UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart took her place among the all-time greats in women's basketball history Tuesday when she was named a unanimous selection to the Associated Press All-America team.
But she is just one of five UConn starters to earn some type of All-America designation.
Seniors Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson made the second team. Sophomore Moriah Jefferson and junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, a preseason All-American choice, were recognized with honorable mention.
This is the second time in program history that five Huskies have earned All-American recognition in one season. In 2001-02 Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Asjha Jones and Tamika Williams, considered by some the greatest starting five in the history of the sport, were All-Americans on the way to winning the first of three consecutive national championships.
"I know we live in a day and age where whatever you did yesterday was the greatest thing that's ever happened in the history of world, because everybody tells you on social media," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Hey, did you see what happened? That's the greatest ever. Nothing like that has ever happened before. But when you've been through it like we have, I never like to say that about any of my teams because it's OK what other people say. I think it's flattering and it's admirable that they would say that about our players.
"I coached a team in 2002 that had four guys that were on the Olympic team. Two of them started for the last couple of Olympics. So you don't want to put that on anybody. I don't know that anybody is ready to compare [Moriah Jefferson] and Bria Hartley to Sue and D. That's not fair to Bria and that's not fair to [Moriah].
"I just like the fact that I think we have the best starting five in the country this year and I'll leave it at that."
Stewart, the American Athletic Conference player of the year, is UConn's 17th first-team All-American but first since Maya Moore in the 2010-11. Stewart leads the Huskies in scoring (19.4) and is second to Dolson in rebounding (8.1). She also leads the team with 106 blocks, helping UConn set an NCAA single-season record for rejections with 313.
Hartley bounced back from an ankle injury that hampered her junior season. She is averaging 16.3 points with 166 assists. On Feb. 19 she got her 500th rebound to join Moore and Taurasi as the only players in program history with at least 1,500 points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds.
Dolson, the 2013-14 American Conference defensive player of the year and sportsmanship award winner, averages 12.4 points and 9.2 rebounds. She has 1,770 career points and joins Tina Charles, Moore, Rebecca Lobo and Jamelle Elliott as the only UConn players with at least 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
Jefferson has been UConn's breakout player. Her 99 steals and 184 assists lead the team. Her assists-to-turnover ratio (2.9) ranks 12th in Division I and is on pace to eclipse numbers posted by some of UConn's most accomplished point guards in their sophomore seasons. Jefferson averages 10.2 points and leads the team with a 58.2 field goal percentage.
In four NCAA Tournament games, Mosqueda-Lewis is averaging 17.2 points and 9.5 rebounds. She scored UConn's first NCAA Tournament triple-double against St. Joseph's in the second round and was selected as the most outstanding player of the Lincoln Region.Copyright © 2015, CT Now