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Jefferson, Stewart and Tuck Selected 1-2-3 in 2016 WNBA Draft

Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck are the first teammates in history to be selected with the first three picks of the WNBA Draft.
April 14, 2016

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- University of Connecticut women's basketball seniors, Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck were selected with the first three picks of the 2016 WNBA Draft on Thursday, April 14.

Stewart was selected by the Seattle Storm with the first overall pick, Jefferson was selected by the San Antonio Stars with the No. 2 pick while Tuck was selected No. 3 overall by the Connecticut Sun.

Thursday marked the first time teammates had been selected with the first three picks of the WNBA Draft.

Stewart is the fifth UConn player in history to be selected as the No. 1 pick overall joining Sue Bird (2002), Diana Taurasi (2004), Tina Charles (2010) and Maya Moore (2011). The draft was held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. First round action began at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The trio will become the 30th, 31st and 32nd different former Huskies to play in the WNBA since the league's inception in 1997. UConn has now had at least one player selected in the WNBA Draft 17 times in the last 19 years. UConn did not have any seniors on its roster in 2003 or 2007.

Jefferson, Stewart and Tuck are the 17th, 18th, and 19th Huskies to be selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft.

Stewart swept the 2016 national player of the year honors and is a two-time winner of the Wooden Award. She is also a three-time winner of the Naismith Trophy (Atlanta Tip-Off Club), Associated Press Player of the Year Award and the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award (USBWA). The North Syracuse, N.Y. native has also won the Wade Trophy (WBCA) in each of the last two season.

 

 

Stewart, who also won the Senior CLASS Award in 2016, finished her career as UConn's all-time leader with 414 career blocked shots and is second on the Huskies' all-time scoring list with 2,676 points.

On Dec. 9 Stewart became the only player in NCAA history 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 became the first player in NCAA history to be selected as the Final Four Most Outstanding Player four times. No other player has earned more than two Final Four MOP honors.

Along with Jefferson and Tuck, Stewart led the Huskies to four-straight national championships, six conference championships and a record 151 wins over the last four seasons. The trio led the Huskies to their record ninth-straight Final Four in 2015-16 and propelled UConn to 24-straight NCAA Tournament wins, surpassing the previous record of 21-consecutive NCAA Tournament victories which was held by Tennessee since 1999.

Jefferson 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.

Jefferson was selected as the Nancy Lieberman Award for the second-straight year in 2015-16 and also became 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 was also tabbed as a USBWA, WBCA and Senior CLASS Award and John R. Wooden Award All-American during her senior season and earned first team status from the Associated Press.

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.

Jefferson surpassed Diana Taurasi (648) to become the all-time leader in program history with seven helpers in UConn's national semifinal win over Oregon State. She finished her career with a school-record 659 career assists.

Tuck was honored as an All-American by the WBCA and earned second team stats from the Associated Press at the end of her senior season. A two-time American Athletic Conference First Team selection, Tuck finished her final year with an assist-turnover ratio of 2.1/1, which was the second-best mark in the league.

The 2016 AAC Sportsmanship Award winner, Tuck saved some of her best play for the postseason, earning spots on the All-NCAA Tournament team in each of the last two years.

The triumvirate helped lead UConn to a 151-5 record over the last four years, which is the winningest four-season stretch in the history of the sport.

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