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Collier, Auriemma earn end of year awards in AAC. The Press Release.

POSTED March 08, 2019
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


Huskies Earn American End-of-Year Honors

STORRS, Conn. – Senior Napheesa Collier was selected as the 2019 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and headlines four All-Conference selections for the UConn women’s basketball team, as announced by the league Friday.

Head coach Geno Auriemma is the conference’s Coach of the Year and has earned 15 league coach of the year honors in his career.

Senior Katie Lou Samuelson and junior Crystal Dangerfield join Collier on the All-Conference First Team. Junior Megan Walker was named a third team selection.

Christyn Williams was tabbed the American’s Freshman of the Year, UConn’s first selection since Kia Nurse in 2015. She was also unanimously named to the All-Freshman Team.

Collier leads UConn with 20. 2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and is also pacing the team with 43 blocks and 17 double-doubles. She is a three-time All-Conference First Team selection. Collier was named the conference’s Player of the Year with Samuelson in 2017.

Samuelson is second on the team with 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. She leads the team with 75 three pointers. Samuelson has six double-doubles on the season.

Dangerfield paces UConn with 6.2 assists per game and is averaging 7.5 assists per game in conference play. She is third on the team with 13.7 points per game.

Walker has stepped into the starting lineup this season and is averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. She has notched four double-doubles this season.

Williams is the first Husky to start in her first career appearance since Breanna Stewart. She is averaging 10.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

This is the sixth straight year and 23rd time UConn has had the conference Player of the Year. Collier is UConn’s fifth straight Defensive Player of the Year selection and 10th overall. Williams is the Huskies’ 14th conference Freshman of the Year.

The 2019 American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship tips off Friday. The top-seeded Huskies will face either No. 8 ECU or No. 9 SMU in the quarterfinals Saturday at 2 p.m.

2019 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORS

Player of the Year Napheesa Collier, UConn

Freshman of the Year Christyn Williams, UConn

Defensive Player of the Year Napheesa Collier, UConn

Newcomer of the Year Florence Sifa, Cincinnati

Most Improved Player of the Year Krystal Freeman, Tulane

Ambassador Award Sierra Cheatham, Tulane

Sixth Player of the Year Kayla Thigpen, UCF

Coach of the Year Geno Auriemma, UConn

First Team All-Conference

Kay Kay Wright, UCF

IImar’I Thomas, Cincinnati

Napheesa Collier, UConn*

Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn*

Crystal Dangerfield, UConn

Mia Davis, Temple

Second Team All-Conference

Antoinette Miller, Cincinnati

Dorian Branch, Houston

Enna Pehadzic, USF

Alliya Butts, Temple

Krystal Freeman, Tulane

Third Team All-Conference

Megan Walker, UConn

Lashonda Monk, ECU

Angela Harris, Houston

Alicia Froling, SMU

Crystal Polk, Tulsa

All-Freshman Team Christyn Williams, UConn*

Jamirah Shutes, Memphis*

Sydni Harvey, USF*

Kayla White, SMU*

Dynah Jones, Tulane

Carla Bremaud, Wichita State*

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