PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After helping lead the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team to a trio of wins over the last week, senior forward Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) was selected as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, while rookie guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was chosen as the Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league on Tuesday.
On her way to her fifth Player of the Week honor, Stewart averaged 20.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 blocks per game in a 3-0 week for the top-ranked Huskies, which included clinching its third-straight conference regular season championship and eighth undefeated regular season.
The North Syracuse, N.Y. native started the week with 14 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three assists in the win over SMU on Wednesday. She followed that up with a 20-point, 12-rebound effort in Saturday’s senior day victory over Tulane and scored a game-high 27 points on 13-of-25 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds, four blocks and three assists in the Big Monday win over No. 21/20 USF in Storrs. Stewart shot 51.1 percent from the floor and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
Samuelson received her fourth weekly honor of the season after she averaged 17.0 points and shot 57.6 percent from the floor. She scored a season-high tying 21 points twice during the spotless week for UConn, starting with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-10 from long-range, to go along with five rebounds in only 24-minutes of action against SMU. She came back with another 21-point performance, adding five rebounds and connecting on 7-of-10 from the field, including a 6-of-9 effort from beyond the three-point arc against Tulane. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native concluded the week with nine points and three assists in the win over USF.
Connecticut is back in action on Saturday, March 5 when the team competes in the American Athletic Conference Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The Huskies, who enter postseason action with a 29-0 record, including a spotless 18-0 mark in league play, will take on either East Carolina or Cincinnati in the quarterfinal round at 2 p.m. The contest will be available on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN application.