A day after the top-ranked and unbeaten Connecticut women's basketball defeated Texas A&M (69-54) and earned their 15th trip to the Final Four, the national accolades started to roll in. On Tuesday, all five UConn starters were named as AP All-Americans. This marks the second time this has happened for the Huskies, the first since 2002.
Sophomore sensation Breanna Stewart was a unanimous pick for the First Team. Seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley were named to the Second Team. Junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and sophomore Moriah Jefferson were recognized with Honorable Mention honors.
Stewart averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game during the season. Stewart did struggle with her shot during this past weekend's Lincoln Regional, but ended with 13 points in Monday night's regional final win in Lincolon, Neb. Stewart, the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is a finalist for many of the National Player of the Year Awards.
Dolson (12.4 points and 9.2 rebounds) and Hartley (16.3 points) earned Second Team All-Americans honors. The pair had 14 points against Texas A&M.
Dolson, the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, has been a steady player for the Huskies in her final campaign. Defensively, she recorded a career high eight block shots against the Aggies to go along with 10 rebounds.
Mosqueda-Lewis is playing extremely well at the right time and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Lincoln Regional scoring a game-high 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds.. The sharp shooting three-point assassin struggled with consistency for most of the season. Mosqueda-Lewis missed games due to an arm injury and mononucleosis. However, she has been stellar in the NCAA Tournament. She recorded a triple-double in the Huskies win against St. Joseph's in the second round and a double-double in the Sweet 16 win against BYU.
Jefferson (10.2 points) has been able to run the UConn offense with relative ease. Defenses often lay off her and sometimes forget about her. She leads the Huskies in field goal percentage (58.2%) and the speedy guard has been able to outhustle her opponents. Last night, it was her quickness that was vital in the Huskies victory.
Stewart, Dolson, Hartley, and Jefferson were members of the American Athletic Conference First Team. Dolson was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Mosqueda-Lewis was named to the AAC Second Team.
All five UConn starters have averaged double figures in points scored and are entering their seventh straight Final Four with an unbeaten record for the fifth time in program history. The Huskies are looking to repeat as National Champions and win their ninth title in Nashville.