Breanna Stewart’s national profile expanded again Wednesday when she was named to the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team. She is joined by Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride, Baylor’s Odyssey Sims, Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas and Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike
Stewart, the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is the seventh Husky selected as a Wooden Award All-American since the team’s inception in 2004. Maya Moore is the only former UConn player to earn the honor multiple times (four). Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery and Diana Taurasi also received the honor.
Stewart was a unanimous pick to the Associated Press first team on Monday. She leads the Huskies in scoring (19.4) and is second in rebounding (8.1). Her 738 points are fourth most in program history in a single season and represent the second-highest total by a sophomore since Maya Moore netted 754 in 2009-10. Stewart also leads UConn with 106 blocks on the season, helping UConn set a new NCAA single-season team record for rejections with 313.
Entering Sunday’s national semifinal against Stanford, Stewart is averaging 17.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game in the NCAA Tournament. She has hit a team-high 16 of 19 free throw attempts in that span.
The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced as part of the 38th annual Wooden Award Gala the weekend of April 10-12 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The event will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer.