Breanna Stewart was named the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I women’s basketball Friday, becoming the fourth Husky to earn the distinction.
She joins Sue Bird (2002), Maya Moore (2011) and Stefanie Dolson (2014) in the elite company.
Stewart and senior guard Moriah Jefferson were selected as Senior CLASS Award first team All-Americans.
Hours after that announcement came another: Stewart and Jefferson were U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-Americans, as chosen by the membership. It was the second selection for Jefferson and third for Stewart on the 10-member team.
On Feb. 27, Jefferson joined Jennifer Rizzotti as the only Huskies to get 600 career assists and 300 career steals. With 647 career assists, Jefferson is just two from passing Diana Taurasi (648) to become the all-time UConn leader.
Last week, Stewart was named NCAA Bridgeport Regional Most Outstanding Player. Through four games in the NCAA Tournament, she is averaging 20.5 points and 12 rebounds.
The Senior CLASS Award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given to the most outstanding senior student athlete in Division I women’s basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition. The name is an acronym forCelebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.
“Being recognized as the Senior CLASS Award winner is an unbelievable honor because it highlights more than just my on-the-court skills,” Stewart said in a press release. “Since I arrived on campus, I’ve grown in a number of ways, but the biggest one is finding the joy and satisfaction in helping others, whether it is my teammates or people I don’t know through various community service activities. Beyond UConn and beyond basketball, I hope one day to create my own non-profit organization.”
Stewart has helped lead UConn to three consecutive titles and is the first player in NCAA women’s history to earn three Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors. UConn continues its quest for an unprecedented fourth title in a row on Sunday night vs. Oregon State in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.