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Stewart, Williams earn weekly AAC Awards.

POSTED December 22, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After a pair of resounding victories over DePaul and UCLA, University of Connecticut women’s basketball junior forward Breanna Stewart was tabbed as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, while freshman guard Gabby Williams was selected as the league’s Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday.

For Stewart, it marks her second Player of the Week nod this season after receiving the honor on Nov. 24. The 2013-14 AP National Player of the Year matched her season-high with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting against the Blue Demons on Friday night at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.

She followed up the performance with a 22-point, five-block showing against UCLA on Sunday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

This season, she leads the Huskies with 18.0 ppg and is one of six Connecticut players shooting over 50.0 percent from the field (52.6). She has posted four games with at least 20 points and now has registered at least 20 points in 33 of 85 career games.

The Syracuse, N.Y. native stands at No. 23 on UConn’s all-time scoring list, (1,436), moving past Tamika Williams (1999-02), Chris Gedney (1978-81) and Peggy Walsh (1983-86) over the weekend. Next up on the list is Kalana Green (2006-10) with 1,444.

Williams takes home the honor after posting a breakout game against No. 25 DePaul on Friday night, setting career highs in points (14), made field goals (6) and rebounds (7). She continued her strong stretch of play with a 12-point, seven-rebound effort against the Bruins.

She has been a valuable asset off the bench for 30th-year head coach Geno Auriemma, averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game. Her 68.2 shooting percentage is tops on the Husky squad.

Overall, the Huskies have now garnered three Player of the Week accolades and have earned two Freshman of the Week honors.

Connecticut (8-1) returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 27 when it opens conference play against SMU at the XL Center. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. on SNY. 

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