PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After helping lead the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team to wins over No. 1 South Carolina and conference foe Tulane over the past week, junior guard Moriah Jefferson was honored as both the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week and the espnW National Player of the week, as announced on Monday morning.
The Husky point guard averaged 16.0 points on 68.4 percent shooting in the Huskies’ 2-0 week, dishing out 11 assists against only one turnover. The Glenn Heights, Texas native was nearly unstoppable from beyond the arc, converting on 71.4 percent from three-point range.
Jefferson, who is averaging 11.7 points in 26.8 minutes per game this season, has been one of the Huskies’ most consistent scoring options in In total, she ranks first on the team in assists (115) and steals (61) and is one of seven Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (56.2). 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.
Jefferson’s 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals game averages are top in the American Athletic Conference.
Last week, she was selected to the Wooden Award Late Season Top-20 List as well as the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top-30 list. Additionally, the guard is among 31 candidates on the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List.
In total, UConn has earned five conference Player of the Week accolades and five Freshman of the Week nods.
Jefferson and the Huskies return to the court on Tuesday, Feb. 1 when they host Houston at the XL Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on SNY.