Thursday, April 03, 2014
2013-14 WBCA DI DPOTY finalists
Today UConn All-American Sr. C Stefanie Dolson was selected as one of three finalists for WBCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year Award, presented by the United States Marine Corps. Joining Dolson as finalists for the honor are Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims. The Defensive Player of the Year award honors the best defensive collegiate Division I women's basketball player. All Division I conference defensive players of the year are eligible to be nominated for the award. A selection committee makes the final decision on the winner. Dolson has anchored a UConn defense that leads the country in opponents field goal percentage (30.7 percent) and points allowed (47.4 ppg), both of which approach NCAA single-season records. She is fourth all-time at UConn in blocked shots and swatted a career-high 8 shots in UConn’s Regional Final victory over Texas A&M on March 31 a game in which she tied Stanford's Kayla Pedersen for all-time starts in NCAA DI WCBB history with 150 starts and UConn as a team set the NCAA DI record for blocked shots in a single season with 311 (Baylor 310, 2011-12, 40 games). The 2013-14 American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Sportsmanship Award winner, she enters the Final Four averaging 12.4ppg and leading the team in rebounding with 9.2rpg to go along with 127 assists. Defensively she has 89 blocks and 38 steals on the season. Dolson also boasts the distinction of joining Kara Wolters as the only two Huskies to four-peat as conference All-Tournament selections. To top the list, the senior recorded just the program’s second triple-double against Oregon on Nov. 20, 2013. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. CT Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®.