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Breanna Stewart wins Wooden Award. UConn Press Release.

POSTED April 11, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney



Breanna Stewart wrapped up a day of awards by being named the AP Player of the Year on Media Day at the Final Four in Tampa. UConn is in the final after beating Maryland 81-58.

Los Angeles (April 10, 2015)—UConn women’s basketball standout Breanna Stewart has been selected as the winner of the 2015 John R. Wooden Award as announced by Los Angeles Athletic Club on Friday evening in Los Angeles.  Stewart was presented with the prestigious honor by LA Athletic Club President Steve Hathaway and Hall of Famer Ann Meyers Drysdale as part of the inaugural ESPN College Basketball Awards Show. 

Teammate Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was selected to the five-member Wooden All-America Team, which was also announced on Friday.  The Anaheim Hills, Calif. native also earned a spot on the USBWA and WBCA All-America Teams and was honored as a Second Team All-American by the Associated Press.

Mosqueda-Lewis averaged 14.9 points per game and led the country in three-point field goal shooting at 48.8 percent.  She established a new NCAA record for three-point field goals made in UConn’s NCAA Regional Final win over Dayton and ended her career with a record total of 398 career treys.

Stewart is the third Husky to win a total of four Wooden Awards, joining Maya Moore (2009 and 2011) and Tina Charles (2010) as previous winners.   

The North Syracuse, N.Y. native averaged 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and also earned national player of the year honors from the Associated Press, WBCA (Wade Trophy), Atlanta Tip-Off Club (Naismith Trophy) and USBWA (Ann Meyers Drysdale Award). 

Mosqueda-Lewis and Stewart led the Huskies to their third-straight national championship, including their third in-a-row.  UConn posted a 38-1 record en route to winning the American Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament championships.  Mosqueda-Lewis was selected as the league tournament and Albany Regional Most Outstanding Player while Stewart earned Final Four MOP honors for the third-consecutive year.

Voting took place from March 12 through 25, allowing voters to take into account play through the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. Voters are national women’s college basketball experts who ranked 15 balloted players, and Stewart recorded the highest point total. All players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA, an important component of the Award insisted upon by Coach Wooden.

Voters ranked players from five through one. Stewart received 469 points, followed by Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame with 440, Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina with 296, Nina Davis of Baylor with 239 and Mosqueda-Lewis with 234. All five players are Wooden Award All Americans for 2015.

The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year was announced as part of a weekend-long celebration of college basketball at the Los Angeles Athletic Club and ESPN’s inaugural College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s. The events honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and includes the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Steve Fisher of San Diego State. 

About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike won the 2014 John R. Wooden Award. 

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship funds in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club tomorrow.

Follow the candidates and get the latest news throughout the season by logging on to www.WoodenAward.com, following us on Twitter (@WoodenAward), or going to the Wooden Award facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WoodenAward.  For more information on the John R. Wooden Award, please contact the Wooden Award staff at 213-630-5231 or via email at woodenaward@laac.net.

 Women’s John R. Wooden Award All-Time Winners 

Year

Player

School

     

2015

Breanna Stewart

University of Connecticut

2014

Chiney Ogwumike

Stanford University

2013

Brittney Griner

Baylor University

2012

Brittney Griner

Baylor University

2011

Maya Moore

University of Connecticut

2010

Tina Charles

University of Connecticut

2009

Maya Moore

University of Connecticut

2008

Candace Parker

University of Tennessee

2007

Candace Parker

University of Tennessee

2006

Seimone Augustus

Louisiana State University

2005

Seimone Augustus

Louisiana State University

2004

Alana Beard

Duke University

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