STORRS, Conn. - After leading the University of Connecticut women's basketball program to its ninth-straight Final Four appearance, seniors Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) and Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) were selected as U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-Americans, as chosen by the entire association membership on Friday.
In total, UConn boasts 29 USBWA All-America selections by 16 players. This is the second career nod for Jefferson and third for Stewart. Jefferson is the eighth different Husky player to receive multiple USBWA All-America honors.
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 Associated Press All-America First Team selection has enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, averaging 12.6 points in 30.5 minutes per game. In total, she leads the team in assists (192) and steals (93) and is one of six Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (55.2). Her 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks seventh among the national standings.
The Glenn Heights, Texas native joined Jennifer Rizzotti as the only Huskies to tally 600 career assists and 300 career steals on Feb. 27. She notched her third consecutive season with at least 150 assists on her way to helping UConn win its third-straight American Athletic Conference Championship.
With 647 career assists, Jefferson is just two assists shy of passing Diana Taurasi (648) to become the all-time leader in program history.
Last week, Stewart was tabbed as the NCAA Bridgeport Regional Most Outstanding Player. Through four games in the NCAA Tournament, the North Syracuse, N.Y. native is averaging 20.5 points and 12.0 rebounds to go along with shooting 59.0 percent from the field. Stewart was also selected as an AP All-America First Team member, joining an elite club as only one of six players in NCAA women's basketball history to receive AP First Team honors three times.
The senior forward is pushing out a team-high 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. This season, Stewart has posted 19 20-plus point performances and 15 double-doubles. She ranks first as UConn's all-time blocks leader with 411 career rejections and second on the all-time scoring list with 2,636 points. Stewart made NCAA history on Dec. 9 as the only player to reach 300 career blocks and 300 career assists. She is also the seventh NCAA Division I women's player with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 assists, 200 steals and 200 blocks.
Earlier today, Stewart received the Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball, becoming the fourth Husky in program history to win the award and joining former UConn greats Sue Bird (2002), Maya Moore (2011) and Stefanie Dolson (2014). Additionally, Jefferson teamed up with Stewart as they were named Senior CLASS Award First Team All-Americans.
2015-16 USBWA WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Breanna Stewart, 6-1 Sr. Forward, Connecticut
Moriah Jefferson, 5-7 Sr. Guard, Connecticut
A'ja Wilson, 6-5 So. Forward, South Carolina
Tiffany Mitchell, 5-9 Sr. Guard, South Carolina
Brianna Turner, 6-3 So. Forward, Notre Dame
Nina Davis, 5-11 Jr. Forward, Baylor
Rachel Banham, 5-9 R-Sr Guard, Minnesota
Kelsey Plum, 5-8 Jr. Guard, Washington
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, 5-11 Jr. Guard, Maryland
Kelsey Mitchell, 5-8 So. Guard, Ohio State