UConn's Breanna Stewart 5th player to win multiple Wade Trophies
INDIANAPOLIS -- UConn's Breanna Stewart won the Wade Trophy for the second time and joined her Huskies teammates Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck on the WBCA All-American team Saturday.
Named for former Delta State coach Margaret Wade, the Wade Trophy is considered the women's basketball version of football's Heisman Trophy. Stewart also won the Wade last year and became the fifth person to win it more than once.
Former UConn star Maya Moore is the only three-time winner. The others who have won it twice are Old Dominion's Nancy Lieberman, LSU's Seimone Augustus and Baylor's Brittney Griner.
"There's a big storyline behind it and a lot that's represented in that trophy," Stewart said of Wade's three AIAW titles in the 1970s and her influence on women's basketball. "When you win that, you want to make sure you represent all of that."
The WBCA All-America team dates back to 1975. Stewart was named to the 10-member squad for the third time. It was Jefferson's second time on the team and Tuck's first.
"It definitely feels good to get that and have that be up on the wall," said Tuck, a redshirt junior whom many expect to finish her college career at the Women's Final Four along with Stewart and Jefferson, who are seniors.
Jefferson was also named the WBCA defensive player of the year.
"I think Moriah is by far the best defensive player," Tuck said. "She can disrupt anybody, no matter how many points they usually average."
The other members of the WBCA All-American team are Baylor's Nina Davis, Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell, Washington's Kelsey Plum, Notre Dame's Brianna Turner, Oregon State's Jamie Weisner, South Florida's Courtney Williams and South Carolina's A'ja Wilson. Turner and Wilson, both sophomores, are the youngest of the group.
Wilson was SEC player of the year and defensive player of the year this season, and she said she is looking forward to a productive summer. She's still lamenting the No. 1 seed Gamecocks' loss to Syracuse in the Sweet 16 but is also very optimistic about next season.
"I've been thinking about a lot of things," Wilson said. "I wish my team was here, but it's good to represent South Carolina here. This summer is going to be hard, but a good hard. Summers are very important for development, and this one is going to be very key for me in terms of expanding my game. That's something I'm very excited to do."