Four Huskies Earn Spot on Wooden Award Preseason Top-30 List

Breanna Stewart is one of only three sophomores to earn a spot on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-30.
Breanna Stewart is one of only three sophomores to earn a spot on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-30. UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

Oct. 23, 2013

LOS ANGELES - Four University of Connecticut women’s basketball team standouts, Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, have each earned a spot on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-30 List as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Wednesday, October 23.  The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women’s basketball media members.

UConn led all programs with four selections to the 30-member list.  Recently, all four student-athletes earned preseason accolades from the American Athletic Conference as Stewart was honored as the Preseason Player of the Year while Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis joined her on the Preseason First Team.  Hartley earned Honorable Mention status. 

Players not chosen to the preseason team are eligible for both the midseason team and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.

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.

The ACC led all conferences with nine selections, followed by the Pac-12 and newly formed American Athletic Conference with five; the SEC with four; the Big 12 and Big Ten with three; and Conference USA with one. In addition to Connecticut, five other schools had multiple players chosen: Duke (Elizabeth Williams, Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston); California (Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon); Notre Dame (Kayla McBride, Natalie Achonwa); Tennessee (Bashaara Graves, Meighan Simmons); and North Carolina (Diamond DeShields, Xylina McDaniel).

About the John R. Wooden Award

The 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners the weekend of April 11-13, 2014. It will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and will recognize the Legends of Coaching Award recipient Tara VanDerveer of Stanford.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Maya Moore (’09 and ’11) and Brittney Griner (’12 and ’13).

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award ceremony.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or email at woodenaward@laac.net.

 

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award®
Preseason Top 30, Women 

Name

Height

Class

Position

University

Conference

Natalie Achonwa

6-3

Sr.

F

Notre Dame

ACC

Rachel Banham

5-9

Jr.

G

Minnesota

Big Ten

Brittany Boyd

5-9

Jr.

G

California

Pac-12

Gennifer Brandon

6-2

Sr.

F

California

Pac-12

Hallie Christofferson

6-3

Sr.

F

Iowa State

Big 12

Jerica Coley

5-8

Sr.

G

FIU

Conference USA

Jazmine Davis

5-7

Jr.

PG

Washington

Pac-12

Diamond DeShields

6-1

Fr.

G

North Carolina

ACC

Stefanie Dolson

6-5

Sr.

C

UConn

The American

Aaryn Ellenberg

5-7

Sr.

G

Oklahoma

Big 12

Bashaara Graves

6-2

So.

F

Tennessee

SEC

Chelsea Gray

5-11

Sr.

G

Duke

ACC

Cassie Harberts

6-2

Sr.

F

USC

Pac-12

Bria Hartley

5-8

Sr.

G

UConn

The American

Jordan Hooper

6-2

Sr.

F

Nebraska

Big Ten

Tricia Liston

6-1

Sr.

G

Duke

ACC

Maggie Lucas

5-10

Sr.

G

Penn State

Big Ten

Tyuanna Marshall

5-9

Sr.

G

Georgia Tech

ACC

Kayla McBride

5-11

Sr.

G

Notre Dame

ACC

Xylina McDaniel

6-2

So.

F

North Carolina

ACC

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

6-0

Jr.

F

UConn

The American

Chiney Ogwumike#

6-4

Sr.

F

Stanford

Pac-12

Theresa Plaisance

6-5

Sr.

F

LSU

SEC

Shoni Schimmel

5-6

Jr.

G

Louisville

The American

Meighan Simmons

5-9

Sr.

G

Tennessee

SEC

Odyssey Sims#

5-8

Sr.

G

Baylor

Big 12

DeNesha Stallworth

6-3

Sr.

F

Kentucky

SEC

Breanna Stewart

6-4

So.

F

UConn

The American

Alyssa Thomas

6-2

Sr.

F

Maryland

ACC

Elizabeth Williams

6-3

Jr.

C/F

Duke

ACC

 

(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)
# indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden Award All American Team