STORRS, Conn. – For the third consecutive season, University of Connecticut women’s basketball senior Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) was unanimously selected to the Associated Press All-America First Team, as announced on Monday. Senior point guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) joined Stewart on the First Team, while senior forward Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) earned a spot on the AP All-America Second Team.
Stewart is the first Husky since Maya Moore to earn multiple AP First Team selections. She joins an elite club as only one of six players in NCAA women’s basketball history to be receive AP First Team honors three times. In total, the UConn program boasts 13 First Team selections by seven different players.
Jefferson, a finalists for the 2016 Nancy Lieberman Award and Dawn Staley Award, became the sixth-ever Husky to be chosen as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year when she earned the accolade on March 3. The guard was placed on the AP All-America Second Team last season and has enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, averaging 12.7 points in 30.3 minutes per game. In total, she leads the team in assists (183) and steals (92) and is one of six Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (55.7). Her 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks seventh among the national standings.
The outstanding senior joined Jennifer Rizzotti as the only Huskies to tally 600 career assists and 300 career steals on Feb. 27. She tallied her third consecutive season with at least 150 assists on her way to helping UConn win its third-straight American Athletic Conference Championship.
Tuck, who earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors last year, was tabbed as the American Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award winner and All-Conference First Team member earlier this month. She currently ranks second on the team with 13.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. 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. Through three games in the NCAA Tournament, she has tallied 52 points, 23 rebounds and 13 assists.
Stewart, who joined Jefferson as one of four finalists for the 2016 Naismith Trophy on March 18, was named The American’s Player of the Year, becoming the first Husky since Kerry Bascom in 1988-91 to win three-straight Player of the Year honors. She was also tabbed as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player earlier this month. Stewart has blocked a total of 120 shots this season, which ranks fourth in the nation, while her 3.5 blocks per game checks in fifth. At 408 career blocks, Stewart is UConn’s all-time leader in rejections after passing Rebecca Lobo (396).
The North Syracuse, N.Y. native leads the team with 19.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. This season, Stewart has posted 18 20-point outings and 14 double-double performances. The senior is UConn’s second-best all-time scorer with 2,615 points. 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.
The Huskies will take on Texas in the 2016 NCAA Regional Finals on Monday, March 28 in Bridgeport, Conn. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.