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UConn Trio Named to Wooden Late Season Top 20. The Press Release.

POSTED February 05, 2019
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


UConn Trio Named to Wooden Late Season Top 20

LOS ANGELES – Seniors Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson and junior Crystal Dangerfield of the UConn women’s basketball team were tabbed to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 Watch List, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club Monday night.

UConn is the only school with three selections on the list and is one of four programs with multiple selections.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2019 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s.  Players not appearing on this list are still eligible for the National Ballot, which will be announced in early March. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2019 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 12, 2019.

The trio have led Connecticut to a 19-2 record in 2018-19. The three were named preseason First Team All-Conference as well as to every major award’s preseason watch list. Collier leads the Huskies in points and rebounds while Samuelson is second in both categories. Dangerfield leads the team in assists.

2019 WOODEN AWARD LATE SEASON TOP 20

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Kristine Anigwe

California

Pac-12

6-4

Sr.

F/C

Kalani Brown

Baylor

Big 12

6-7

Sr.

C

Bridget Carleton

Iowa State

Big 12

6-1

Sr.

G

Chennedy Carter

Texas A&M

SEC

5-7

So.

G

Kaila Charles

Maryland

Big Ten

6-1

Jr.

G

Napheesa Collier

Connecticut

American

6-1

Sr.

F

Lauren Cox

Baylor

Big 12

6-4

Jr.

F

Sophie Cunningham

Missouri

SEC

6-1

Sr.

G

Crystal Dangerfield

Connecticut

American

5-5

Jr.

G

Asia Durr#

Louisville

ACC

5-10

Sr.

G

Megan Gustafson

Iowa

Big Ten

6-3

Sr.

F

Ruthy Hebard

Oregon

Pac-12

6-4

Jr.

F

Sabrina Ionescu#

Oregon

Pac-12

5-11

Jr.

G

Tiana Mangakahia

Syracuse

ACC

5-6

Jr.

G

Teaira McCowan

Mississippi State

SEC

6-7

Sr.

C

Arike Ogunbowale

Notre Dame

ACC

5-8

Sr.

G

Katie Lou Samuelson#

Connecticut

American

6-3

Sr.

G/F

Jessica Shepard

Notre Dame

ACC

6-4

Sr.

F

Destiny Slocum

Oregon State

Pac-12

5-7

So.

G

Alanna Smith

Stanford

Pac-12

6-4

Sr.

F

# indicates player selected as a 2017-18 John R. Wooden Award All American

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