Nov. 5, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and sophomore Breanna Stewart have each been selected to the five-member Associated Press Preseason All-America Team, as announced by the AP on Tuesday.
The last time UConn had multiple Preseason AP All-America Team selections was when Tina Charles and Maya Moore were each selected to the team prior to the 2009-10 season.
Along with Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis, seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley received votes marking the first time a team has four players earn All-America honors. Tennessee has had three players twice and UConn did it in 2008.
"I think the fact that we had such a great year last year and won the national championship has a lot to do with that," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Sometimes these things just kind of converge and everything happens all at one time. It is unusual, though. I've had a lot players and a lot of great teams come through here and for this to be the first time this has happened shows how special it is."
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 Moore
(2010), to be honored as the MOP of the NCAA Regional and Final Four.
"I feel like a lot of people on our team could be named All-Americans with Bria (Hartley) and Stef (Dolson) and me and Stewie and how well our other teammates have been playing, with Tuck and Kia and all them," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "It's just an honor to play with such great people all around me."
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.
The team was rounded out by Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Baylor’s Odyssey Sims and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.
Ogwumike and Sims were both on the postseason All-America team last spring, with Thomas and Mosqueda-Lewis earning second team honors.