STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore center Azurá Stevens has decided to join the University of Connecticut women's basketball team after transferring from Duke University, as announced on Tuesday. The Raleigh, N.C. native will be forced to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2017-18 campaign.
"We don't usually get involved in transfer situations but this particular one was intriguing," head women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma said. "Getting the chance to speak with Azurá and having her on campus to meet with the coaches and the players really convinced us and her that this was the right place for her going forward. We are excited and anxious to get Azurá up here and start summer school and look forward to her being a part of our team."
Stevens was honored as an All-ACC First Team selection following the 2015-16 season after averaging team highs of 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. The 6-6 center finished second in the league in scoring and led the conference in rebounding.
"Words can't express how excited I am to have this opportunity to be part of the UConn family," Stevens said. "I appreciate the hospitality that my teammates and coaches showed to me this weekend. I am eager to start my new journey with the Huskies and can't wait to get back up to Storrs this summer! Go Huskies!"
An All-ACC Tournament Second Team pick during her sophomore year, Stevens started 26 games during her freshman year and was honored as an All-ACC Second Team pick following her rookie year.
Azurá Stevens | F/G | 6-6 | Sophomore
An All-ACC First Team selection as a sophomore and a Second Team pick as a freshman, Stevens averaged 16.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and shot 52.3 percent from the field in 58 games for the Blue Devils during her two years at Duke ... An Honorable Mention All-America selection as a sophomore, the Raleigh, N.C. native led the ACC with 14 double-doubles and 9.6 rebounds per game ... Will be forced to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA Transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2017-18 campaign.
As a Sophomore (2015-16)
Saw action in 25 games, earning a spot in the starting lineup in each contest ... Averaged team highs with 18.9 points (second in the ACC) and 9.6 rebounds (led the ACC) per game in 31.2 minutes per contest ... Improved her range from beyond the arc, shooting 35.8 percent from deep (19-53) after shooting 28.3 percent during her freshman year ... Also led the squad at 53.5 percent field goal shooting and 53 blocks ... Posted a league-best 14 double-doubles ... Suffered a foot injury, forcing her to miss seven games towards the end of the season. Returned to play in Duke's two ACC Tournament contests and averaged 16.5 points and 12.5 rebounds en route to earning a spot on the All-ACC tournament Second Team ... Scored a career-high 33 points and was 11-19 from the floor at Clemson ... Registered 32 points against Army early in the season ... Scored at least 20 points 10 times in 25 games.
As a Freshman (2014-15)
Came in as a rookie and made an immediate impact with the Blue Devils, starting 26-of-33 games ... an All-ACC Second Team selection by the Blue Ribbon Panel ... All-ACC Freshman honoree by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league coaches ... received USBWA National Freshman of the Week accolades on Feb. 10 and Dec. 23 ... earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors four times ... averaged 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals ... her 14.1 points per game average led all ACC freshmen ... notched 10 double-doubles and five games with 20 or more points ... her 120 offensive rebounds tied for first nationally among freshmen ... in the ACC stats, ranked 13th in scoring (14.1), eighth in rebounding (8.2), eighth in field goal percentage (51.2) and sixth in offensive rebounds (3.6) ... netted a career-high 24 points on two different occasions against Boston College and Wake Forest ... pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds at Virginia ... pulled down double-digit rebounds in six out of the final 10 games of the season ... scored double-digits in the final 14 contests to conclude the year ... totaled double-doubles in three straight games becoming only the second freshman in Duke history to accomplish that feat ... opened her career with a double-double at Alabama with 10 points and 10 rebounds ... hit a career-high 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the ACC Tournament against Wake Forest ... missed one game (Stony Brook) due to a foot injury.
USA Basketball Experience
Helped lead the USA Basketball Team in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship to a gold medal in Chekhov, Russia with an 8-0 record ... averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds for USA, while starting all eight games ... scored 18 points in the gold medal game against Russia ... Was joined on the team by Napheesa Collier and Crystal Dangerfield.
Parade Magazine All-America as a senior ... 2014 SWAC Player of the Year and North Carolina District 5 Player of the Year selection ... 2014 USA Today All-North Carolina First Team, Associated Press All-State, All-SWAC First Team and North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-State First Team selection ... WBCA High School All-America Honorable Mention ... compiled 1,550 points, 789 rebounds and 145 blocked shots over her high school career ... as a senior, averaged 29.6 points, 18.1 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals ... posted 21 double-doubles, including 12 straight to open the season ... led Cary to a 28-4 record and the 2014 SWAC championship ... scored 40 or more points in three games, 30 or more points in 12 contests and 20 or more points in 20 games ... scored a season-high 47 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and had five blocks in her final high school game against Riverside ... pulled down a season-high 29 rebounds versus Athens Drive ... had nine games with 20 or more rebounds ... ranked the No. 2 recruit in the state of North Carolina by the Raleigh News & Observer heading into her senior campaign ... named captain of her Cary H.S. squad as a sophomore and senior ... collected career highs of 38 points, 25 rebounds, 15 blocks and 12 assists in high school ... played in only seven games as a junior after suffering a broken left fibula ... averaged 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals ...as a sophomore, averaged 16.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 6.0 blocks and 5.0 assists ... a 2012 All-SWAC Second Team honoree ... as a freshman, averaged 13.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.0 assists ... earned 2011 All-SWAC First Team honors ... MVP of her high school team as a freshman and sophomore ... played AAU for the Garner Flames ... guided the Flames to a championship win in 2012 ... invited to try out for the 2014 USA Basketball U18 National Team.
Full name is Azurá Breeona Stevens ... born on February 1, 1996 in Pawtucket, R.I. ... daughter of Damon and Kaasha Stevens ... has two sisters, Da'Shena (25) and Kayla (15) ... her sister, Da'Shena played basketball at St. John's (2008-12) and is now an assistant coach with the Red Storm ... participated in The Miracle League of the Triangle as a sophomore and junior ... an All-Academic selection each of her four years at high school ... a 2015-16 ACC Honor Roll selection.