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Jefferson Named Finalist for Dawn Staley Award

Moriah Jefferson is one of four finalists for the Dawn Staley Award.
March 10, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut women’s basketball senior guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) is one of four players selected as finalists for the Dawn Staley Award, as announced by the award committee on Thursday.

The award is giving to the most outstanding collegiate guard in the nation; a player who exemplifies the skills that Staley possessed during her career; ball handling, scoring, her ability to distribute the basketball and will to win. The winner will be announced in Philadelphia during the Final Four weekend at the Union League of Philadelphia.

Jefferson, who became the sixth-ever Husky to be chosen as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, has enjoyed a stellar senior campaign. The Texan is averaging 12.6 points in 30.7 minutes per outing through 32 games this season en route to a spot on the All-Conference First Team. In total, she leads the team in assists (167) and steals (83) and is one of six Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (55.1).

On Monday, she helped the Huskies to the their third-straight American Athletic Conference Championship and earned a place on the All-Tournament squad behind 22 points, 16 assists and seven steals through three conference tournament games.

Jefferson’s 2.7 steals per game and 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio regular season averages top the league. Last week, she was selected to the Wooden Award Final Ballot Top-15 and Naismith Trophy Top-10 lists.

UConn will await seeding and pairing for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The bracket will be announced on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.