UConn's Paige Bueckers captures Wooden Award

4/5/2021 9:06:40 PM EST

UConn freshman guard Paige Bueckers made history on Monday when she became the first freshman to win the John R. Wooden Award as the top women's college basketball player in the nation.

The only other underclassman to win the award was Maya Moore of UConn, who did so as a sophomore in 2009. The Wooden Award has gone to the top women's player since the 2003-04 campaign.

"It's a blessing. It means everything to me to win these individual awards, but it's a true testament to our whole team and everything that they've done for me," Bueckers said. "The coaching staff, for them to put me in this position, I'm just extremely thankful."

Bueckers averaged 20 points, 5.8 assists and 2.3 steals in 29 games this season while leading the Huskies to a 28-2 record. UConn lost to Arizona 69-59 in the Final Four.

"It's been hurting every day since (we lost) and it's going to hurt until we win one," Bueckers said. "So I'm just looking forward to getting back to work."

The other four finalists for the Wooden Award were Aliyah Boston of South Carolina, Dana Evans of Louisville, Rhyne Howard of Kentucky and NaLyssa Smith of Baylor.

--Field Level Media

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