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Megan Walker, Adam Karashik win conference rookie of the week honors

UConn women’s basketball and men’s hockey are both on a roll.

UConn’s Megan Walker (3) shoots a free throw during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs UConn Huskies women's college basketball game in the Women's Jimmy V Classic at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on December 3, 2017.
UConn’s Megan Walker (3) shoots a free throw during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs UConn Huskies women's college basketball game in the Women's Jimmy V Classic at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on December 3, 2017.
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On Monday, the American Athletic Conference announced their weekly awards and after UConn women’s basketball thrashed both Memphis and Tulane, Megan Walker was named the conference’s freshman of the week.

Walker averaged 11.5 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting, grabbing 3.5 rebounds in an efficient 19.5 minutes per outing. She was also 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.

Saturday’s victory over Tulane saw a very methodical performance from Walker as she scored 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting in just 16 minutes. She was 4-for-5 from the free-throw line as well, registering a rebound and two assists.

In addition to Walker, defenseman Adam Karashik won Hockey East’s rookie of the week award after the Huskies swept New Hampshire, winning on the road Friday and at home Saturday afternoon.

He had an assist on Jesse Schwartz’ game-tying goal in the midst of Friday’s comeback, firing a hard pass from the point to the senior who was set up in the slot while playing his typically strong defense.

On Saturday, Karashik lit the lamp to open the scoring through traffic and also had the game-winning tally on a one-timer from the right point where the puck skipped off the ice.

Kia Nurse was also named to a 10-person list for the Nancy Lieberman, given annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the best point guard in Division I women’s basketball. In the 19-year history of the award, four Huskies have taken it home eight times.

Katie Lou Samuelson, meanwhile, was listed as one of 10 candidates for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award which is given to the best shooting guard in women’s college basketball.

The women’s basketball squad plays No. 7 South Carolina in Columbia on Thursday and return to conference action at the XL Center against Cincinnati on Sunday. Men’s hockey plays No. 16 Boston College at home on Friday and travel to Brown the following night.