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UConn Women’s Basketball Picked To Win The American, Again

Even with loss of three star players, UConn is the clear-cut favorite to win the conference

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

Since the inception of the American Athletic Conference, only one women’s basketball team has won the conference and should continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Despite the loss of the Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, and Morgan Tuck, the top three picks in the 2016 WNBA Draft, the UConn Huskies are once again the favorites to win according to coaches who voted in The American Preseason Poll.

UConn eaned 10 of the 11 first place votes (Geno Auriemma wasn’t allowed to vote for his own team) to get 100 points. Former UConn assistant Tanya Cardoza’s Temple Owls were second with 87 points while the USF Bulls got the other first place vote and ended up narrowly coming in at third with 86 points.

2016-17 AAC Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank Team (First Place votes) Pts
1. UConn (10) 100
2. Temple 87
3. USF (1) 86
4. Tulane 73
5. SMU 50
6. East Carolina 49
7. Memphis 47
8. UCF 41
9. Tulsa 33
10. Cincinnati 23
11. Houston 16

Junior guard Kia Nurse was selected as the preseason player of the year, continuing UConn’s dominance there. Nurse was also named to the Preseason All-Conference First Team along with sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson. Teammates Gabby Williams and Napheesa Collier were named to the All-Conference Second Team.

Preseason Player of the Year

Kia Nurse, Jr., G, UConn

Preseason All-Conference First Team

Katie Lou Samuelson, So., G/F, UConn
Kia Nurse, Jr., G, UConn
Kitija Laksa, So., F, USF
Alliya Butts, Jr., G, Temple*
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Sr., G, Temple
Kolby Morgan, Jr., G, Tulane

Preseason All-Conference Second Team

Zykira Lewis, Sr., G, UCF
Napheesa Collier, So., F, UConn
Gabby Williams, Jr., G, UConn
Alicia Froling, Jr., F, SMU
Leslie Vorpahl, Sr., G, Tulane

[*] denotes unanimous selection

Ties are not broken; a tie in voting resulted in six players receiving first team honors