UNCASVILLE, Conn. – With the first pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, the Seattle Storm selected 6-4 forward Breanna Stewart from the University of Connecticut.
“We are thrilled to add Breanna to our roster and excited to welcome her to the Pacific Northwest,” said Storm President & GM Alisha Valavanis. “She is a dynamic, versatile playmaker and another key piece as we continue to build.”
During a historic, unprecedented career at Connecticut, Stewart won four consecutive national championships and guided the Huskies to a pair of perfect seasons (2013-14 and 2015-16). She was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four in all four of her team’s title runs and won AP Player of the Year three straight seasons.
“As a part of this league for the last 20 years, I have great respect for the level of competition. I don’t know how steep Breanna’s learning curve will be, but I believe that she has the ingredients to be a very special player,” said Storm head coach Jenny Boucek. “Her skill portfolio is uniquely diverse, and we cannot wait to begin the journey of integrating her to enhance our team.”
A four-year starter at Connecticut, Stewart becomes the fifth Husky to be selected with the top pick in the WNBA draft. She finished her college career with a 151-5 record after leading the Huskies in scoring for the past three seasons. During her senior year, Stewart averaged 19.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from the 3-point line.
Stewart is the only player in Division I women’s basketball history to record 300 blocks and 300 assists in her career. At the 2013 Final Four, she became the first freshman in 26 years to earn the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. Stewart has also played for the United States National Team, helping the USA win gold at the 2014 FIBA World Championship.
Earlier today, the Storm announced that the franchise has entered into an exclusive, multi-year deal with Swedish Medical Center. The new agreement designates Swedish as the ‘Official Medical Care Team of the Seattle Storm’ and includes Swedish branding on the Storm’s home and away jerseys. Stewart offered fans in attendance and watching the national broadcast on ESPN2 their first look at the 2016 Storm jerseys tonight when she held up the green jersey on stage at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Seattle opens its 2016 WNBA home slate at KeyArena on Sunday, May 22 vs. defending WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx.
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