Stewart, Mosqueda-Lewis and Jefferson on Naismith Mid-Season Top 30 list.
STORRS, Conn. – A trio of University of Connecticut women’s basketball standouts, Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas), were named to the Naismith Midseason Top-30 List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is awarded annually to the men’s and women’s college basketball players of the year. The voting academy bases its criteria on player performance throughout the season.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors has narrowed the 50 pre-season watch list down to a midseason team comprised of 30 candidate. From there, four finalists will be selected to the final ballot in March.
The Naismith Award winner will be announced on April 6, 2015.
Last season, Stewart became the sixth Husky player to win the trophy and also became just the seventh player in history of the women’s game to win the prestigious award in both high school and college.
In total, the program boasts eight total Naismith Trophy wins, more than any other school, including seven in the past 13 years.
Jefferson, who is averaging 11.5 points in 26.8 minutes per game this season, has been one of the Huskies’ most consistent scoring options in In total, she ranks first on the team in assists (110) and steals (57) and is one of seven Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (56.0).
She provided a spark in UConn’s 87-62 victory over No. 1 South Carolina on Monday night, notching 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go along with a game-high six assists.
Jefferson’s 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals game averages are top in the American Athletic Conference.
Stewart has turned in a team-best 16.4 points per game average and ranks in the top-10 in the American Athletic Conference in field goal percentage (.526), assists per game (3.1), steals per game (1.7), and blocks per game (2.2).
She currently stands at No. 16 on the Huskies’ all-time scoring list with 1,667 points and also ranks sixth all-time in total blocks (237).
Mosqueda-Lewis, who owns the program record with 349 made 3-point field goals, led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting against the Gamecocks on Monday night.
The senior forward ranks ninth on the Huskies’ all-time scoring list with 1,945 points and leads the country with a .518 shooting percentage from beyond the arc this season.
Her 3.1 made 3-point field goals per game ranks first in The American and KML also stands at sixth overall in the conference in total scoring at 14.4 points per gam