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Monday, April 06, 2015

More honors for UConn's Stewart & Mosqueda-Lewis

Just when you might have thought that there were no awards left for Breanna Stewart to win comes word that the UConn junior forward as well as senior forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis are two of the four women's basketball finalists for the Honda Award.

Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd and Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina were the other finalists.

Stewart won the award last year, becoming the eighth UConn player to earn the honor. If she wins the award she will join Maya Moore as the only UConn player to win the award twice.

Minnesota's All-American center Amanda Zahui B has made the decision to bypass her final two seasons of eligibility and declare for the WNBA draft according to an Associated Press report.

Zahui B, who is eligible for the draft because she will turn 22 during the calendar year in which the WNBA draft if held, figures to move to the top of the draft board.

UConn senior Kiah Stokes, who is another top post player available in this year's draft, was surprised to hear about the report.

"That is awesome for her,' Stokes said. "It is going to be a different look, she is good and congrats to her and all the best of luck to her. I never thought I'd see somebody do that in the women's game especially since the pay is so different from the women's and men's side."

Stokes has never played against Zahui B, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, but Minnesota was in the Gulf Coast Showcase that UConn played in back in November. Minnesota's loss to Vanderbilt kept it from meeting up with UConn in the tournament. Still, Stokes saw some of Zahui B's games down there.

"She's a good player," Stokes said. "She finishes well and has good footwork."


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