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    Breanna Stewart Wins Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year Award From USBWA

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Breanna Stewart has won the USBWA National Player of the Year Award the day after being honored with the AP's top indiviudal honor.
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    Breanna Stewart has won the USBWA National Player of the Year Award the day after being honored with the AP's top indiviudal honor.
    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

    April 6, 2014

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    NASHVILLE - University of Connecticut women's basketball team standout Breanna Stewart has been selected as the Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association, as announced by the USBWA in a press conference at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.  A Husky has now won the USBWA National Player of the Year Award seven times, including four times in the last six years. 

    Stewart becomes only the second UConn sophomore to win the honor along with Maya Moore in 2009.  The North Syracuse, N.Y. native was unable to attend the official press conference as she and the Huskies were preparing for Sunday's national semifinal contest against Stanford.  Tip is scheduled for approximately 9 p.m. EDT and the contest will be televised by ESPN.  UConn director of athletics Warde Manuel accepted the honor on Stewart's behalf.   

    The winner of the Associated Press and espnW National Player of the Year awards, Stewart leads the Huskies with 19.4 points per game and ranks second on the UConn roster in rebounding with 8.1 boards per contest. Her 738 points this season are fourth most in program history and represent the second highest total by a sophomore since Moore netted 754 in 2009-10. Stewart not only delivers on the offensive end, but the 6-4 forward leads the squad with 106 blocks on the season, helping UConn set a new NCAA single-season team record for rejections with 313.

    Among her numerous career achievements this season, Stewart registered the eighth-highest single-game point total by a Husky in program history when she dropped 37 on Temple in January. She has logged 11 double-doubles this season and scored more than 20 points in 20 games. Opponents have held Stewart below double digits in just two games this season. On Feb. 16, Stewart recorded UConn's first basket against USF to join UConn's 1,000 point club as the second-fastest Husky to reach the milestone behind Moore. She is just the fifth Husky to achieve the honor as a sophomore.

    The American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year, Stewart went on to lock up Most Outstanding Player in the American Tournament by averaging 21.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in UConn's run to the inaugural championship. The Syracuse native was named a USBWA All-American earlier this week along with fellow New Yorkers Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley. Stewart is also a finalist for the Wade Trophy, the Wooden Award, and the Naismith Trophy.

    All-Time USBWA National Players of the Year
    1988 - Sue Wicks, Rutgers
    1989 - Clarissa Davis, Texas
    1990 - Jennifer Azzi, Stanford
    1991 - Dawn Staley, Virginia
    1992 - Dawn Staley, Virginia
    1993 - Sheryl Swoopes, Texas Tech
    1994 - Lisa Leslie, USC
    1995 - Rebecca Lobo, UConn
    1996 - Saudia Roundtree, Georgia
    1997 - Kate Starbird, Stanford
    1998 - Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee
    1999 - Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee
    2000 - Tamika Catchings, Tennessee
    2001 - Ruth Riley, Notre Dame
    2002 - Sue Brid, UConn
    2003 - Diana Taurasi, UConn
    2004 - Alana Beard, Duke
    2005 - Seimone Augustus, LSU
    2006 - Ivory Latta, North Carolina
    2007 - Candace Parker, Tennessee
    2008 - Candace Parker, Tennessee
    2009 - Maya Moore, UConn
    2010
    - Tina Charles, UConn
    2011
    - Maya Moore, UConn
    2012 - Brittney Griner, Baylor
    2013 - Brittney Griner, Baylor
    2014 - Breanna Stewart, UConn


     

     

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