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Four Huskies Earn Spot on Wooden Award Pre-season award top 30 list.

POSTED October 24, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


LOS ANGELES - Four University of Connecticut women’s basketball team standouts, Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, have each earned a spot on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-30 List as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Wednesday, October 23.  The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women’s basketball media members

UConn led all programs with four selections to the 30-member list.  Recently, all four student-athletes earned preseason accolades from the American Athletic Conference as Stewart was honored as the Preseason Player of the Year while Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis joined her on the Preseason First Team.  Hartley earned Honorable Mention status. 

Players not chosen to the preseason team are eligible for both the midseason team and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.

Dolson, a 2012-13 WBCA/State Farm All-America selection, enters her senior year with 1,299 career points and is fourth on UConn's all-time field goal percentage list at 59.8 percent.  A 2013 First Team All-Big East selection, Dolson has been selected to the All-Big East Tournament team in each of her three years in Storrs and was an NCAA Tournament All-Region Team pick in each of the last two seasons.  Dolson also was honored as an All-American by the United States Basketball Writers and earned All-America Third Team honors from the Associated Press last year.

Hartley, a 2011-12 WBCA/State Farm All-America selection, was a 2013 All-NCAA Tournament Team selection after averaging 9.2 points per game.  A 2012-13 Honorable Mention All-Big East selection Hartley enters her senior year with 1,347 career points in 113 games played.  The 2011 Big East Rookie of the Year has been named to the Wade Trophy Watch List in each of the last three years.

   

Mosqueda-Lewis was only the fifth UConn sophomore to be selected as a WBCA/StateFarmAll-American in 2012-13 after establishing a new school record with 118 made 3-point field goals.  She enters her junior year with 1,239 career points and is third all-time at UConn in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.8 percent.  After leading the country in 3-point field goal percentage last year (49.2 percent) the Anaheim Hills, Calif. native was also selected as an All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association and earned second-team honors by the Associated Press.     

   

Stewart averaged 13.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in her rookie season. 

An Honorable Mention All-Big East selection, Stewart took off during the postseason and was honored as the 2013 Bridgeport Regional Most Outstanding Player in addition to being honored as only the fourth freshman ever to be selected as the MOP of the Final Four.  A 2013 All-Big East Tournament pick, Stewart averaged 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 56.3 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from long-range during five NCAA Tournament games.  The Syracuse, N.Y. native is only the third UConn Husky ever, along with Diana Taurasi (2003 and 2004) and Maya Moore (2010), to be honored as the MOP of the NCAA Regional and Final Four.

The ACC led all conferences with nine selections, followed by the Pac-12 and newly formed American Athletic Conference with five; the SEC with four; the Big 12 and Big Ten with three; and Conference USA with one. In addition to Connecticut, five other schools had multiple players chosen: Duke (Elizabeth Williams, Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston); California (Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon); Notre Dame (Kayla McBride, Natalie Achonwa); Tennessee (Bashaara Graves, Meighan Simmons); and North Carolina (Diamond DeShields, Xylina McDaniel).

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