In a season full of awards, honors and, ultimately, championships, it's only fitting that sophomore forward Breanna Stewart was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. It came on the heels of UConn's convincing national title defense, this time over arch rival Notre Dame. And it's the second time in as many seasons that Stewart has earned MOP honors. The only other person to ever accomplish the feat: Cheryl Miller.
“Coming to Connecticut, I’m here to reach my full potential and become as good of a player as I can be and win national championships,” Stewart said, via SNY.com. “Next year, I want to win a win another one. But we’ll enjoy this one. I win two, I want to win three. We win three, then we’ll see about winning four.
“Right now I’m in the right mindset. I know what it takes to win national championships. Going forward, I’m excited for what’s to come. But I’m going to enjoy this a little bit.”
Early during her freshman season, Stewart struggled to find her niche before coming into her own as 2012 gave way to 2013. She entered her sophomore year as one of the country's best players and when the dust settled, she'll likely end up as one of the most dynamic names to ever come through Storrs. She finished 2013-14 averaging 19.4 points per game to go along with 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.8 blocked shots.
Now that the Huskies' season is over, Stewart will focus on making the U.S. national team that will compete in the FIBA world championships from Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Turkey.
“I’m going there to try and be a part of that team,” said Stewart, who has five gold medals from previous stints with USA Basketball. “That’s one of my goals. I’m working hard. I’ll be working hard this summer for it. When it gets time for the training camp I’m going to go out and play basketball and if it happens it happens.”