With UConn women’s basketball on the precipice of yet another Final Four, senior stars Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson are racking up the awards. Both players were named AP and Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-Americans while Collier earned the Katrina McClain Award, given to the best power forward in the nation.
Collier was named a First Team AP All-American after the senior averaged a double-double with 20.9 points and 10.5 rebounds during the regular season. Despite somehow being left off the finalist lists for both the Naismith and Wade Trophies, awarded to the best player in the country, Collier received more votes for the first team than any other player.
Samuelson, meanwhile, earned third team honors for the AP after a season in which her shooting percentage dropped but the rest of her stats increased, averaging 18.9 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. While voting is done ahead of the NCAA Tournament, Samuelson is coming off one of the best games of her career in which she scored 29 points with a back injury to help propel UConn past Louisville and into its 12th-straight Final Four.
Crystal Dangerfield was given AP honorable mention as well. There are no teams for the WBCA All-Americans, just 10 players.
UConn will play Notre Dame in the national semifinals Friday night around 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.