INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – Breanna Stewart
of the University of Connecticut joined a select group with her
third selection to headline the 10-member USBWA Women's
All-America Team for 2016, which was officially announced
here Sunday at the NCAA Women's Final Four.
Stewart, a 6-1 senior forward, joined two other former UConn
greats in Svetlana Abrosimova and Maya Moore as three-time
with Moore going on to become the only four-time selectee in the
29-year history of the USBWA All-American women's squads.
Tennessee's trio of Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and
Candace Parker were also three-time recipients as were Duke's Alana
Beard, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, and Baylor's Brittney Griner to
bring the overall total to nine through this season.
Stewart, a native of North Syracuse, N.Y., who led the unbeaten Huskies to
here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with three straight previous NCAA
titles in her Huskies career and going for an unprecedented fourth,
was the only unanimous selectee being named on all 71 ballots from
the USBWA membership who cast votes for the women's postseason honors.
She is also among five standouts who repeated from the 2015 squad,
including UConn 5-7 senior guard Moriah Jefferson, South Carolina
5-9 senior guard Tiffany Mitchell, Baylor 5-11 junior forward Nina
Davis, and Ohio State 5-8 sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, who was
the USBWA Freshman of the Year in 2015.
South Carolina 6-5 sophomore A'ja Wilson gives the Gamecocks
two members on this year's squad to go with two from UConn.
The newcomers are Notre Dame 6-3 sophomore forward Brianna Turner,
Minnesota 5-9 redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham, Washington 5-8
junior guard Kelsey Plum, who led the Huskies of the Northwest to
their first Women's Final Four here; and Maryland 5-11 junior guard
By class, the 2016 USBWA Women's All-Americans consists of four
seniors, three juniors, and three sophomores with six of them being
guards and the other four forwards. The Big Ten led the picks in
conference representation with three.
Nina Davis, a native of Memphis, Tenn., led Baylor's fourth-ranked
Bears with a 16.3 scoring average and a 6.1 rebounding mark to top
Plum is third in the nation in scoring with a 26.2 average and
first in total points with 943. She also leads the country in free
throws made (260) and attempted (293).
Turner's 88 blocked shots are fifth on the Notre Dame all-time
list and she joins former USBWA All-American Ruth Riley as the only
two players in school history with multiple 80-block seasons for
Banham finished sixth on the NCAA's all-time scoring list with
3,093 points – records for both the Big Ten and Minnesota – and
holds the Gophers season records for career points at 914 and in
a game with 60 this season.
Kelsey Mitchell has set Ohio State single season scoring records
in each of the last two years with 889 points this time and 873
in 2014-15. She made 126 three-pointers, which was tied for first
nationally when the Buckeyes were eliminated last weekend in the
Sweet 16 by Tennessee.
Following is the complete 2015-16 USBWA Women's All-America Team:
2015-16 USBWA WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Mitchell, Ohio State
Mitchell, South Carolina
Turner, Notre Dame
Wilson, South Carolina
By conference: Big Ten (3); American
Athletic (2); SEC (2); ACC (1); Big 12 (1); Pac-12
By class: Seniors (4); Juniors
(3); Sophomores (3).
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association, formed in 1956,
has named a women's All-America team since the 1996-97 season. The
association has also named a national player of the year – now known
as the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award – since 1987-88 and a national
coach of the year since 1989-90. In 2002-03, the USBWA initiated
an award for the nation's top freshman. For more information on
the USBWA and its awards, contact executive director Joe Mitch at
USBWA Women's All-America