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UConn women’s basketball: Paige Bueckers wins Naismith Trophy, named WBCA All-American

The freshman picks up her second national player of the year award and is also eligible for the Huskies of Honor.

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Paige Bueckers’ first season at UConn may have come to a close on Friday night but the freshman is still collecting plenty of hardware. On Saturday, Bueckers won the Naismith Trophy and was named a WBCA All-American.

The latter officially reserves her spot in the Huskies of Honor, so long as she completes her degree and graduates. Bueckers is the 24th player and only the second freshman (along with Maya Moore) in program history to make the WBCA’s All-American team.

Bueckers is the first freshman to win the Naismith Trophy and the seventh Husky, joining Rebecca Lobo (1995), Sue Bird (2002), Diana Taurasi (2003-04), Moore (2009, 2011), Tina Charles (2010) and Breanna Stewart (2014-16).

Bueckers has picked up plenty of accolades this season. She was the first freshman ever to win AP National Player of the Year and also earned All-American honors from the AP, Wooden Award and USBWA. Bueckers was named Co-Freshman of the Year by both the WBCA and USBWA along with Iowa’s Caitlin Clark.

She also won the Big East Player and Freshman of the Year and earned Most Outstanding Player honors at both the Big East Tournament and River Walk Region.

This past season, Bueckers became just the seventh UConn played ever to average over 20 points with exactly 20.0 per game and recorded the ninth-best single season 3-point percentage at 46.4%. She also averaged 5.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Bueckers is also up for the Wooden Award, which will announced on April 5 on ESPN’s SportsCenter.