Breanna Stewart returns to campus after spending the last few weeks abroad helping Team USA win the FIBA World Championship. And now the junior is focused on helping the Huskies win their third national title in as many seasons.
I’ve learned a lot,” Stewart said Sunday via USA Basketball (by way of SNY.com's Carl Adamec), “just the way that people prepare themselves and the fact these are people I look up to and want to be where they are in their professional careers. I’m just excited to have this opportunity to take this all home.”
Stewart was one of six people on Team USA with ties to UConn along with coach Geno Auriemma, advance scout Jennifer Rizzotti, and players Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, and Maya Moore.
"Obviously, when you grow and get to UConn, you realize how much your family has grown,” Stewart said. “The fact that I’m able to celebrate this with not only my coaches, but also people who have played at UConn before me, and the road that they have paved for us, I’m glad to be able to be here.”
In seven game, Stewart averaged 1.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 5.6 minutes. But with another gold medal for mantle (it's her fifth for Team USA since 2009) it's not time to turn attention to the Huskies' upcoming season.
“I’m actually looking forward to seeing my teammates and my friends again, but I could do this for a little bit,” Stewart said.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. Each one has its own specific memory that you’ll remember. To be able to be here and just the experience has been … No one else at the college level has received this experience that I have. So I think just taking that away from it is something that will separate me from others.”