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    UConn's Auriemma, Stewart Award AP's Coach, Player of the Year
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    Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart keeps the ball inbounds as head coach Geno Auriemma, right, and South Florida’s Courtney Williams, left, look on, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Storrs, Conn.

    UConn's Geno Auriemma is The Associated Press Coach of the Year in women's college basketball for the eighth time and  Breanna Stewart is The Associated Press Player of the Year in women's college basketball for a record third time.

    Stewart was a unanimous choice Saturday, the first time that's happened since the first award in 1995. Ralph Sampson of Virginia was the only men's basketball player to win the award three times.

    Voting was done before the NCAA Tournament and by the 32-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25 poll.

    Stewart won the award as a sophomore and junior as well and has helped UConn to victories in its past 73 games. She is the only women's basketball player with 400 assists and 400 blocks for her career. She has won 149 games over the past four seasons. Two more wins will give her four championships and the most victories ever.

    Auriemma received 16 votes Saturday from the 32-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25 poll. Scott Rueck of Oregon State and Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame were second with three votes each.

    UConn has won 73 straight games and Auriemma stands two victories from winning a record 11th national championship. That would move him past UCLA men's coach John Wooden for the most in college basketball history.

    Auriemma also won AP coaching honors in 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

    Voting was done before the NCAA Tournament.