Four Huskies Selected To Naismith Award Early Season Watch List

Stefanie Dolson was among the four Huskies named to the Naismith Award Top 50 Watch List.

Nov. 25, 2013

STORRS, Conn. – Four standouts from the UConn women’s basketball team earned spots on the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Monday morning. Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, and Breanna Stewart all received recognition, making UConn the most represented school on the list.

The quartet was also named to the John R. Wooden Award Top 30 Preseason Watch List prior to the start of play in October. The same four standouts were named to the Naismith Award Top 50 Watch List last year. This marks the third consecutive year that Dolson and Hartley have found themselves on the watch list.

The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is awarded annually to the men’s and women’s college basketball players of the year. The voting academy bases its criteria on player performance throughout the season. The Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will narrow the 50 pre-season watch list down to a midseason team comprised of 30 candidates, which will be announced in February. From there, four finalists will be selected to the final ballot in March. The Naismith Award winner will be announced on April 7, 2014.

Louisville guard Schoni Schimmel and Rutgers forward Betnijah Laney joined the Huskies in representing the American Athletic Conference on the Naismith Top 30 List. The ACC led all conferences with 14 candidates while the SEC placed eight individuals on the roster.

Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) is enjoying a fine senior campaign so far this season. The center has led the team in rebounding in five of the team’s eight games so far this year while also setting a new career high in single-game scoring with 26 points. The career marker came against Oregon last Wednesday, when Dolson also added 11 assists and 14 rebounds to mark just the triple-double in UConn program history. Dolson has also shown range in her shooting game, knocking down three three-pointers on the season. She has been all over the glass for Connecticut, averaging ten rebounds a game for the Huskies. The American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Dolson’s 14.0 average point per game ties her with fellow senior Bria Hartley for second on the team.

Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.) has also been performing this season. The senior matched career-highs in both points and assists, logging a 29 point effort against Penn State on Nov. 17 and dishing out seven helpers against BU on Friday evening. Hartley leads the team in three-pointers made with eleven and assists with 47.

Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) has picked up where she left off in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Of the eight games the Huskies have played this winter, Stewart has posted double-digit points in seven of these contests, including four 20-plus point efforts in the last six games. Breanna leads the team in scoring, averaging an impressive 18.9 points per game while posting a .524 shooting percentage from the floor.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), though sidelined from an injury that occurred in the Stanford game, posted solid numbers in her two games on the court. In 41 season minutes, Mosqueda-Lewis went 7-for-12 from the floor and 3-for-6 from three-point range, posting a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line in all her attempts.

In the history of the Naismith Trophy, five Huskies have earned the award in seven different seasons. Rebecca Lobo first took home the honors for Connecticut in the 1995 season after winning the program’s first National Championship. In 2002, the Naismith Award was bestowed on Sue Bird after UConn’s first of three consecutive National Titles. Diana Taurasi followed on Bird’s heels  as a back-to-back recipient in 2003 and 2004. Most recently, Tina Charles earned the honors in 2010, in between Maya Moore’s two seasons as the Naismith Award winner in 2009 and 2011.

 

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Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List – Women’s Top 50

 

NAME

CLASS

POSITION

SCHOOL

CONFERENCE

Natalie Achonwa

Sr.

Forward

Notre Dame

ACC

Rachel Banham

Jr.

Guard

Minnesota

Big Ten

Tiffany Bias

Sr.

Guard

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Brittany Boyd

Jr.

Guard

California

Pac-12

Gennifer Brandon

RSr.

Forward

California

Pac-12

Kirby Burkholder

Sr.

Guard

James Madison

Colonial Athletic

Asya Bussie

Sr.

Center

West Virginia

Big 12

Hallie Christofferson

Sr.

Forward

Iowa State

Big 12

Jerica Coley

Sr.

Guard

Florida International

Conference USA

Kaela Davis

Fr.

Guard

Georgia Tech

ACC

Jazmine Davis

Jr.

Guard

Washington

Pac-12

Diamond DeShields

Fr.

Guard

North Carolina

ACC

Stefanie Dolson

Sr.

Center

UConn

American Athletic

Aaryn Ellenberg

Sr.

Guard

Oklahoma

Big 12

Christina Foggie

Sr.

Guard

Vanderbilt

SEC

Chassidy Fussell

Sr.

Guard

Texas

Big 12

Bashaara Graves

So.

Forward

Tennessee

SEC

Chelsea Gray

Sr.

Guard

Duke

ACC

Cassie Harberts

Sr.

Forward

USC

Pac-12

Bria Hartley

Sr.

Guard

UConn

American Athletic

Jordan Hooper

Sr.

Forward

Nebraska

Big Ten

Andrea Hoover

Jr.

Guard

Dayton

Atlantic 10

Natasha Howard

Sr.

Forward

Florida State

ACC

Brittany Hrynko

Jr.

Guard

DePaul

Big East

Betnijah Laney

Jr.

Guard-Forward

Rutgers

American Athletic

Tricia Liston

Sr.

Guard

Duke

ACC

Jewell Loyd

So.

Guard

Notre Dame

ACC

Maggie Lucas

Sr.

Guard

Penn State

Big Ten

Tyaunna Marshall

Sr.

Guard

Georgia Tech

ACC

Ariel Massengale

Jr.

Guard

Tennessee

SEC

Kayla McBride

Sr.

Guard

Notre Dame

ACC

Xylina McDaniel

So.

Forward

North Carolina

ACC

Laurin Mincy

RJr.

Guard

Maryland

ACC

Courtney Moses

Sr.

Guard

Purdue

Big Ten

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

Jr.

Forward

UConn

American Athletic

Jasmine Newsome

Sr.

Guard

Tennessee-Martin

Ohio Valley

Chiney Ogwumike

Sr.

Forward

Stanford

Pac-12

Haley Peters

Sr.

Forward-Guard

Duke

ACC

Theresa Plaisance

Sr.

Forward

LSU

SEC

Michelle Plouffe

Sr.

Forward

Utah

Pac-12

Ebony Rowe

Sr.

Forward

Middle Tennessee

USA

Schoni Schimmel

Sr.

Guard

Louisville

American Athletic

Meighan Simmons

Sr.

Guard

Tennessee

SEC

Odyssey Sims

Sr.

Guard

Baylor

Big 12

DeNesha Stallworth

Sr.

Forward

Kentucky

SEC

Breanna Stewart

So.

Forward

UConn

American Athletic

Alyssa Thomas

Sr.

Forward

Maryland

ACC

Courtney Walker

So.

Guard

Texas A&M

SEC

Aleighsa Welch

Jr.

Forward

South Carolina

SEC

Elizabeth Williams

Jr.

Center-Forward

Duke

ACC