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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

UConn freshmen quietly putting up numbers

There have been players who have come into the UConn program and put on an offensive show game after game.

Seven of the top eight freshman scorers at UConn through the first 20 games are a part of the Huskies of Honor while Breanna Stewart will make it 8 for 8 when she is inducted later on this month.

Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson have combined to score at least 10 points a total of 20 times this season including five games when they both reached double digits, the biggest contributions they have made had come in other areas.

I went back to researched the top performances for UConn freshmen in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots and 3-pointers through 20 games since Geno Auriemma has been the head coach. I should mention that getting all the box scores from Auriemma's first couple of seasons has been a bit of a challenge but I will still proceed.

Samuelson ranks third in 3-pointers made and just missed the top 10 in assists while Collier is tied for fourth in blocked shots, tie for fifth in steals and in the top 10 in rebounding. Also, Collier and Samuelson are currently the ninth and 10th UConn freshman to shoot better than 80 percent from the foul line while averaging at least one free-throw attempt per game played. Collier's FT percentage of 92.9 tops the list while Samuelson checks in at 87.5 which trails only Collier and Diana Taurasi (.878 in 2000-01). Neither Collier nor Samuelson have the minimum of 2.5 free throws made her game to qualify for the NCAA leader board but if they had, Collier would rank No. 1 and Samuelson No. 3 among freshmen.

Here are the freshman numbers through 20 games

REBOUNDS
Charles (2006-07) 162
Elliott (1992-93    148
Lobo (1991-92)    144
Moore (2007-08)  135
Stewart (2012-13) 126
COLLIER            123
Abrosimova (1997-98) 116
Houston (2004-05) 114
Bascom (1987-88) 111
Williams (2014-15) 106
(Kris Lamb had 137 rebounds heading into her 23rd game but don't have stats from games No. 21 and 22)                   

ASSISTS
Montgomery (2005-06) 74
Webber (1991-92)         72
Moore (2007-08)           71
Rizzotti (1992-93)         71
Hartley (2010-11)          61
Lishness (1987-88)        60
Nurse (2014-15)            56
Berube (1993-94)          54
Taurasi (2000-01)         54
Abrosimova (1997-98)  51
Strother (2002-03)         51
SAMUELSON             49

STEALS
Baer (1988-89)                53 (missing BC game)
Abrosimova (1997-98)    51
Rizzotti (1992-93)           46
Montgomery (2005-06)   36
Nurse  (2014-15)             35
Williams (1998-99)         35
COLLIER                      35
K. Johnson (2000-01)      33
Moore (2007-08)             33
Mosqueda-Lewis (11-12) 31

BLOCKS
Charles (2006-07)        42
Wolters (1993-94)       41
Stewart (2012-13)        32
Moore (2007-08)          31
COLLIER                   31
Houston (2004-05)      29
Lobo (1991-92)           28
Schumacher (1997-98) 23
Stokes (2011-12)         23
Dolson (2010-11)       19

3-POINTERS 
Mosqueda-Lewis (11-12) 52
Hartley (2010-11)             42
SAMUELSON                 36
Taurasi (2000-01)             34
Rizzotti (1992-93)            33
Moore (2007-08)              32
Abrosimova (1997-98)     31
Doty (2008-09)                 30
Nurse  (2014-15)              29

NURSE UP FOR PRESTIGIOUS HONOR
UConn sophomore guard Kia Nurse is one of eight candidates for the Syl Apps Award presented annually to the Ontario Athlete of the Year thanks to her remarkable summer leading the Canadian national team to the Pan Am Games gold medal as well as helping Canada earn a spot in the Olympics by winning the FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

NBA star Andrew Wiggins, Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto are among the other candidates for the award.

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