If this were the men's game, Breanna Stewart would likely be headed for the NBA. In two seasons, she's accomplished just about everything. She's been named the Associated Press National Player of the Year, the United States Basketball Writers National Player of the year, and the the Naismith Award. She remains a finalist for the Wooden Award, and, oh yeah, she's a two-time national champion who has twice earned Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
But even before she stepped foot on UConn's campus, Stewart said she was coming to Storrs to win four national titles. She's halfway there and the thought of her only getting better must keep opposing coaches up at night. And she will get better.
“Stewie is talented and she works really hard,” said senior Bria Hartley, via SNY.com. “It’s just so hard for people to defend her because she can score in so many ways. She’s 6-4 and she’s able to hit the three, she can drive by you, she will post you up inside. How can you stop someone who can literally do everything on the court? The crazy thing is that she is good now, but just imagine how much better she is going to be the next two years.”
And coach Geno Auriemma, who was emotional following the Huskies' championship win Monday night, offered this about the best player in the country.
“I think if Stewie really works at it, and I think she will, if she becomes a much better ballhandler, like she can catch the ball and really go anywhere with it that she wants, I think there will be no guarding her ever, on any level,” Auriemma said. “Right now she is kind of a catch-and-shoot player either in the post or on the perimeter. But once she gets to where she just gets the ball and she just goes wherever she wants … If Stewie adds that to her game, then it’s over. Then there is no guarding her no matter what.”
There are plenty of coaches who might say Stewart is already at that point.