Dec. 23, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Sophomore women’s hoops standout Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) has been recognized as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week in awards announced Monday. Selected by the league as the Preseason Player of the Year, Stewart averaged 26.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor in a week that included wins at No. 2/2 Duke and over No. 21/20 California in New York City. The top-ranked Huskies improved to 12-0 on the year and head into the Christmas break on an 18-game winning streak.
Stewart started off the week with a 24-point, 11-rebound performance against the Blue Devils in Durham. In an impressive all-around performance, Stewart’s 24 points resulted from 8-19 shooting including a six-of-seven evening from the free throw line. She also dished-out three assists and blocked three shots in the win. The Syracuse, N.Y. native followed that up with a career-high tying 29 points in UConn's win over No. 20/21 Cal as part of the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden. Stewart went 12-18 shooting in only 27 minutes of action and she also pulled down 10 boards for her third-straight double-double.
Stewart currently leads the Huskies in scoring at 19.3 points per game and ranks second on the squad with 7.7 rebounds per contest. On the defensive end, she has also blocked a team-high 35 shots in 12 games this year. Stewart has recorded double-digit points in ten of the team’s twelve contests, including six 20-plus point performances.
Stewart becomes the third Husky this season to earn Player of the Week honors from the American after teammates Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson took home the laurels on Nov. 18 and Nov. 25, respectively.
UConn enters the holiday break with a perfect record and will return to action on Dec. 29 in the friendly confines of Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies (12-0) will close out the 2013 by opening conference play against Cincinnati (7-4 overall) for the inaugural American Athletic Conference schedule. The game will be televised on ESPN with start time scheduled for 5:00pm.