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Monday, March 28, 2016

UConn well represented on Associated Press All-American team

Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck came into UConn considered to be one of the most star-studded recruiting classes in women's college basketball history.

Four years later they are closing in on being the winningest class of all time and over the next week or two there should be plenty of individual accolades coming their way as well.

On Monday Stewart and Jefferson were named first-team Associated Press All-Americans while Tuck was a second team selection.

Stewart leads UConn in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game, rebounding (8.6) and in blocked shots (120). She had blocked a program record 408 shots and her 474 made free throws is also the most in program history. Stewart is the first women's Division I player with at least 400 assists and 400 blocked shots while her 133 double-digit scoring games is the fourth highest total in Division I history. She joins former UConn star Maya Moore, Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and Duke's Alana Beard as three time first team AP All-Americans.

Jefferson ranks second on UConn's career list with 638 assists and 350 steals and of the women's Division I players with at least 600 assists and 300 steals, she has the best assist/turnover ratio. Jefferson joins Stewart as the only Division I women's players shooting at least 55 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the foul line. She is currently UConn's third-leading scorer with an average of 12.7 points per game and with eight more steals, she will join Nykesha Sales as the only UConn player with three seasons with at least 100 steals.

Tuck is averaging 13 points and 5.9 rebounds and is third on the team with 100 assists.

The trio have combined for more points, assists, steals and blocked shots of any three classmates in UConn history and if the Huskies win the national title, the 151 wins since their arrival would be a Division I women's record.

Former Hillhouse High star Bria Holmes, who scored more than 2,000 points at West Virginia, was an honorable mention selection.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but the AP All American list is a JOKE.

(1) Stewart did not receive all 32 first team votes. Shameful.
(2) Kelsey Plum was voted only 3rd team All American. Disgrace.
(3) Courtney Williams received only honorable mention.

Tuck benefited from the Coach of the Year, the Player of the Year, and the Point Guard of the Year. No other player in WCBB had such luxury.

Since when does 13 ppg and 6 rbg earn a player 2nd team All American honors? Especially when defenders are busy defending 1 of Greatest players of All Time in WCBB.

Tuck did Not lead her team in Any category. Missed 5 games. Had a 6 or 7 game terrible shooting slump in a conference with only 2 teams in March Madness. Shot less than 30% from 3 PT. Shot less than 51% FG despite most of her shots being right at the rim.

UConn bias by AP voters were clearly persuaded by Auriemma's 4 year long campaign promoting "precious". (That nickname has been discussed by SNY and UConn during the season, I did not give it to her.)

Only way to measure Tuck's actual ability would be if she returned to UConn next season and was UConn's primary offensive target.

2:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see they Fixed the first team vote total for Stewart ... it now shows 32 ...

10:50 PM 

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