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Breanna Stewart's Bio

About Breanna Stewart

HEIGHT: 6-4 WEIGHT: 170 BIRTHDATE: Aug. 27, 1994 BIRTHPLACE: North Syracuse, NY HOMETOWN: North Syracuse, NY COLLEGE: Connecticut HIGH SCHOOL: Cicero North High School, NY WNBA EXPERIENCE: 6 seasons DRAFTED BY: Seattle, 2016, First Round (#1) TWITTER: @bre_stewart30 INSTAGRAM: breannastewart30

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2x WNBA Champion (2018, 2020)
  • 2018 WNBA MVP
  • 2x WNBA Finals MVP (2018, 2020)
  • First-ever WNBA Commissioner’s Cup MVP (2021)
  • Named to WNBA’s W25 Team–one of 10 active players
  • Broke the Storm’s franchise record for 20-point games in a single season on Aug. 17, 2018 vs. New York with 22 points (Surpassed own single-season record of 21 in 2017; Lauren Jackson formerly held the record with 20 during the 2003 season)
  • Fastest WNBA player to reach 1,000 points/500 rebounds (55 games) and 3,000 points/1,000 rebounds (125 games)
  • 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year in a near-unanimous vote (38 of 39 votes)
  • 2x All-WNBA First Team (2018, 2021)
  • 2016 All-WNBA Second Team
  • 2x WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2016, 2021)
  • 2016 Defensive Player of the Year runner-up
  • 2x FIBA World Championship gold medalist with USAB (2014, 2018)
  • 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup Most Valuable Player and All-Star Five
  • 2x USA Olympic Women’s Basketball Team gold medalist (2016 Rio de Janiero, 2020 Tokyo)
  • 2020 FIBA Olympic MVP and All-Star Five
  • 3x USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (2011,2013, 2018)
  • Named the ‘Best Female Athlete’ and ‘Best Female College Athlete’ at the 2016 ESPY Awards, held in Los Angeles on July 13, 2016
  • Recorded a clean sweep of all Rookie of the Month honors in her first season, winning the award for all games played in May, June, July and September (no award in August due to the 2016 Olympic Break)
  • 9x Western Conference Player of the Week (Sept. 12, 2016, July 16, 2017, Aug. 21, 2017, June 17, 2018, Aug. 3, 2020, Aug. 31, 2020, May 24, 2021, June 14, 2021, June 21, 2021)
  • 2x Western Conference Player of the Month (July 2018, May 2021)
  • Following her rookie campaign in 2016, led the league in minutes per game (34.7), was second in rebounds per game (9.3), sixth in points per game (18.3) and third in blocks per game (1.9)
  • Posted a career-high and then-league-high single-game scoring mark in 2016 with 38 points on a season-high 12-16 shooting (75.0 percent) on June 28, 2016 vs. Atlanta
  • Pulled down 9 defensive rebounds vs. Chicago on Sept. 18, 2016, bringing her regular-season total to 277, passing the WNBA’s single-season defensive rebound record (276), set by Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2004
  • Selected first overall by Seattle in the 2016 WNBA Draft
  • Was part of the only four-time national champion class in NCAA history with the Connecticut Huskies
  • Is the only athlete, male or female, in NCAA history to win the Final Four Most Outstanding Player honor four times
  • Three-time Associated Press Player of the Year, the only athlete to do so in NCAA history

2021 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Earned Third All-WNBA First Team honors (2018, 2020, 2021)
  • Averaged 20.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 blocks per game
  • Ranked third in the league in scoring and blocks and fifth in rebounds
  • 20.3 ppg average was second-best in her career and sixth-best in Storm history
  • First-ever WNBA Commissioner’s Cup MVP (17 pts, 6-8 FG, 3-4 3pt FG, 4 reb, 4 stl, 3 blk, 3 ast)
  • Became fourth-fastest player to score 2,500 career points and fastest player to record 2,500 pts/1,000 reb with a season-high 36-point performance at Dallas (5/22)
  • 3x WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week (5/24, 6/14, 6/21)
  • Kia WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month (May 2021)
  • Earned third WNBA All-Star selection (Starter for Team USA)
  • Recorded 23 games with 15+ points, tied for 2nd-most in league
  • Had two of the top four scoring games by a player in 2021 (36 pts at DAL 5/22 and 35 pts at LVA 6/27)
  • Missed final two games of regular season and one playoff game due to foot injury

