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UConn WBB Weekly: Appreciating Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart

Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart led the Seattle Storm to another WNBA title on Tuesday night, further cementing themselves as two of the greatest ever to play the sport.

WNBA: Finals-Las Vegas Aces at Seattle Storm Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

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Tiffany Hayes playing with Katie Lou Samuelson this winter

After sitting out the 2020 WNBA season, Tiffany Hayes is returning to the basketball court in Spain with a familiar face. According to her Instagram, Hayes signed with CB Avenida in Spain, joining former UConn star Katie Lou Samuelson and her sister, Karlie.

The European basketball season will begin soon with at least nine former Huskies playing abroad. Along with Hayes and Samuelson, Batouly Camara is also playing in Spain with CB Bembibre. Elsewhere, Napheesa Collier signed on with Hatay Büyükşehir Belediyespor, Megan Walker and Gabby Williams will both suit up for Sopron Basket in Hungary, Kyla Irwin is on SNP Bascats USC in Germany, Evelyn Adebayo is in Belgium with Phantoms Boom and Natalie Butler is with Pas Ioannina in Greece.

Azura Stevens will not play overseas after she underwent left knee surgery in late September and Bria Hartley is also out after tearing her ACL during the WNBA season.


Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart Appreciation

Note to readers: Instead of the standard story that you normally find in the Weekly, we’ve dedicated this space to Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart this week to highlight all of their tremendous accomplishments.

First, a list of championship won by Sue Bird (h/t @ByTimReynolds):

  • 1995 Empire State Games
  • 1997 New York City HS
  • 1997 New York State HS
  • 1998 New York City HS
  • 1998 New York State HS
  • 1998 High School National
  • 1999 Big East Tournament
  • 2000 Big East Tournament
  • 2000 NCAA Tournament
  • 2000 Jones Cup
  • 2001 Big East Tournament
  • 2002 Big East Tournament
  • 2002 NCAA Tournament
  • 2002 World Challenge
  • 2002 Worlds
  • 2004 WNBA Finals
  • 2004 Olympic Gold Medal
  • 2007 Russian League
  • 2007 EuroLeague
  • 2007 FIBA Americas
  • 2008 Russian League
  • 2008 EuroLeague
  • 2008 Olympic Gold Medal
  • 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball
  • 2009 EuroLeague
  • 2009 Ekaterinburg Invitational
  • 2010 EuroLeague
  • 2010 WNBA Finals
  • 2010 Worlds
  • 2012 Russian League
  • 2012 Olympic Gold Medal
  • 2013 Russian League
  • 2014 Russian League
  • 2014 Worlds
  • 2016 Olympic Gold Medal
  • 2018 WNBA Finals
  • 2020 WNBA Finals
WNBA: Finals-Las Vegas Aces at Seattle Storm Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Now for Breanna Stewart’s accomplishments. Remember, she’s only 26 (h/t Matt Ellentuck):

  • 2013 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 2013 NCAA Champion
  • 2014 College National Player of the Year
  • 2014 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 2014 NCAA Champion
  • 2015 College National Player of the Year
  • 2015 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 2015 NCAA Champion
  • 2016 College National Player of the Year
  • 2016 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 2016 NCAA Champion
  • 2016 All-Rookie First Team
  • 2016 All-Defensive Second Team
  • 2016 All-WNBA Second Team
  • 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year
  • 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • 2017 WNBA All-Star
  • 2018 FIBA World Cup MVP
  • 2018 All-WNBA First Team
  • 2018 WNBA All-Star
  • 2018 WNBA MVP
  • 2018 Finals MVP
  • 2018 WNBA champion
  • 2019 EuroLeague regular season MVP
  • 2020 WNBA All-Defensive Team
  • 2020 WNBA Finals MVP
  • 2020 WNBA champion
WNBA: Finals-Las Vegas Aces at Seattle Storm Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Gallery

The best celebration photos from Bird, Stewart and Tuck:

Best of social media

Lots of Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart appreciation this week after the two helped the Seattle Storm capture the 2020 WNBA Championship:

History Corner

UConn runs the WNBA (but we knew this):