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Friday, April 08, 2016

UConn's Stewart wins Wooden Award for second year in a row

The postseason award races have featured as much drama as most of the games for the national champion UConn women's basketball team.

On Friday night UConn senior forward Breanna Stewart was named the winner of the Wooden Award for the second consecutive season adding it to the Wade Trophy, Naismith Trophy, Associated Press Player of the Year and U.S Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year Award.

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, 16 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.

She is up for the Sullivan Award as the nation's premier amateur athlete which will be announced on Sunday and on Thursday is expected to join Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles and Maya Moore as the only UConn players taken first overall in the WNBA Draft.

Stewart was joined on the Wooden All-American by classmate Moriah Jefferson.

Stewart was in Los Angeles to accept the award just two days after making the trip to Indianapolis to Storrs following UConn's 11th national title including the fourth in a row. She will be taking part in Sunday's championship parade in Hartford before going through orientation for the WNBA Draft on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for Thursday's WNBA Draft at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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