins Williams on the All-America team. Her 67.8 field-goal percentage currently ranks third in the nation. 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.
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