- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SOMERS, CONN. (AP) - The 1997 Associated Press player of the year trophy earned by former Connecticut women’s basketball star Kara Wolters is back in her possession, a week after being reported stolen.

Wolters says the trophy had actually been sent out for cleaning while she was on a trip, not taken from her home. Wolters told the Associated Press in a text message Wednesday that her grandmother had a friend remove the trophy to get it cleaned for her birthday.

The 37-year-old former center found the trophy missing from a display case next to her fireplace when she returned from a trip to the beach on Aug. 20.

Police say the case has been closed.

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