|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
August 27, 1994 |
Syracuse, New York
|High school||Cicero – North Syracuse High School|
|2013 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
2012 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year
2012 Naismith High School Girl’s Player of the Year
2011 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year
2011 All-FIBA U19 World Championship Team
2011 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year
2010 Parade All-America fourth team
2010 ESPN Rise All-America second team
Breanna Stewart (born August 27, 1994) is an American basketball player at the University of Connecticut.
She completed her high school career at Cicero – North Syracuse High School in North Syracuse, New York. She played on the USA Basketball U16, U17 and U19 teams, where she helped each team win a Gold Medal. Stewart was selected to be on the USA Women's Pan American Team, only the second high school player to be selected for this USA team, along with Nancy Lieberman, who played on the 1975 team. She signed with the University of Connecticut and enrolled at the school in the fall of 2012.
Stewart first played for the high school team while still in eighth grade. She played as a starter in most games, and averaged nine points, almost nine rebounds and seven blocks per game. In her freshman year, she almost doubled her point production scoring 17 points per game. That year, her team had a 21–3 record, and made it to the regional final game.
In her sophomore year, she was a starter in every game, and upped her scoring average to 22 points per game. In that year, her team record was 18–4. As a junior, she helped lead her team to the state AA public school title, with a 22–3 record for the year. Stewart averaged 24 points and 15 rebounds for the season. During her junior year, she made the announcement she would be attending the University of Connecticut. The day after the announcement, she dunked the ball in a game against Baldwinsville, her first career dunk.
Stewart achieved a milestone on January 31, 2012, when she scored her 2,000th point, as part of a 31–0 run against Auburn.
Stewart was selected as a member of the 2012 McDonald's All-American team, which represents the twenty-four best female high school basketball players. The selected players are grouped into two squads, which compete in the annual McDonald's All-American Game, held this year in Chicago.
Stewart has been selected to play in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School All-Star game, held at the site of the Final Four in Denver. The top twenty high school players in the country are named as WBCA All-Americans, and eligible to play in the all-star game. This year, the game will be played in the Pepsi Center on March 31, 2012.
In March 2012, in a surprise presentation by Tamika Catchings, Stewart received the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award. Stewart is one of six finalists for the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year.
In addition to regularly scheduled post-season tournaments, the success of her high school team led to invitations to prominent national tournaments. The C-NS team traveled to Philadelphia, New Jersey and Disney World last year,[when?] and to Springfield, Massachusetts the next year to play in a Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament, and went to the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona, considered the "premier showcase of all high school girls tournaments."[when?]
Tournament of Champions
The Tournament of Champions is an annual event, since 1997, showcasing the best high school girls basketball teams. The 2011 event, held in Phoenix, Arizona included 96 of the best basketball programs in the country. The C-NS team was assigned to the Smith Division, where they faced Bolingbrook High School, considered to be the number 1 team by USA Today. Despite being viewed as a 30-point underdog, Stewart helped her team to the first round upset, scoring 15 points in a 43–40 win. In the quarter-final game, Stewart scored 29 points and had 19 rebounds to help the team beat the number 22 ranked team in the country, Dr. Phillips High School from Orlando, Florida. Although double-teamed, she scored ten points in a 12–0 run that gave C-NS a commanding 23-point lead early in the fourth quarter. That win secured a place in the semi-finals of the division. In the semi-final game, C-NC faced St. Mary's, the number 2 ranked team in the country. Stewart had 33 points and 16 rebounds, but it was not enough to overcome the scoring of the eventual champion of the tournament. Although the team lost that game, Stewart's overall performance earned her the most outstanding player of the tournament honors. Stewart is viewed as an offensive threat in the low post, high post and perimeter, and with her long wing span, is effective as a defender as well.
2012 Hoophall Classic
Stewart's Northstars team were invited to play in the annual Hoophall Classic, held in Springfield, Massachusetts and typically featuring some of the best high school teams in the country. Their opponents was the local West Springfield team, not nationally ranked, but 8–0 at the time of the meeting. The result was not close, as Cicero North team beat West Springfield 60–20, with Stewart alone scoring more points than the opposition. Stewart ended the game with 22 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks, despite leaving the game in the third period and not returning. Her performance earned her the Most Outstanding Player award for the event.
