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UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players Earn Weekly Honors

Gabby Williams was named player of the week while Vance Jackson earned rookie of the week.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn Women’s Basketball continued its dominance last week, tying and subsequently beating their own record 90-game winning streak against USF and SMU, respectively.

Forward Gabby Williams was rewarded for her efforts during the record-breaking performances, as she was named Player of the Week by the American Athletic Conference for the second time this season.

She had a very efficient performance in Tuesday’s win 102-37 against No. 20 USF, scoring 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting while adding a game-high 13 rebounds in addition to seven assists in just 21 minutes. She also added three steals and four blocks.

In the record-breaking win on Saturday, Williams was again close to a triple-double, scoring 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists. She was again active on the defensive end, getting five steals in addition to two blocks.

The men had more of an up-and-down week. They balanced arguably their best performance of the year in a 73-59 win against Temple with a second-half collapse at the hands of former Big East rival Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

Even so, freshman Vance Jackson played well in both games and earned The American’s rookie of the week award.

In Tuesday’s game against Temple, Jackson rode an efficient 4-for-7 shooting performance to 10 points, adding five rebounds. He committed just one turnover, had a block, and shot 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.

He played 36 minutes on Saturday and had another strong shooting performance, going 5-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range on his way to 13 points and three assists.

Additionally, Jalen Adams was named to the five-man honor roll. He had a double-double (11 points, 12 assists) against Temple and almost had a second against Georgetown, scoring a game-high 22 points and doling out nine assists.

The women continue their road trip in Oklahoma to face Tulsa at 8 p.m. on Tuesday which will be televised on SNY regionally and ESPN3 nationally.

The men are off until Thursday, when they resume conference play in a road game against SMU. Tip-off comes at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.