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Gamecocks' A'ja Wilson wins AP player of year honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A'ja Wilson of South Carolina is The Associated Press women's college basketball player of the year.

Wilson has been a force on both ends of the court, ranking in the top 10 nationally in points (22.6, seventh in the nation) and blocks (3.2, fifth in the nation) per game. Wilson also averaged a career-high 11.8 rebounds per game.

Wilson had 21 20-point games and 24 double-doubles as a senior. She guided Carolina to its third NCAA Elite Eight in the past four years, averaging a team-best 22.8 points in the 2018 NCAA tournament.

Wilson is the first player from the school to win the award.

The 6-foot-5 star received 22 votes Thursday from 32-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25. Balloting was done before the NCAA tournament.

Katie Lou Samuelson of UConn received five votes, while Kalani Brown of Baylor, Asia Durr of Louisville, Megan Gustafson of Iowa, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Victoria Vivians of Mississippi State each received one vote.

Wilson helped the Gamecocks to their first title last year and averaged 22.6 points and 11.8 rebounds for the team this season before reaching the Elite Eight.