2015-16 Senior CLASS Award winners announced
Three-time first-team AP All-American Breanna Stewart of the University of Connecticut has been selected as the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.
The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s basketball. 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: classroom, community, character and competition.
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.
“Being recognized as the Senior CLASS Award winner is an unbelievable honor because it highlights more than just my on-the-court skills,” said Stewart, a two-time consensus national player of the year who is on the verge of history if she and the Huskies can take their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament title next week in Indianapolis. “Since I arrived on campus, I’ve grown in a number of ways, but the biggest one is finding the joy and satisfaction in helping others, whether it is my teammates or people I don’t know through various community service activities. Beyond UConn and beyond basketball, I hope one day to create my own non-profit organization, and the Senior CLASS Award is a tremendous milestone and an indication that I’m headed in the right direction.”
Stewart has led the Huskies to three National Titles and, in the process, became the first player in NCAA history to earn three Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors. This season, she led the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots while surpassing Rebecca Lobo for the most blocked shots in program history and becoming the first women’s NCAA Division I player with at least 400 assists and 400 blocked shots. Her status as a three-time first-team AP All-American has only been achieved by five others in NCAA history.
Women’s Basketball 2015-16 Winner
|Breanna Stewart||Forward||University of Connecticut|
|Ruth Hamblin||Center||Oregon State|
|Moriah Jefferson||Guard||University of Connecticut|
|Kelsey Minato||Guard||Army West Point|
|Tiffany Mitchell||Guard||University of South Carolina|
|Adut Bulgak||Center||Florida State University|
|Aundrea Gamble||Guard||Arkansas State|
|Bria Holmes||Guard||West Virginia University|
|Jonquel Jones||Forward||George Washington University|