Breanna Stewart WNBA's Top Rookie; Sun's Ogwumike Comeback Player Of Year

Those who followed Breanna Stewart's career at UConn obviously felt her skill set would transfer easily to the WNBA, especially since Stewart had so much experience playing with the league's stars on USA Basketball's senior national team, which won the 2014 world championship and 2016 Olympic gold medal.

But her transition from UConn to the pros has been seamless.

Stewart, the first overall pick in the 2016 draft by the Seattle Storm, on Tuesday was named league rookie of the year and the only rookie on the Associated Press' first team .

Stewart finished third all-time for points by a rookie and broke Lisa Leslie's WNBA record for defensive rebounds in a season.

Stewart averaged 34.7 minutes in 34 games for the Storm, who qualified for the playoffs after missing them in 2015. She averaged 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds, shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 33.8 percent on three-pointers.

Stewart was not the only rookie from UConn honored. Guard Moriah Jefferson, the second overall pick by the San Antonio Stars, also made the all-rookie team.

Jefferson averaged 30.4 minutes, 13.9 points and 4.2 assists for the last-place Stars. She shot 42.6 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three.

The league's most valuable player is Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks. She averaged 19.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists and shot 66.5 percent from the field, helping the Sparks to the second-best record in the WNBA and a bye until the semifinals of the playoffs.

Los Angeles also had the sixth woman of the year in Jantel Lavender.

Atlanta's Elizabeth Williams, traded by the Connecticut Sun to Atlanta before the season, was the most improved player.

Connecticut's Chiney Ogwumike earned comeback player of the year honors after recovering from microfracture surgery in her right knee that sidelined her last year.

"There's nothing more humbling than coming back from an injury," Chiney Ogwumike told the AP. "Being named comeback player of the year means the absolute world to me because, like many athletes who fall down, we keep fighting to not only get back up, but also to exceed expectations."

Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles was defensive player of the year.

The first team included Stewart, Nneka Ogwumike, Elena Delle Donne and former UConn players Tina Charles and Maya Moore. Former Huskies Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi joined Angel McCoughtry, Candace Parker and Fowles on the second team.

The all-rookie team included Stewart, Jefferson and Dallas' Aerial Powers, Chicago's Imani Boyette and Indiana's Tiffany Mitchell.

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