Five UConn players on Wooden watch lists
James Bouknight, a sophomore guard on the UConn men's basketball team, was named to the Top 50 preseason watch list for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award on Tuesday.
And four members of the UConn women's basketball team were named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30. Juniors Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Evina Westbrook and Christyn Williams and freshman Paige Bueckers were all named to the watch list. UConn leads all programs with four selections to the Top 30.
It's the third preseason honor for Bouknight, who is also a candidate for the Naismith Trophy Award and the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. Bouknight has led UConn to victories in its first two games of the 2020-21 season, averaging 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and shooting .519 overall.
The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy's following the NCAA Tournament in April.
— Day staff reports
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Olivia Nelson-Ododa finished with 19 points and nine rebounds and Christyn Williams had 17 points, six assists and four steals as the short-handed UConn women's basketball team topped Georgetown 72-41 Saturday, minus star freshman Paige Bueckers.
The 23rd-ranked UConn Huskies played hard enough but not well enough to win their four straight on the road, losing Saturday at No. 11 Creighton, 74-66, at CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb.
UConn scored three goals in the third period, twice in the final 3:01, to get earn a 3-3 tie and then post a shootout win at No. 1 Boston College in a Hockey East game Friday afternoon.
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