Oct. 14, 2013
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Four Huskies earned American Athletic Conference Preseason Accolades as announced by the league during Media Day, which was held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. sophomore forward Breanna Stewart was honored as The American Preseason player of the Year while senior center Stefanie Dolson and junior guard/forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis joined Stewart on the Preseason All-Conference First Team. Senior guard Bria Hartley earned Honorable Mention status.
Dolson and Stewart, along with Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel, were the only student-athletes selected to the Preseason All-Conference team unanimously, in a vote by the league’s coaches.
All four of the aforementioned Huskies were selected to the Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List last week.
This year marks the 17th time a Husky has been selected as the Preseason Conference Player of the Year. Stewart is the ninth different Husky to be so honored.
Dolson, a 2012-13 WBCA/State Farm All-America selection, enters her senior year with 1,299 career points and is fourth on UConn's all-time field goal percentage list at 59.8 percent. A 2013 First Team All-Big East selection, Dolson has been selected to the All-Big East Tournament team in each of her three years in Storrs and was an NCAA Tournament All-Region Team pick in each of the last two seasons. Dolson also was honored as an All-American by the United States Basketball Writers and earned All-America Third Team honors from the Associated Press last year.
Hartley, a 2011-12 WBCA/State Farm All-America selection, was a 2013 All-NCAA Tournament Team selection after averaging 9.2 points per game. A 2012-13 Honorable Mention All-Big East selection Hartley enters her senior year with 1,347 career points in 113 games played. The 2011 Big East Rookie of the Year has been named to the Wade Trophy Watch List in each of the last three years.
Mosqueda-Lewis was only the fifth UConn sophomore to be selected as a WBCA/State Farm All-American in 2012-13 after establishing a new school record with 118 made 3-point field goals. She enters her junior year with 1,239 career points and is third all-time at UConn in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.8 percent. After leading the country in 3-point field goal percentage last year (49.2 percent) the Anaheim Hills, Calif. native was also selected as an All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association and earned second-team honors by the Associated Press.
Stewart averaged 13.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in her rookie season. An Honorable Mention All-Big East selection, Stewart took off during the postseason and was honored as the 2013 Bridgeport Regional Most Outstanding Player in addition to being honored as only the fourth freshman ever to be selected as the MOP of the Final Four. A 2013 All-Big East Tournament pick, Stewart averaged 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 56.3 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from long-range during five NCAA Tournament games. The Syracuse, N.Y. native is only the third UConn Husky ever, along with Diana Taurasi (2003 and 2004) and Maya Moore (2010), to be honored as the MOP of the NCAA Regional and Final Four.
Preseason Player of the Year
Breanna Stewart, UConn, So., F
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Tyler Scaife, Rutgers, Fr., G
Preseason All-Conference Team
Briahanna Jackson, UCF, So., G
Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati, R-Sr., G
*Stefanie Dolson, UConn, Sr., C
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn, Jr., F
*Breanna Stewart, UConn, So., F
Keena Mays, SMU, Sr., G
Sara Hammond, Louisville, Jr., F
*Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Sr., G
Antonita Slaughter, Louisville, Sr., G
Inga Orekhova, USF, Sr., G
Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention
Betnijah Laney, Rutgers, Jr., G/F
Bria Hartley, UConn, Sr., G
Huskies Honored as Preseason Conference Players of the Year
1989-90: Kerry Bascom
1990-91: Kerry Bascom
1993-94: Rebecca Lobo
1994-95: Rebecca Lobo
1995-96: Jennifer Rizzotti
1996-97: Nykesha Sales
1997-98: Nykesha Sales
1998-99: Svetlana Abrosimova
1999-2000: Svetlana Abrosimova
2000-01: Shea Ralph
2001-02: Sue Bird
2002-03: Diana Taurasi
2003-04: Diana Taurasi
2008-09: Maya Moore
2009-10: Maya Moore
2010-11: Maya Moore
2013-14: Breanna Stewart