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Monday, April 07, 2014

UConn's Dolson named WBCA Defensive Player of the Year

UConn senior center Stefanie Dolson beat out Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike and Odyssey Sims of Baylor to earn WBCA Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Dolson has 90 blocked shots as a senior and is one of four UConn players with 250 career blocked shots.

Here is the release from the WBCA

Stefanie Dolson of the University of Connecticut is the 2014 WBCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year presented by the United States Marine Corps, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday night. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.

The Defensive Player of the Year award honors the best defensive collegiate Division I women's basketball player. All Division I conference defensive players of the year are eligible to be nominated for the award. A selection committee makes the final decision on the winner. If a conference does not select a defensive player of the year, the conference representative can nominate one player to be considered.

Baylor’s Odyssey Sims and Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike were also finalists for the award.

Dolson leads the American Athletic Conference in defensive rebounds (7.1 avg./g.). She is second in the league in rebounds (9.2 avg./g) and fourth in blocked shots. The American Conference Defensive Player of the Year is the fifth Husky to record at least 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Dolson joined Kara Wolters as only the second UConn player to four-peat as a conference All-Tournament selection. Dolson recorded the programs second triple-double against Oregon on Nov. 20.

 UConn is ranked first in the nation for Division I programs in blocked shots per game (8.2) and scoring average (47.3).

And just in case people think UConn won every individual award in the postseason, Baylor's Odyssey Sims beat out Breanna Stewart to win the Wade Trophy.

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