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Thursday, March 03, 2016

UConn's Jefferson, Stewart among semifinalists for Naismith Trophy

UConn seniors Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart are among 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy.

They are joined by Minnesota's Rachel Banham, Baylor's Nina Davis, Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State, South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell and A'ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum of Washington, Notre Dame's Brianna Turner and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of Maryland.

Stewart is UConn's leading scorer, averaging 19.6 points per game and top rebounder at 8.6 per game. She needs one steal and three blocked shots to have at least 100 assists, 50 steals and 100 blocked shots for the third consecutive season. No other UConn player has reached all three milestones.

Jefferson is the Huskies' second leading scorer at 13.1 points per game and leads the team with 151 assists and 76 steals. She has the highest assist/turnover ratio for any player with at least 600 assists and 300 steals dating back to the start of the 1999-2000 season.

Stewart and Walker-Kimbrough are the only women's Division I players to shoot at least 55 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line. She is also the only player to have at least 300 assists and 300 blocked shots in her career since blocked shots became an official statistic in 1988 and is the first UConn player since Kara Wolters during the 1996-97 season to score in double figures in every game this season.

Four finalists will be announced on Mar. 18 with the winner being named on April 4.

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