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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

3 UConn players candidates for Naismith Trophy

UConn's Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams are among 30 players in the running for the Naismith Trophy.

Collier is second on the 23-0 Huskies in scoring as she is averaging 19.5 points per game, she leads the team in rebounding (8.5 per game), field-goal percentage (68.7) and blocked shots (42).

Samuelson is averaging a team-leading 21.2 points and also has a team-high 77 3-pointers.

Williams leads the team with 125 assists and 63 steals and is the fourth leading scorer at 12.6 points per game.

The list will be cut to 10 semifinalists on Mar. 2.

Here is the list of candidates

Lindsay Allen Notre Dame Guard 5-8 Sr.
Kristine Anigwe California Forward/Center 6-4 So.
Lexie Brown Duke Guard 5-9 Jr.
Jordin Canada UCLA Guard 5-6 Jr.
Alaina Coates South Carolina Center 6-4 Sr.
Nia Coffey Northwestern Forward 6-1 Sr.
Napheesa Collier Connecticut Forward 6-1 So.
Diamond DeShields Tennessee Guard 6-1 Jr.
Asia Durr Louisville Guard 5-10 So.
Makayla Epps Kentucky Guard 5-10 Sr.
Myisha Hines-Allen Louisville Forward 6-2 Jr.
Tori Jankoska Michigan State Guard 5-8 Sr.
Brionna Jones Maryland Center 6-3 Sr.
Alexis Jones Baylor Guard 5-9 Sr.
Erica McCall Stanford Forward 6-3 Sr.
Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State Guard 5-8 Jr.
Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame Guard 5-8 So.
Chantel Osahor Washington Forward/Center 6-2 Sr.
Alexis Peterson Syracuse Guard 5-7 Sr.
Kelsey Plum Washington Guard 5-8 Sr.
Leticia Romero Florida State Guard 5-8 Sr.
Mercedes Russell Tennessee Center 6-6 Jr.
Katie Lou Samuelson Connecticut Guard/Forward 6-3 So.
Shakayla Thomas Florida State Forward 5-11 Jr.
Brianna Turner Notre Dame Forward 6-3 Jr.
Victoria Vivians Mississippi State Guard 6-1 Jr.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Maryland Guard 5-11 Sr.
Sydney Wiese Oregon State Guard 6-1 Sr.
Gabby Williams Connecticut Forward 5-11 Jr.
A'ja Wilson South Carolina Forward 6-5 Jr.

The Wooden Award released its late season top 20 list with Samuelson and Williams making the cut along with Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen and Brianna Turner, Kristine Anigwe of Cal, UCLA's Jordin Canada, South Carolina's Alaina Coates and A'ja Wilson, Nia Coffey of Northwestern, Makayla Epps of Kentucky, Baylor's Alexis Jones, Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of Maryland, Erica McCall of Stanford, Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell, Washington's Chantel Osahor and Kelsey Plum, Syracuse's Alexis Peterson, Victoria Vivians of Mississippi State and Oregon State's Sydney Wiese.


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