2020 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Won second WNBA championship (2018, 2020) and earned second Finals MVP honor (2018, 2020)
  • 2020 All-WNBA First Team, second in career (2018, 2020)
  • 2020 All-Defensive Second Team, second in career (2016, 2020)
  • Netted 500th career free-throw on August 12 vs. Atlanta Dream
  • Grabbed 1,000th career rebound on Aug. 25 vs. Indiana Fever
  • Selected Western Conference Player of the Week twice in the season
  • Averaged 19.7 points (4th overall), 8.3 rebounds (10th overall), 1.3 blocks (6th overall) and 30.4 minutes per game
  • Led the Seattle Storm in points (19.7), rebounds (8.3) and blocks (1.3)
  • Contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals on season opener vs. New York on July 25
  • Finished 7 games with double-doubles (July 28, July 30, Aug. 22, Sep. 2, Sep. 9, Sep. 22, Oct. 2)
  • Scored in double digits on all but one occasion
  • Scored season-high 29 points and a career-high 18 rebounds on Aug. 22 vs. Las Vegas including a career-best 17 defensive boards.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Did not play; served as WNBA ambassador while recovering from ruptured Achilles tendon

2018 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • 2018 WNBA Most Valuable Player
  • 2018 WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player
  • 2018 WNBA All-Star starter
  • Netted 20+ point games in all but one playoff game… scored 30 points in Game 3 of WNBA Finals to complete sweep
  • Averaged 21.8 PPG (2nd in WNBA), 8.4 RPG (3rd), and 1.4 BPG with a career-high 52.9 FG pct
  • Started every game in 2018
  • Totaled a career-high 742 points on the season
  • Scored a season-high 35 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double July 14 vs. Dallas
  • Netted a season-high 13 FGM for a total of 31 points July 22 at Atlanta
  • Pulled out 26 points and 10 rebounds July 24 at Indiana
  • Recorded a season-high 17 rebounds and 17 points Aug. 18 at Minnesota
  • Broke Seattle’s single-season record for 20-point games with 22 on Aug. 17 vs. New York (22)

2017 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • 2017 WNBA All-Star West Reserve
  • Became the fastest WNBA player to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in just 55 career games on July 28 vs. Dallas
  • Broke Seattle’s season-season record for 20 point games with her 21st outing on Sept. 3 at Chicago (29 points)
  • Averaged a career-high 19.9 PPG, second-best in the WNBA, and pulled down an average of 8.7 RPG
  • Recorded a double-double with a 23-point, 10-rebound effort at New York on June 11
  • Tallied a game-high 22 points and 15 boards and added a career-high five blocks vs. San Antonio on June 18
  • Recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds at Connecticut an June 29
  • Poured in 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds at Dallas on July 1
  • Scored a team-high 20 points and added 14 rebounds vs. New York on July 6
  • Registered 26 points and seven rebounds vs. Los Angeles on July 8
  • Notched 25 points and 11 boards vs. Chicago on July 18
  • Tallied a career-high six blocks at Los Angeles on July 25
  • Notched a season-high 32 points and a season-high four steals in addition to eight rebounds and four assists at San Antonio on Aug. 5
  • Scored 29 points in the regular-season finale at Chicago on Sept. 3

2016 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds in her WNBA debut at Los Angeles on May 15
  • Registered her first career double-double at Phoenix on May 20 with 14 points and 13 rebounds
  • Reached 100 points in her WNBA career at Indiana on June 1 after posting 22 points
  • Recorded a clean sweep of all Rookie of the Month honors in her first season, winning the award for all games played in May, June, July and September (no award in August due to the 2016 Olympic Break)
  • Named Western Conference Player of the Week on Sept. 12
  • Set the franchise’s rookie record for rebounds in a game with 17 against New York
  • Led the league in minutes per game (34.7), was second in rebounds per game (9.3), sixth in points per game (18.3) and third in blocks per game (1.9)
  • Came one assist shy of a triple-double on June 3 vs. Phoenix, ending with 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 9 assists
  • Posted a career-high and then-league-high single-game scoring mark in 2016 with 38 points on a season-high 12-16 shooting (75.0 percent) on June 28 vs. Atlanta

