— Saturday wasn't the first time the UConn women's basketball team has had three All-Americans in one season.
In 2009, Tina Charles, Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery all made what was then the State Farm/Kodak All-America team. In 2002, Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diana Taurasi received similar honors. Both of those UConn teams won national titles.
"It is a big deal," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "I remember when it happened in 2002 with Sue, Swin and Dee. Sometimes it takes something like that to have the kind of magical year you're having. You win and you beat a lot of really good teams, and it doesn't happen by accident."
It was Dolson's second straight year on the 10-player team. Hartley was on the team in 2012 as a sophomore. And it was Stewart's first time.
"Walking out there, hearing your team cheer for you and all the fans, having your family be there ... that's cool," Stewart said. "Just to experience this with Bri and Stef, that's a great, great honor for all three of us.
"It was great for them, especially, to get the All-America honors because they're seniors, to send them out on a high now."
Stewart was also named the Associated Press Player of the Year Saturday, and Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw was named AP Coach of the Year. Stewart became only the third sophomore (joining Maya Moore and Oklahoma's Courtney Paris) to receive the award and the eighth UConn player.
"It's a great reflection of our program and the University of Connecticut," Auriemma said. "Mostly it's the hard work Stewie has put into the game, how much she has improved from last year. You could make a case for Chiney [Ogwumike of Stanford]. You could make a case for [Baylor's] Odyssey Sims.
"But in the end, it's hard to find somebody who's had the type of season Stewie's had all-around. And she's so young. So much pressure on her, given what she did at the Final Four last year. It's not easy for her."
Stewart, who leads UConn in scoring (19.4) and is second in rebounding (8.1), was the Final Four MVP last year.
"It's nice, but it's a team game and we want to win a national championship," Stewart said of her second honor of the day. "Whenever you see something like this, you know you're making progress. It kind of lights a fire under you to keep working harder."
Undefeated Notre Dame, which will play Maryland in the first NCAA semifinal Sunday, had two players on the WBCA team — Jewell Loyd and Kayla McBride. Ogwumike, Sims, Nebraska's Jordan Hooper, South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell and Maryland's Alyssa Thomas were the other members.
Hartley, who injured her ankle before last season and struggled until the NCAA tournament, was happy to make the team after a year's hiatus.
"All of us have really big dreams when you come here," Hartley said. "And the kind of standard that UConn has, you want to buy into that, and you want to become that. The fact that I was able to come out here and be an All-American, especially my senior year, is awesome. I'm glad me and Stef were able to do it together."
"I'm really proud of Bria," Auriemma said. "For her to go through what she did last year and then to come back and have the kind of year she had, that's pretty telling about what kind of character Bria has."