UConn women's basketball will play homecoming contest for Collier next season

Published on Saturday, 7 October 2017 22:34
Written by CARL ADAMEC

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The UConn’s women’s basketball team will play homecoming games for seniors Gabby Williams (at Nevada) and Kia Nurse (in Toronto vs. Duquesne) and junior Katie Lou Samuelson (at UCLA) this season.

Napheesa Collier will be taking notes.

“The thing I’ve already picked up on is how they have been asking everyone for tickets for those games,” Collier said. “So I’m going to be sure to get a head start on that for next year.”

The UConn junior and St. Charles, Missouri, native will have a homecoming of her own next year as UConn has signed a contract to play at Saint Louis University during the 2018-19 season. The deal is for just one game.

It will be the first meeting between the Huskies and the Billikens of the Atlantic-10 Conference.

“It means a lot to me that the coaches would do this for me, and it means a lot to my family,” Collier said. “Because I go to school so far away from home, they don’t get to come to any games unless they make a big road trip. This will be one time they won’t have to travel far and I’m happy my friends and family will get to see me play.”

Collier graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis in 2015, earning consensus All-American honors there and leading it to three state championships in three years.

She was named to the all-American Athletic Conf-erence freshman team in 2016, helping UConn to the national championship. She had hip surgery in the offseason and rebounded with a breakout sophomore year, leading the AAC in scoring (20.4), field-goal percentage (67.8) and blocks (2.1), while also ranking third in rebounds. She was the AAC Co-Player of the Year with Samuelson and a consensus first-team All-American.

Collier has also captured three gold medals playing for USA Basketball and attended her first senior national team camp in California last weekend.

“I hope the people that will come to the game will see I’ve grown and tried to make my city proud,” Collier said.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, UConn on Saturday, 7 October 2017 22:34. Updated: Saturday, 7 October 2017 22:37.