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

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