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Three Huskies Named 2015-16 “Wade Watch” Candidates

Breanna Stewart was one of three Huskies named as a 2015-16 'Wade Watch' Candidate.
March 11, 2016

ATLANTA – Today, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 2015-16 “Wade Watch” list of candidates for the prestigious award. Three University of Connecticut women’s basketball players, Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas), Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) were named to the list.  

Now in its 39th year, The Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. During her six seasons as head coach, Wade won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen and recorded a career record of 157-23.

Regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball,” The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year. The 30-member list is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.

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). Her 2.7 steals per game and 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio regular season averages top the league. Jefferson joined Jennifer Rizzotti as the only Huskies to tally 600 career assists and 300 career steals on Feb. 27.


 

 

Tuck, the American Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award winner and All-Conference First Team member, ranks third on the team with 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Her 2.3 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. In the conference tournament, Tuck tallied 42 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists over three games.

At 19.2 points per game, Stewart is third in the conference and also ranks in the top-six in field goal percentage (58.2), assists/game (4.0), rebounds/game (8.3), blocks/game (3.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7). This season, The American’s Player of the Year and unanimous All-Conference honoree has posted 16 20-point performances and has scored double figures in 30 of UConn’s 32 games.

The North Syracuse, N.Y. native is UConn’s second-best all-time scorer with 2,554 points and stands second on the all-time blocks list with 395 rejections. She only needs a pair of blocks to pass Rebecca Lobo and 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.

On Monday, the trio helped the Huskies to their third-straight American Athletic Conference Championship on their way to being placed on the All-Tournament squad. Stewart was selected as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.3 blocks through three games.

Here is the list of candidates for the 2016 Wade Trophy in alphabetical order:

Player

Institution

Position

Year

Jillian Alleyne

University of Oregon

Forward

Senior

Ameryst Alston

Ohio State University

Guard

Senior

Rachel Banham

University of Minnesota

Guard

RS Senior

Imani Boyette

University of Texas

Center

Senior

Adut Bulgak

Florida State University

Center

Senior

Jordin Canada

UCLA

Guard

Sophomore

Alaina Coates 

University of South Carolina

Center

Junior

Nia Coffey

Northwestern University

Forward

Junior

Nina Davis

Baylor University

Forward

Junior

Diamond DeShields

University of Tennessee

Guard

RS Sophomore

Makayla Epps

University of Kentucky

Guard

Junior

Moriah Jefferson

University of Connecticut

Guard

Senior

Niya Johnson

Baylor University

Guard

Senior

Brionna Jones

University of Maryland

Center

Junior

Jonquel Jones

George Washington University

Forward

Senior

Brittney Martin

Oklahoma State University

Guard

Senior

Kelsey Mitchell

Ohio State University

Guard

Sophomore

Tiffany Mitchell

University of South Carolina

Guard

Senior

Adrienne Motley

University of Miami

Guard

Junior

Kelsey Plum

University of Washington

Guard

Junior

Aerial Powers

Michigan State University

Forward

Junior

Azurà Stevens

Duke University

Forward

Sophomore

Breanna Stewart

University of Connecticut

Forward

Senior

Morgan Tuck

University of Connecticut

Forward

Senior

Brianna Turner

University of Notre Dame

Forward

Sophomore

Victoria Vivians

Mississippi State University

Guard

Sophomore

Courtney Walker

Texas A&M University

Guard

Senior

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

University of Maryland

Guard

Junior

Courtney Williams

University of South Florida

Guard

Senior

A’ja Wilson

University of South Carolina

Forward

Sophomore

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