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UConn in the WNBA: Napheesa Collier named Western Conference Player of the Week

Collier averaged 18.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last week — and swatted her former teammate.

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Napheesa Collier was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday after helping lead the Minnesota Lynx to victory over the Wings and Aces last week. Collier averaged 18.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game last week. She is the first Lynx rookie to be named Player of the Week since Seimone Augustus in 2006.

The Player of the Week honor is part of an all around impressive August for the rookie. Collier is averaging 15.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the month. She’s also shooting 54 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three, and 84 percent from the free throw line. She is scoring 1.24 points per scoring attempt, which ranks 13th in the league among players who averaged at least 10 minutes per game in August.

She also did this:

Seven former Huskies clinch WNBA playoff spots

At least six former UConn stars will be on the court for this year’s WNBA playoffs. Morgan Tuck was the first Husky to clinch a 2019 playoff berth with the Connecticut Sun. The Chicago Sky’s trio of Huskies (Stefanie Dolson, Gabby Williams and Katie Lou Samuelson) have also clinched a playoff bid, along with Collier and the Minnesota Lynx and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and the Seattle Storm. Last night, DianaTaurasi was the final Husky to clinch a playoff spot with the Phoenix Mercury.

Kia Nurse debuts her own Jordan PE

Earlier this season, Kia Nurse signed with Jordan brand (alongside Liberty teammate and former Lousiville star Asia Durr). She is the first female to sign a shoe deal with Jordan since Maya Moore. This week she debuted her own player exclusive (PE) of the Jordan 33 and was the first WNBA player to do so this season.