It is no 1 UConn vs No 3 Arizona in the late game of the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday night’s matchup takes on the 2021 Basketball Player of the Year, Paige Bueckers, who was the first freshman to win the award, against a Wildcats team that is the only team not the best His division’s seed for the national semifinals was Arizona has made it this far after making it No. 4 Indiana In the meantime, the Huskies are fresh from a win over No. 2 Baylor locks up another Final Four appearance
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UConn’s Star Guard became the first freshman to win The Associated Press Basketball Player of the Year award on Wednesday

Bueckers led the Huskies with 28 points in the regional final win against Baylor on Monday evening to their 13th Final four in a row This was just the final star twist for the phenomenal 19 year old Minnesota American

“It is amazing, surreal for people to rate me so highly and to be a newcomer in this position,” said Bückers. “To receive this award, I am extremely humble and grateful”

Bueckers was informed that she won the award from Trainer Geno Auriemma during a team video session on Monday.She collapsed when she accepted it in front of her teammates

“A lot has happened in the past year that could overthrow people,” said Bückers. “In order to receive a reward during these times and to find something positive, you appreciate them. I was there with my teammates and coaches and for this award To get around me with them, you are so grateful for the position that I am in ”

Bueckers was an overwhelming choice, garnering 21 votes from the 30-person national media panel that picks the weekly AP Top 25. Dana Evans of Louisville finished second with four votes; Rhyne Howard of Kentucky received two votes; and Michigan’s Naz Hillmon, Charli Collier from Texas, and Caitlin Clark from Iowa all got one vote

Former UConn greats Maya Moore and Breanna Stewart both won the sophomore award.All other winners have been juniors or seniors since the AP began honoring players in 1995

“It’s crazy to think about all the great college players who have ever played,” said Bückers, “The great newbies who did great things in their first year of college basketball It’s really surreal that it has never been done before ”

Bueckers, from Edina, Minnesota, averages 20 points, 59 assists, and 48 rebounds this season. She became the first UConn player to score 30 or more points in three consecutive games, and featured in her NCAA Debut the school record for points when she had 24 points in the opener against High Point

“Name a player who brought such a young team to where we are today,” said UConn coach Geno Auriemma. “Who has done more than them? And if you can give me a better argument, I would.” say I’ll vote for her too But I don’t think you can ”

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