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Stewart and Jefferson up for Senior CLASS award. The press release.

POSTED January 19, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – University of Connecticut seniors Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) and Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) have been selected as two of 30 student-athletes to be considered for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in women’s college basketball, as announced on Tuesday.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Three former Husky greats, Sue Bird in 2002, Maya Moore in 2011 and Stefanie Dolson in 2014, have been honored as the Senior CLASS Award winner.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Among the 60 candidates, all are in excellent academic standing with 10 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Five of this year’s candidates were 2014-15 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans®, and 20 returned to the court this season after receiving All-America honors for their performance a year ago.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four®.

Stewart has a team-best 19.5 points per game average and ranks in the top-10 in the American Athletic Conference in rebounding (8.3), field goal percentage (58.0), assists per game (3.9), free throw percentage (79.7), three-point field goal percentage (45.7) and blocks per game (3.1). She currently stands third on the Huskies’ all-time scoring list with 2,252 points and at No. 3 all-time in total blocks (335). On Dec. 9, she became the only player in NCAA history to reach the 300-block, 300-assist plateau. The North Syracuse native also checks in at sixth all-time with 980 rebounds.

Jefferson, who is averaging 13.2 points in 31.8 minutes per game this season, continues to be one of UConn’s most consistent scoring options. In total, she leads the team in assists (83) and steals (38) and is one of six Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (54.5). Jefferson’s 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game averages stand second in The American. She currently has 538 career assists and 296 career steals. She is on her way to becoming only the third Husky to record 500 assists and 300 steals. She delivered 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with five assists and two steals in UConn’s 104-49 victory over Temple.

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