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STORRS, Conn. – Breanna Stewart and Emily Howard were both named Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winners by the American Athletic Conference and Commissioner Mike Aresco on Wednesday afternoon.
Stewart, a four-time NCAA champion on the women’s basketball team, and Howard, a key member of the women’s cross country program, both graduated in the Class of 2016.
The American selected a student-athlete for each of its sports based on academic credentials, athletic accolades and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible for the honor.
Stewart and Howard were the sole winners of their respective sports, representing UConn as two of its highest-achieving student-athletes.
Coming off her third straight season as National Player of the Year, Stewart earned her fourth-straight NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player award in 2016. She finished second on UConn’s all-time scoring list with 2,676 points.
Howard helped UConn cross country finish in second place at the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship. In her sophomore season, she finished seventh in the 1,000m run at the ECAC Championship.
Memphis led all AAC schools with eight award winners, while Tulsa finished with three.