Dec. 24, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has named UConn forward Breanna Stewart as the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week. Stewart was named conference Player of the Week by the American yesterday afternoon, becoming eligible for National Player of the Week consideration by the USBWA board of directors.
Stewart shined against a pair of ranked opponents last week when top-ranked Connecticut faced then-No. 2 Duke and No. 20 California. The sophomore standout averaged 26.5 points in the two games, bringing down 10.5 rebounds per contest and hitting 54.1 percent of her shots. Against Blue Devils, Stewart led the team with 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 22-point win over the second-ranked team in the nation. Against the Golden Bears in the Maggie Dixon Classic on Sunday, Stewart matched her career-high with 29 points in just 27 minutes of playing time and logged her third consecutive double-double with 10 boards. The New York native’s performance at Madison Square Garden marked her sixth 20-plus point outing this season – more than any other Husky this year
Stewart currently leads Connecticut 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 boasts a 50.6 field goal percentage, while the Huskies rank second in the country with a 51.6 team shooting percent. The sophomore has earned more trips to the foul line than any other player this season, hitting 82.5 percent of her 57 free throw attempts.
Prior to the season, Stewart was picked as the American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year and, along with teammate Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, was honored as an Associated Press Preseason All-American. The sophomore has also landed on watch lists for both the Naismith Award and Wooden Award.
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 2013 by opening conference play against Cincinnati (7-4) for their inaugural American Athletic Conference game. Defending national champion Connecticut received the unanimous selection to claim the American regular season crown in preseason voting. Sunday’s game will be televised on ESPN with start time scheduled for 5:00pm.