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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

UConn's Stokes a finalist for national defensive player of year

UConn's Kiah Stokes, who has blocked a program record 145 shots this season, is one of six finalists for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division I Defensive Player of the Year.

Stokes is joined as a finalist by Rutgers guard Syessence Davis, Texas A&M guard Jordan Jones, Western Kentucky guard Kendall Noble, Seton Hall guard Daisha Simmons and Duke center Elizabeth Williams.

The winner will be announced during the Fifth Annual WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

On a conference call today UConn coach Geno Auriemma was asked about coaching Stokes for the last four seasons.

"It's been an interesting four years, to say the least," Auriemma said. "Very rarely do you get to coach somebody that has more blocked shots than shot attempts during her four years. That's kind of unusual. But there's been a lot of games where Kiah has been the difference in the game.

"I don't know that there's a lot of centers in the country that got a lot more done than she did. You look at some of these kids that graduated the same year she did and you look at what they've done and you look at what she's done, and she's had a great career. I think most people look back and they wish I could have done this, wish I could have done that. But just like in the game against Texas, and probably in the game against Maryland coming up, she's going to be a huge part of what we want to do this weekend."


Anonymous doodle said...

I wish Kiah the best of luck.. She's a player that I feel has so much potential that has yet to be seen and that one day she will explode with all the raw talent in her..

9:20 PM 

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