« Women’s Basketball 2015-16

Breanna Stewart

School

University of Connecticut

Position
Forward
Major
Individualized; sport in society

Classroom

A member of the UConn Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List during the fall 2014 semester, Stewart has declared as an individualized major of sport in society. The North Syracuse, N.Y., native contributed to the Huskies being honored with the American Athletic Conference Excellence Award for achieving the highest GPA of any women’s basketball team in the league and was honored as a Academic All-America Second Team selection by CoSida.

Character

From Associate Head Coach Chris Dailey: “Breanna is one of the most humble people I have ever met. She handles herself with a lot of grace and humility, and she is well-liked by her teammates. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and enjoys practical jokes and that sort of thing. Each year she has taken on more and more responsibility and certainly is a leader when we need things to happen on the court. She has now expanded that and has taken on a more serious leadership role of the court because we need her to.”

Community

Stewart and the team participated in many community service endeavors including helping volunteers at a local shelter stock donations on shelves during the holiday season and taking part in the Thanksgiving Food Drive, which benefited the Hockanum Valley Community Council. The team also volunteered at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Christmas Party, where they colored, played games and danced with the child campers who are terminally ill. The team visited the Immanuel House, which is a senior housing facility in the Hartford Community where they played games, shared stories and interacted with the residents. 

The Huskies participated in the Autism Walk in East Hartford, Conn., to raise awareness for autism and also visited Windham Middle School where they visited with high-achieving students to discuss the importance of nutrition and physical activity. Additionally, the team visited the CT Children’s Medical Center where they spent time with youth patients in the Hematology/Oncology ward, playing games and doing creative activities.

Competition

A three-time first-team All-American and two-time consensus National Player of the Year, Stewart became the first player in the history of the sport to accumulate at least 400 blocks and 400 assists. She entered this year’s Final Four with a school-record 411 rejections and had surpassed the mark established by Rebecca Lobo, which had stood for over 20 years.

Stewart is one of only two Huskies in the 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club and has displayed the ability to take her game to another level during postseason play. She earned the American Athletic Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player award twice and became the only player in NCAA history to be selected as the Final Four Most Outstanding Player three times. In fact, no other player in the history of the tournament had been selected as the Final Four MOP more than twice. She recently was honored as the Bridgeport Regional MOP, earning her third-career Regional MOP selection. 

The American Athletic Conference Player of the Year in each of her final three seasons in Storrs, Stewart entered the 2016 Final Four seeking to lead the Huskies to an unprecedented fourth-straight national championship and has already helped lead UConn to six conference titles.