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Friday, March 04, 2016

UConn's Auriemma, Stewart earn top honors from AAC

Apparently there is actually is a bit of history that Geno Auriemma had not accomplished yet - until Friday.

Auriemma earned his 14th conference coach of the year when he received the American Athletic Conference honor marking the first time he has been named the conference's top coach for the third season in a row.

Auriemma has led UConn to a 29-0 record and its 12th perfect run to the conference title as the Huskies won the 18 conference games by an average of 51.3 points per game.

Auriemma wasn't the only person to complete the 3-peat as UConn senior forward Breanna Stewart was named the AAC Player of the Year. Stewart joins Maya Moore and Kerry Bascom as the only UConn players to be a three-time conference player of the year. It is also the 17th time in the last 23 seasons that a Husky has been named player of the year.

In conference games, Stewart led the AAC in assist/turnover ratio and blocked shots and was also in the top five in scoring, rebounding, assists, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage.

Stewart is the first UConn player since Kara Wolters during the 1996-97 season to score in double figures in every regular season game. She will become the first Husky since Swin Cash to lead UConn in scoring and rebounding in consecutive seasons

UConn did not sweep the major awards as South Florida's Kitija Laksa was named the conference's freshman of the year while her teammate Courtney Williams, one of three unanimous all-conference selection, was honored as the scholar-athlete of the year.

Laksa led all AAC player in 3-pointers and 3-point percentage and was the fourth leading scorer in conference play as she beat out UConn' Katie Lou Samuelson for the honor.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stewart is obviously one of the top 10 players in WCBB history. But statistics do not always tell the whole story behind "led the team in ..."

Last season Stewart led UConn in total rebounds with 303 while Stokes grabbed 265. Stewart played 28.3 minutes per game while Stokes played 18.3 mpg. Stewart won the rebound numbers battle but Stokes was the superior rebounder. Stokes also averaged 1 full block more per game than Stewart, playing 10 minutes less per game.

Head coaches affect individual statistics. Stokes is a perfect example. Auriemma took Stewart out of a game in which she had a legitimate chance to break Sales single game scoring record. Auriemma reinserted Dolson into a game so she could get a triple double. Puppet master. :-)

Congratulations to Stewart. More important awards coming soon.

3:11 PM 

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