UConn women's basketball star Paige Bueckers wins ESPY

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Paige Bueckers smiling on court during NCAA Tourney white jersey
Paige Bueckers smiling on court during NCAA Tourney white jersey

UConn women's basketball star Paige Bueckers is no stranger to awards.

Bueckers swept the National Player of the Year awards she was up for, becoming the first freshman to win the USBWA’s Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, the Naismith Trophy, AP National Player of the Year, and Wooden Award.

She can now add an ESPY to her trophy case, taking home the Best College Athlete, Women's Sports ESPY on Saturday night.

In her first season of college, Bueckers averaged 20.0 points and 5.9 assists per game while hitting 52.8 percent of her shots from the field and 45.9 percent of her three-pointers. The Huskies finished the regular season with a 28-2 record, going a perfect 18-0 in the Big East. They eventually lost to Arizona in the Final Four, coming up short of an illustrious 12th National Championship.

During her acceptance speech, Bueckers thanked all her coaches, teammates, and everyone that's helped along the way. She then used her speech to celebrate and support Black female athletes.

"With the light that I have now as a white woman who leads a Black-led sport and celebrated here, I want to shed a light on Black women," Bueckers said. "They've given so much to the sport, the community and society as a whole and their value is undeniable."

Bueckers underwent successful ankle surgery on April 30 to repair an osteochondral defect on her right ankle. She is expected to be ready when the team begins preseason workouts in September.

Geno Auriemma's team could be even better next season than they were in 2020-2021 by adding Azzi Fudd, the No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2021, to an already strong roster.