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Stewart Wins Wade Trophy, Husky Trio Named WBCA All-Americans

Breanna Stewart won the 2016 Wade Trophy, her second-straight year earning the award.
April 2, 2016
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INDIANAPOLIS – As the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team prepares for the 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Four, senior standouts Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) and Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) have been selected to the 10-member WBCA All-America Team. Along with All-America Team honors, Stewart was chosen as the 2016 Wade Trophy winner and Jefferson was named the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year, as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Saturday.

UConn now boasts a total of 37 WBCA All-America selections. The triumvirate was also named to the WBCA All-Region III Team earlier this month.

Tuck, the American Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award winner and All-Conference First Team member, ranks second on the team with 13.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She is making her first appearance on the WBCA All-America Team and 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 four games in the NCAA Tournament, Tuck is averaging a team second-best 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds and was placed on the Bridgeport Regional All-Tournament Team.

Stewart becomes the sixth-ever Husky player to receive the Wade Trophy and first since Maya Moore in 2010-11. Stewart and Moore are the only Huskies in program history to win the award multiple times, as this is the second-straight year Stewart has been honored. In total, the Connecticut program boasts nine total Wade Trophy selections.

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 Associated Press 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. She is also the only player to be named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player three times.

Jefferson is only the second Husky to ever be named the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year, joining Stefanie Dolson, who received the honor in 2013-14.

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 AP 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.

Earlier this week, 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 and USBWA All-Americans.

Here are the members of the 2016 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team:

Name

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height 

Nina Davis

Baylor

Junior

Forward

5’11”

Moriah Jefferson

Connecticut

Senior

Guard

5’7”

Kelsey Mitchell

Ohio State

Sophomore

Guard

5’8”

Kelsey Plum

Washington

Junior

Guard

5’8”

Breanna Stewart

Connecticut

Senior

Forward

6’4”

Morgan Tuck

Connecticut

Senior

Forward

6’2”

Brianna Turner

Notre Dame

Sophomore

Forward

6’3”

Jamie Weisner

Oregon State

Senior

Guard

5’10”

A’ja Wilson

South Carolina

Sophomore

Forward

6’5”

Courtney Williams

South Florida

Senior

Guard

5’8”

 

 


 

 

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