NEW YORK - UConnâ€™s Napheesa Collier has had an incredible senior year so far, averaging 20.9 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent during the regular season for the Huskies to earn a spot on The Associated Press womenâ€™s basketball All-America team.
She was joined on the All-America team Monday by Iowaâ€™s Megan Gustafson, Oregonâ€™s Sabrina Ionescu, Louisvilleâ€™s Asia Durr and Mississippi Stateâ€™s Teaira McCowan. Voting was done before the NCAA Tournament by the 28-member national media panel that votes on the AP Top 25 each week.
Collier received the most votes, garnering 27 first place votes from the panel. She is third on UConnâ€™s all-time scoring list with 2,386 points, third in shooting percentage and fourth in rebounding. The senior forward has been snubbed for many of the other major awards, not being named a finalist. She hasnâ€™t let it bother her.
â€śI donâ€™t need the validation, but itâ€™s nice to be recognized,â€ť she said.
The second team consisted of Notre Dameâ€™s Arike Ogunbowale, Baylorâ€™s Kalani Brown, Californiaâ€™s Kristine Anigwe, Stanfordâ€™s Alanna Smith and Iowa Stateâ€™s Bridget Carleton.
UConnâ€™s Katie Lou Saumelson headlined the third team. She was joined by Notre Dame teammates Jessica Shepard and Jackie Young, Baylorâ€™s Lauren Cox and Missouriâ€™s Sophie Cunningham.