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Huskies Nominated in Five ESPY Categories

UConn is well-represented among the nominees for this year's ESPY Awards.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

The ESPY nominees have been announced with Breanna Stewart and Geno Auriemma both nominated in two categories, while the women's basketball team as a whole is up for an award as well.

Auriemma is in contention for the "Best Record-Breaking Performance" and "Best Coach" categories. Geno won his 11th National Championship to pass John Wooden's record of 10 at UCLA. He is also the first head coach to win four consecutive championships since Wooden.

He was also nominated for "Best Coach" after leading the Huskies to another undefeated season, finishing at 38-0 with a 31-point win over Syracuse in the national championship. Of the Huskies' 38 wins, only four were less than 20 and all of them came by more than 10 points.

As for his players, Breanna Stewart, recently drafted by the Seattle Storm No. 1 overall, received two nominations: "Best Female Athlete" and "Best Female College Athlete".

In her senior season at UConn, Stewart shot 57.9% from the field, including 42.6% from three-point range. She also hit 83.6% of her free throws and brought down 8.7 rebounds per game while scoring 19.4 points per game. She also had 126 blocks on the season. Stewie was a unanimous first-team All-American, won the Naismith Trophy, and also took home AP Player of the Year honors in addition to Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

The 2015-'16 team, after their fourth consecutive national championship and 38-0 season, is nominated for "Best Team", along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Kansas City Royals, Denver Broncos, Alabama Crimson Tide football and Villanova Wildcats men's basketball.

Former Huskies Tina Charles and Maya Moore were also nominated in the "Best WNBA Player" category.

Fans can vote for all of the categories here.