Stewart, Hartley on Dawn Staley Watch List

On a powerhouse team like Connecticut, there’s bound to be more than just one superstar. This season, Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley are shining the brightest among a glittering field. They’ve led the Huskies to the No. 1 spot in the nation, with a 22-0 overall record and a 9-0 record in the American Athletic Conference.

In December, UConn picked up a huge 83-61 win over Duke in the Jimmy V Classic. Stewart and Hartley were standouts in that game, and both women have recently attracted national attention.

Stewart and Hartley have been named to the 16-player 2014 Dawn Staley Award Watch List. The Dawn Staley Award was established in 2013 by the Phoenix Club of Philadelphia to recognize the nation’s best guard in women’s Division I college basketball. Given annually, it’s awarded to the player who best exemplifies the skills Staley—a basketball hall of fame player and coach—was known for during her playing career, including ball-handling, scoring, and her ability to distribute the basketball.

Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame was last year’s inaugural winner. The 2014 award will be announced during Final Four weekend, and the award ceremony will take place in Philadelphia in April.

Stewart, a 6-4 sophomore, is averaging 19.5 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. Hartley, a 5-8 senior, averages 15.5 points and 4.8 assists a game.