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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Honors rolling in for UConn stars

While the American Athletic Conference is not releasing its major individual awards until tomorrow, that doesn't mean that UConn players had to wait until tomorrow's press conference to be recognized.

Junior guard Moriah Jefferson was named the AAC's Most Improved Player and was joined on the first team All-AAC by teammates Breanna Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck. senior center Kiah Stokes was named the conference's defensive player of the year after blocking a conference-leading 86 shots which is more than eight of the other AAC teams had during the season.
Freshman forward Gabby Williams was one of two winners of the Sixth Player of the Year Award after leading the conference with a 61.8 field-goal percentage, finishing tied for sixth with an average of 7.5 rebounds per game and averaging 10.1 points per game during conference play. Williams was also named to the All-Freshman team. Tulsa junior guard Ashley Clark, who averaged 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in AAC play, shared the honor with Williams.
Temple senior guard Tyonna Williams was named the AAC's Sportsmanship Award winner while East Carolina's I'Tiana Taylor was selected as the Newcomer of the Year.
Jefferson led the conference with an average of 3 steals per game and was the conference lead with a 54.3 3-point percentage and a 3.6 assist/turnover ratio was one of four unanimous first-team All-AAC selections.
Stewart (17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per game), Mosqueda-Lewis (14.2 points per game and a conference best 54 3-pointers) and South Florida's Courtney Williams, who led the conference with an average of 21.4 points per game, were also unanimous selections. Tuck and East Carolina's Jada Payne were also named to the first team.
Stokes was a second-team pick while UConn's Kia Nurse was a third-team All-AAC selection and joined Temple's Alliya Butts as the only unanimous selections to the All-Freshman team.
The conference's player of the year, coach of the year, freshman of the year and scholar-athlete of the year will be announced during a press conference at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday at 2 p.m.

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