Stewart was selected to join the USA Basketball U16 team, at age fourteen, the youngest member of the team. All other team members were fifteen or sixteen at the time. She stood six feet, three inches at the time, the same height as Kiah Stokes and Elizabeth Williams. Despite being the youngest, she earned the starting role for all five games, scoring just under ten points per games, and typing Elizabeth Williams for the team lead in blocks. She helped the team win the Gold Medal in the First FIBA Americas U16 Championship For Women, held in Mexico City, Mexico. The win secured an automatic bid to the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship, held in Rodez & Toulouse, France.
Stewart continued with the USA team as it became the U17 team. She earned a starting role in all eight games. In the first game, against the host team from France, she led all scorers with 13 points. In the final preliminary game against Japan, she led all scorers with 30 points. In the eight-game tournament, she averaged 12.8 points per game, second only to Elizabeth Williams at 13.5 points per game. She was the team leader with 18 blocks, helping the USA team to win all eight games and win the gold medal in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women.
In 2011, Stewart was selected to be on the USA basketball U19 team. The U18 team won the 2010 Americas Championship, so it earned an automatic bid to the U19 World Championship, held in Puerto Montt, Chile. Although one of the youngest players on the team, Stewart averaged 11.2 points per game to post the highest scoring average of the USA players, and was one of the five players named to the all tournament team. Ariel Massengale was the other USA player to earn all tournament honors.
The USA Pan American team members are usually chosen from the college ranks, although many of the other countries use their national teams, which include professional players. Stewart is the only high school player chosen for the 2011 Pan American team, and only the second high school player in Pan American team history for the USA teams. The only other high school player on a Pan American team was Nancy Lieberman, who played on the 1975 team, before Stewart was born.
The 2011 team finished seventh, the first time in history they did not earn a medal, but Stewart, almost three years younger than the next youngest player, was still a major contributor, scoring 15.4 points per game to lead the team in scoring. She also led the team in blocks and rebounds.
Basketball athlete of the year
Stewart was named the 2011 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year. USA basketball cited her performance on the U19 team and the Pan American team. She was the second youngest on the U19 team, yet led the team in points, rebounds and blocks, helping to lead her team to a Gold medal at the international completion, and earning a position on the all-tournament team. She occupies several spots in the U19 record books. She was named to the Pan American team, only the second high school player from the USA to receive such a bid. Despite playing with college age players, she earned a starting position for all games, and again led the team in points, rebounds and blocks. The previous year’s winner of the award was Diana Taurasi.
Stewart was named to the USA basketball U-18 team. She joined future UConn teammates Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck on the twelve-player squad that competed in the 2012 FIBA Americas U-18 National Championship, held in August 201, in Puerto Rico. Stewart was the youngest, and only high school player, on the 2011 USA Women’s Pan American Games team, but was the player with the most international experience on the team. The team started by winning their first four games with margins of victory of 40 points or more. This set up the championship game against Brazil. The team from Brazil started strong, and held a double-digit lead early in the game. After scoring only seven points in the first quarter, the team scored 21 or more in the next three quarters and reclaimed the lead. When the game came to a close, the USA team won 71–47 to claim the gold medal.
Stewart was awarded the MVP trophy as the best player in the FIBA Americas U18 competition.
2013 U19 - Lithuania
Stewart, along with teammates Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck, were three of the twelve players selected to be on the team representing the USA at the U19 World Championship for Women held in Klaipėda and Panevėžys, Lithuania, in July 2013.
Stewart started her freshman year in strong fashion, scoring at least 20 points in three of her first four games, She scored a total of 169 points in her first ten games, which is more than any other Connecticut Husky freshman. However, her output slowed, and her scoring average dropped below ten points for her last eighteen regular season games. In March, she started early morning session with Chris Daily, associate head coach, to concentrate on shooting and post moves. She came back strong in the Big East tournament, with a total of 51 points, matching the number scored by Diana Taurasi in her tournament debut. Her strong performance continued in the NCAA tournament. She did not play in the first round, due to a calf injury, but scored 105 points in the last five games, earning her the award of the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, the first freshman to win the award since 1987.
Awards and honors
- 2010—ESPN Rise All-America second team
- 2010—Parade All-America fourth team
- 2011—Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year
- 2011—All-FIBA U19 World Championship Team
- 2011—USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year
- 2013—Most Valuable Player award at the 2012 Paradise Jam Tournament
- 2013—Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, the first freshman to win the award since 1987.
- 2013—NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.
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