ST. LOUIS — After helping the UConn women’s basketball program to its eighth-straight Final Four appearance, three Husky standouts, Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.), were named as 2014-15 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women’s All-Americans, as selected by the entire association membership on Tuesday.
In total, UConn boasts 27 USWBA All-America selections by 16 players. Mosqueda-Lewis and Stewart each earned their second career nods to the squad, becoming the sixth and seventh different Husky players to receive multiple USWBA All-America honors.
Stewart, who was one of three Huskies on the All-America team a season ago, is fresh off a selection as the Albany Regional’s Most Outstanding Player. The junior forward was one of three Huskies to surpass the 20-point plateau (23) in Connecticut’s 91-70 win over Dayton on Monday night. Stewart, named as one of four finalists for the 2015 Naismith Trophy on March 20, earned her second-straight All-Region I Team selection last week. Additionally, she was named as the 2014-15 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year earlier this month.
Mosqueda-Lewis, who last earned USBWA All-America honors in the 2012-13 campaign, became the NCAA’s all-time leader in made three point field goals (395) after connecting on seven against the Flyers. The Husky senior was one of three UConn players named to the All-Regional squad. She became the eighth member of UConn’s 2,000-point club when she notched 21 points against Memphis on Senior Day (Feb. 28).
Jefferson, one of five finalists for the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award, became the first Husky since Kelly Faris in 2012-13 to earn the conference’s Most Improved Player accolade when she earned the distinction on March 6 . The guard has enjoyed a stellar junior campaign, averaging 12.3 points in 28.2 minutes per game. In total, she ranks first on the team in assists (181) and steals (91) and is one of six Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (59.5). She provided a spark in UConn’s 87-62 victory over No. 1 South Carolina on Feb. 9, notching 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go along with a game-high six assists.
In addition to their All-American selections, Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis were tabbed as finalists for the 2015 Wooden Award.
The USBWA Women’s All-America Team is the nation’s best ten players, regardless of position, as selected by the USBWA membership based on regular-season performance. These ten standouts are finalists for the USBWA’s Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the national player of the year, which will be announced Sunday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
Following is the complete 2014-15 USBWA Women’s All-America Team:
|2014-15 USBWA WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICA TEAM|
|Nina Davis, Baylor||F||5-11||So.||Memphis, Tenn.|
|Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut||G||5-7||Jr.||Glenn Heights, Texas|
|Samantha Logic, Iowa||G||5-9||Jr.||Racine, Wis.|
|Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame||G||5-10||Jr.||Lincolnwood, Ill.|
|Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State||G||5-8||Fr.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina||G||5-9||Jr.||Charlotte, N.C.|
|Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut||F||5-11||Sr.||Anaheim Hills, Calif.|
|Breanna Stewart, Connecticut||F||6-4||Jr.||North Syracuse, N.Y.|
|Elizabeth Williams, Duke||C/F||6-3||Sr.||Virginia Beach, Va.|
|Amanda Zahiu B., Minnesota||C||6-5||So.||Stockholm, Sweden|
|By conference: American Athletic (3); Big Ten (3); ACC (2); Big 12 (1) SEC (1).|
|By class: Seniors (2); Juniors (5); Sophomores (2); Freshmen (1).|