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Monday, September 19, 2016

Rookie numbers for Jefferson, Stewart match up well against UConn legends

With the WNBA regular season ending yesterday I figured I would see where Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson's rookie numbers compare to other former UConn players.

Not surprisingly, they more then held their own.

Stewart's 621 points broke Diana Taurasi's mark for most points by a UConn grad as a rookie. She was also second in rebounding and blocked shots, fourth in assists, seventh in steals and assist/turnover ratio.

Jefferson had the best assist/turnover ratio (with a remarkable 2.41), was second in assists, tied for second in steals and seventh in 3-pointers. More on the assist/turnover ratio, I didn't look at every player but among the WNBA all-time leaders in assists the only player with an assist/turnover ratio better than 2/1 as a rookie were Cappie Pondexter (2.17 with Phoenix in 2006), Nikki Teasley (2.06 with Los Angeles in 2002) and Temeka Johnson (2.01 with Washington in 2005).

Morgan Tuck finished 10th in assist/turnover ratio in an injury-shortened rookie season. If you project her numbers over a full season, she would have been in the top 10 in 3-pointers as well.


POINTS
Breanna Stewart (Seattle 2016) 621

Diana Taurasi (Phoenix 2004) 578
Tina Charles (Connecticut) 2010 528
Swin Cash (Detroit) 2002 474
Moriah Jefferson (San Antonio 2016) 472
Sue Bird (Seattle 2002) 461
Maya Moore (Minnesota 2011) 449
Nykesha Sales (Orlando 1999) 437
Rebecca Lobo (New York 1997) 348

REBOUNDS
Tina Charles (Connecticut 2010) 398
Breanna Stewart (Seattle 2016) 317
Tamika Williams (Minnesota 2002) 229
Swin Cash (Detroit 2002) 222
Kiah Stokes (New York 2015) 219
Rebecca Lobo (New York 1997) 203
Svet Abrosimova (Minnesota 2001) 174
Maya Moore (Minnesota 2011) 157
Stefanie Dolson (Washington 2014) 149
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix 2004) 149

ASSISTS
Sue Bird (Seattle 2016) 191
Moriah Jefferson (San Antonio 2016) 142
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix 2004) 132
Breanna Stewart (Seattle 2016) 114
Nykesha Sales (Orlando 1999) 91
Maya Moore (Minnesota 2011) 90
Swin Cash (Detroit 2002) 86
Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta 2012) 73
Renee Montgomery (Minnesota 2009) 72
Svet Abrosimova (Minnesota 2001) 53

STEALS
Nykesha Sales (Orlando 1999) 69
Sue Bird (Seattle 2002) 55
Moriah Jefferson (San Antonio 2016) 55
Maya Moore (Minnesota 2011) 48
Tamika Williams (Minnesota 2002) 44
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix 2004) 43
Svet Abrosimova (Minnesota 2001) 42
Breanna Stewart (Seattle 2016) 42
Swin Cash (Detroit 2002) 37
Charde Houston (Minnesota 2008) 30

BLOCKS
Kiah Stokes (New York 2015) 67
Breanna Stewart (Seattle 2016) 64
Tina Charles (Connecticut 2010) 57
Rebecca Lobo (New York 1997) 51
Stefanie Dolson (Washington 2014) 37
Swin Cash (Detroit 2002) 31
Kelly Schumacher (Indiana 2001) 29
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix 2004) 25
Asjha Jones (Washington 2002) 17
Maya Moore (Minnesota 2011) 16

3-POINTERS
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix 2004) 62
Maya Moore (Minnesota 2011) 58
Sue Bird (Seattle 2002) 57
Breanna Stewart (Seattle 2016) 45
Renee Montgomery (Minnesota 2009) 42
Nykesha Sales (Orlando 1999) 36
Moriah Jefferson (San Antonion 2016) 33
Bria Hartley (Washington 2014) 21
Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta 2012) 21
Svet Abrosimova (Minnesota 2001) 19

ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
Moriah Jefferson (San Antonio 2016) 2.41

Maya Moore (Minnesota 2011) 1.80
Sue Bird (Seattle 2002) 1.75
Bria Hartley (Washington 2014) 1.54
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix 2004) 1.47
Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta 2012) 1.43
Breanna Stewart (Seattle 2016) 1.41
Nykesha Sales (Orlando 1999) 1.31
Ketia Swanier (Connecticut 2008) 1.30
Morgan Tuck (Connecticut 2016) 1.16

Also, Tina Charles led the league in points per game (at 21.5 just percentage points ahead of Elena Delle Donne) and rebounding (9.9 per game). She joins Maya Moore and five-time champion Diana Taurasi as only former Huskies to lead the WNBA in scoring. It is the fourth time Charles won the WNBA rebounding title breaking Lisa Leslie's league record. She joins Chamique Holdsclaw as only players in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in the same season as Holdsclaw accomplished the feat in 2002. With Sue Bird leading the league with an average of 5.8 assists per game, it is the first time in WNBA history that the regular-season leaders in points, rebounds and assists per game played at the same college. They also both happened to attend the same high school (Christ the King in Middle Village, N.Y.). By the way, so did Holdsclaw which may be the most remarkable aspect of all of this.

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