            MORE ON STEWART’S 38-POINT EFFORT:
          – She tied the league-high single-game scoring mark in 2016 [[DeWanna Bonner, (38, vs. Dallas, June 21, 2016)]
– She set a new franchise single-game scoring rookie record
– 38 points in the second-highest single-game scoring effort in franchise history, (47, Lauren Jackson, at Washington                                 (OT), July 24, 2007)
– The 38-point total marks the third-highest scoring output by a rookie in league history. [(40, Candace Parker, vs.                                            Houston (OT), July 9, 2008), (39, Odyssey Sims, at San Antonio, July 22, 2014)]
– Stewart’s career-high at UConn was 37 points (at Temple, Jan. 28, 2014)
– The rookie’s 12 FGM were a career-high, as was her 75.0 field goal percentage (12-of-16).
– This is the first time a Storm player has scored in double-figures in two or more quarters since Shekinna Stricklen                                completed the feat on Aug. 4, 2014 at Minnesota. Stewart had 11 points in the first quarter and 13 in the fourth quarter.

  • Recorded a career-high 5 blocks in back-to-back games, first vs. Chicago on July 17 and again on July 20 vs. San Antonio
  • Pulled down 9 defensive rebounds vs. Chicago on Sept. 18 bringing her regular-season total to 277, which surpassed the WNBA’s single-season defensive rebound record (276), set by Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2004
  • Recorded her 500th-career point on Sept. 2 at Chicago, becoming the 8th-youngest (22 years, 6 days) and tied for 6th-fastest in WNBA history to hit the plateau
  • She ended her rookie campaign with 621 points, third all-time in league rookie season scoring totals
  • Scored in double-digits 31 of 34 regular-season games, including 30+ points twice
  • Collected double-digit rebounds in 13 games

OVERSEAS COMPETITION:

  • 2018-21: Kursk, Russia; 2019 EuroLeague Regular Season MVP; 2021 EuroLeague Final Four MVP
  • 2017-18: Shanghai, China
  • 2016-17: Shanghai, China

USA BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Earned gold as member of 2020 USA Olympic Women’s Basketball team at Tokyo Games, earning second Olympic gold medal with the USA senior team
  • Averaged 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game during 2020 Olympics, earning MVP honors
  • Also named to 2016 USA Olympic Women’s Basketball Team in Rio, winning her first Olympic gold medal
  • Three-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (2011, 2013, 2018)
  • Won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2014 and 2018 FIBA World Championships
  • 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup ‘Most Valuable Player’ award and All-Star Five
  • Claimed tournament MVP honors as the USA U-19 team won a Gold Medal at the 2013 U-19 World Championship
  • Claimed tournament MVP honors as the USA U-18 team won a Gold Medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U-18 Championship
  • Became the second high-school player to play for Team USA at the Pan American Games in 2011
  • Named to the All-Tournament Team as the USA U-19 team won a Gold Medal at the 2011 U-19 World Championship
  • Won a Gold Medal with the USA U-17 team at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship
  • Won a Gold Medal with the USA U-16 team at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Named the 2016 Associated Press Player of the Year, Naismith Trophy Winner, Wade Trophy Winner, John R. Wooden Award Winner, AAC Player of the Year and Final Four Most Outstanding Player
  • In 2016 became the first-ever unanimous Associated Press Player of the Year
  • Named the 2015 Associated Press Player of the Year, Naismith Trophy Winner, Wade Trophy Winner, John R. Wooden Award Winner, AAC Player of the Year and Final Four Most Outstanding Player
  • Named the 2014 Associated Press Player of the Year, Naismith Trophy Winner, USBWA Player of the Year, espnW Player of the Year, Honda Sports Award Winner, American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Final Four Most Outstanding Player
  • Named the 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, becoming the first freshman to win the award in more than two decades
  • Helped Connecticut to a pair of undefeated seasons (2013-14 and 2015-16)
  • Became the only player in Division I history to finish her career with at least 300 blocks and 300 assists
  • Helped Connecticut achieve the longest NCAA tournament winning streak in women’s college basketball history (24 games)
  • Finished with the second-most blocked shots in NCAA tournament history (71)

PERSONAL:

  • Daughter of Heather and Brian Stewart
  • Was a Scholar-Athlete and winner of Cicero North’s Outstanding Character Award
  • Grew up attending Syracuse University games and ended up defeating Syracuse in her final collegiate game
  • Is the fifth Connecticut player to be taken No. 1 overall in the WNBA Draft
  • Named an Academic All-American in 2014-15 and the winner of the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award, given to the most outstanding senior student athlete in Division I women’s basketball
  • Plays video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band in her free time
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