UConn made it to the Sweet 16 with a win over Syracuse. Bueckers scored a team-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Husky phenom Paige Bueckers, aka Paige Buckets, seemed to win every award out there this year, including AP Player of the Year — a first for a freshman in women’s college basketball history. UConn Nation took note.
“She’s the best player in basketball already for the simple fact that she can pass. She makes really hard passes look really easy and she makes really easy passes look easy. That alone sets her apart from every other player in college.” Diana Taurasi ’05 (CLAS), WNBA Phoenix Mercury
“Some of her passes, it’s less about the actual pass and more about the fact that she saw it in the moment. That speaks to instinct.” Sue Bird ’02 (CLAS), WNBA Seattle Storm
“She has what it takes to be one of the great players at UConn, to be one of the great players in women’s college basketball . . . The beauty with Paige is, there’s nothing she has to change about who she is. She’s built for this. She’s built for the spotlight. Her game is, her personality is. She’s built to be a future star in the WNBA.” Rebecca Lobo ’95 (CLAS), ESPN analyst
“What she’s done this year, in such a year of unknown, is actually ridiculous. She doesn’t look like a freshman, that’s for sure.” Breanna Stewart, ’16 (CLAS), WNBA Seattle Storm
“You can see how smart a player she is. She puts herself in position to be better, but she also puts her teammates in position to be their best selves. Players that can make other players around them better, those are the ones that become great.” Katie Lou Samuelson ’19 (CLAS), WNBA Seattle Storm
By Lisa Stiepock
Photo by Ben Solomon