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Sunday, April 10, 2016

UConn's Stewart, Navy's Reynolds named co-winners of Sullivan Award

Breanna Stewart is no stranger to receiving prestigious awards but this one has to be extra special.

Stewart swept the national player of the year awards in each of the last two seasons en route to leading UConn to an unprecedented four straight Division I titles. But on Sunday it was announced that Stewart and Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds were named co-winners of the AAU's Sullivan Award which is presented to the nation's premier amateur athlete.

Stewart is not only the first UConn women's basketball player to win the award but first women's basketball player so honored since sisters Coco and Kelly Miller shared the honor in 1999. Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, who won the award in 1998, is the only other women's basketball player to be named winner of the Sullivan Award.

Stewart was unable to be at the ceremony because she was taking part in the UConn Victory Parade in Hartford but will receive the award in a special ceremony during tomorrow night's on-campus event honoring the Huskies.

The best way to illustrate how prestigious of an honor this is would be to link to the list of previous winners

"It is kind of cool to have something outside of just basketball," Stewart said. "I am honored to be with those other great athletes."

Stewart was named the winner of Wooden Award, Wade Trophy, Naismith Trophy, Associated Press Player of the Year and U.S Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row.

Stewart, the only Division I women's basketball with at least 400 assists and 400 blocked shots, joins Maya Moore as the only UConn player to score more than 700 points more than once. As a senior she averaged 19.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while setting career highs with 147 assists, 126 blocked shots and 67 steals.

Stewart is the only player to be named the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four four times. She finished second with 71 blocked shots, tied for second with 207 rebounds and third with 446 points in NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament history. She will graduate as the Huskies career leader in blocked shots and will rank second in scoring and fourth in rebounding.
Reynolds led Navy to a school-record 11 wins during the 2015 season and the final ranking of No. 18 is the highest in more than 50 years. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting and was named a third-team All-American. Reynolds is the all-time leader in FBS history in touchdowns scored (88) and rushing yards by a quarterback (4,559).

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