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Saturday, April 02, 2016

UConn's Jefferson, Stewart, Tuck earn WBCA honors

Four years after arriving at UConn together, the trio of Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck each found themselves as part of the 10-member Women's Basketball Coaches Association which is such a prestigious honor that it is the criteria Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma uses to have players inducted into the Huskies of Honor.

It is the third year in a row three Huskies were named WBCA All-Americans. Stewart made the team for the third time and Jefferson was selected for the second season in a row. Tuck now becomes eligible for the Huskies of Honor marking the first time that three classmates earned the all-american nod from the coaches.

Stewart was named the winner of the Wade Trophy for the second year in a row while Jefferson was named the WBCA's Defensive Player of the Year.

Stewart leads UConn in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game, rebounding (8.7) and in blocked shots (123). She has blocked a program record 411 shots and her 477 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 134 double-digit scoring games is tied for the third highest total in Division I history.

Jefferson ranks second on UConn's career list with 647 assists and 351 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 this season. She is currently UConn's third-leading scorer with an average of 12.6 points per game and with seven more steals, she will join Nykesha Sales as the only UConn player with three seasons with at least 100 steals.

Tuck is averaging 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds and is third on the team with 106 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.

This is the ninth straight season that at least one Husky was named to the WBCA All-American team.


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