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Huskies Named Semifinalist for Naismith Trophy and Finalists for Wooden Award

Moriah Jefferson is one of three Huskies named to the Wooden Award Final Ballot Top-15 list.
March 4, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut women’s basketball senior trio of Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) and Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) were placed on the Wooden Award Final Ballot Top-15, while Stewart and Jefferson were named to the Naismith Trophy Top-10 list.

Stewart is the third Husky to win the Naismith Trophy in multiple seasons after earning the honor in 2014 and 2015, joining Moore and Taurasi. Additionally, three Huskies, Stewart (2015), Maya Moore (2009, 2011) and Tina Charles (2010) have won the Wooden Award.

Tuck, the American Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award winner and All-Conference First Team member, ranks third on the team with 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Her 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio also stands third in the conference. She became the 41st Husky to join the 1,000-point club on Dec. 28 with 17 points against Maryland. In her first time back on the court since Jan. 16 after missing four games due to injury, Tuck tallied 11 points and pulled down five boards in UConn’s 96-38 win over Tulane on Feb. 3.

Named The American’s Defensive Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team selection, Jefferson has thrived in her senior campaign as UConn’s tireless leader at point. She is averaging 13.1 points in 31.1 minutes per game this season. In total, she ranks first on the team in assists (151) and steals (76). She is one of six Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (55.7). Jefferson tops the league with 2.7 steals per game and a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. She joined Jennifer Rizzotti as the only Huskies to tally 600 career assists and 300 career steals on Feb. 27.



At 19.6 points per game, Stewart is second in the conference and also ranks in the top-five in field goal percentage (57.9), assists/game (4.1), rebounds/game (8.6), blocks/game (3.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6). This season, the senior forward has posted 15 20-point performances and has scored double figures in every game except one in which she missed. On Thursday, she was chosen as a unanimous All-Conference First Team honoree.

The North Syracuse, N.Y. native is UConn’s second-best all-time scorer with 2,508 points and stands second on the all-time blocks list with 385 rejections. She is only 12 blocks away from passing Rebecca Lobo to become UConn's all-time blocks leader. Stewart is the only player in NCAA history to reach 300 blocks and 300 assists, while checking in as the seventh NCAA Division I women’s player with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 assists, 200 steals and 200 blocks.