July 10, 2012
STORRS, Conn. (July 10, 2012) – Incoming freshman women's basketball student-athlete Breanna Stewart was named the 2012 Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles, Calif. at a dinner emceed by ESPN’s Stuart Scott. Joining Tina Charles (2005-06) and Maya Moore (2006-07), Stewart becomes the third Husky to be honored as the Gatorade High School Female Athlete of the Year.
Established in 1985, the Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. In addition to athletic excellence, the award recognizes academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. In 2003, the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards were established to identify and honor the nation's top overall male and female high school athletes from among the 12 Gatorade National Players of the Year honored during the high school athletic season.
All Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year nominees will walk the ESPY red carpet and be featured as special guests during The ESPY Awards Show. The show will take place Wednesday evening and air live on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Breanna Stewart | Forward | 6-4 | Syracuse, N.Y.
F | 6-4 | Syracuse, N.Y.
Honored as the national player of the Year by Gatorade, USA Today, Parade Magazine, McDonald's (Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Naismith Trophy following the 2011-12 season ... Named to the 2012 USA Basketball U18 National Team ... Was the youngest member of the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team, becoming just the second high school player to compete for Team USA in the Pan Am Games. Stewart started all four games and averaged team highs of 15.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest ... Averaged team-highs of 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds to help Team USA to a 7-1 record and gold medal at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile ... Shot 46.8 percent from the field (36-77 FGs) for the US ... Named to the five-member All-FIBA U19 World Championship Team and was honored as the USA Basketball Female Player of the Year in 2011 ... Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2011 ... Played five seasons at Cicero-North Syracuse High School (N.Y.), where she has competed in 119 games and compiled 2,367 points, 1,389 rebounds, 337 assists, 325 steals and 364 blocks ... Cicero posted an 83-13 record over the past four seasons ... Averaged 26.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.8 steals and 4.2 blocks per game to lead Cicero North to a 22-3 record and the New York Class AA State Title and the Class AA Federation Crown ... Led her team to a 22-3 record, the New York Section 3 and New York Class AA state titles during the 2010-11 campaign ... Started all 25 games during her junior season and averaged 24.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.8 steals and 4.2 blocks per game ... As a sophomore, Stewart started in all 22 games and led the team to an 18-4; averaged 22.1 points, 13.2 rebounds and 7.2 blocks per game ... As a freshman, averaged 17.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.0 blocks per game to help North Syracuse to a 21-3 record and the 2A regional final ... Also competed with the Cicero North varsity squad during her eighth-grade year of 2007-08 and averaged 9.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.3 blocks per contest.
Born on August 27, 1994 in Syracuse, N.Y. ... Parents are Heather and Brian Stewart ... Is a Scholar-Athlete and winner of Cicero North's Outstanding Character Award ... Undecided on a major.
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