ST. LOUIS – After earning the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week accolade on Monday, University of Connecticut senior forward Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) was selected as the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday.
As The American’s Player of the Week, Stewart was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women’s basketball, from a list of Division I conference players of the week.
The two-time reigning Ann Meyers Drysdale Award winner, who is averaging 22.2 points in 31.3 minutes per game this season, has been one of the Huskies’ most consistent scoring options. She is one of six Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (61.8) and tops the team with 8.0 rebounds per outing. Stewart posted 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished-out seven assists to hand No. 6/5 Maryland its first loss of the season on Dec. 28 in Madison Square Garden. She also led the charge in UConn’s 107-45 win in its conference opener with Cincinnati on Wednesday, notching 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with nine boards and five assists.
The North Syracuse native’s 46.9 three-point field goal percentage and 2.8 blocked shots averages rank first in the conference.
Stewart currently ranks third on UConn’s all-time scoring list with 2,182 career points, surpassing Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Nykehsa Sales. She is now trailing only Tina Charles (2,346) and Maya Moore (3,036).
Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. At the Women's NCAA Final Four in Denver, 2012, the organization announced going forward that the national and weekly player award has been named for Hall of Famer and former UCLA All-American Ann Meyers Drysdale. At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2016 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA's annual awards event in Indianapolis, site of the 2016 NCAA Women's Final Four.
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