Today UConn So. F Breanna Stewart was named to the 2013-14 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team as announced by the Los Angeles Athletics Club. Voting by college basketball media members from throughout the nation took place March 12-25, which allowed voters to take into account the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The All-American Team is comprised of the five student-athletes who received the highest point total over that period. All players must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible. The 5 members of this years John R. Wooden Award All-American Team are also the 5 finalists for the 2013-14 John R. Wooden Award. The winner of the 2013-14 John R. Wooden Award will be announced as part of the 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s weekend April 10-12, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The event will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer.
The American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Stewart becomes the seventh Husky selected as a Wooden Award All-American since the team’s inception in 2004. Former UConn star Maya Moore is the only Husky to earn the honor on multiple occasions after making the team in every one of her distinguished four years at Connecticut. Stewart joins Moore, Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery and Diana Taurasi as UConn players to receive the honor. A unanimous AP First Team All-American selection, Stewart leads the Huskies with 19.4 points per game and ranks second on the UConn roster in rebounding with 8.1 boards per contest. Her 738 points this season are fourth most in program history and represent the second highest total by a sophomore since Maya Moore netted 754 in 2009-10. Stewart not only delivers on the offensive end, but the 6-4 forward leads the squad with 106 blocks on the season, helping UConn set a new NCAA single-season team record for rejections with 313.
2013-14 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team:
Sr. G Kayla McBride, Notre Dame
Sr. F Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Sr. G Odyssey Sims, Baylor
So. F Breanna Stewart, Connecticut
Sr. F Alyssa Thomas, Maryland