Local roundup: Stewart wins Honda award
Storrs - UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart was named winner of the Honda Sports Award for basketball on Tuesday.
The award is presented annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics."
Stewart, who helped lead the Huskies to a 40-0 record and a record ninth NCAA championship, was selected over four other finalists (all seniors) - Notre Dame's Kayla McBride, Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, Baylor's Odyssey Sims and Maryland's Alyssa Thomas.
The 2014 Honda Cup to the top female athlete will be presented in June. Stewart is one of two UConn athletes eligible for the award. Marie Elena Bolles, who led the Huskies to a national title in field hockey last fall, was selected for the award from her sport.
"It is such an honor to be selected as the winner of the Honda Award for women's basketball," Stewart said in a statement released by UConn. "I would like to thank the administrators for selecting me over a group of outstanding players and my coaches and teammates for helping me get to this point where I can be considered for such prestigious honors."
Stewart, a consensus first-team All-American, was also named Associated Press, Naismith and USBWA national player of the year, as well as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She was also named Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four for the second straight year after leading the Huskies to victories over Stanford and Notre Dame.
Stewart averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
"I am very happy for Breanna," coach Geno Auriemma said. "She worked extremely hard during the offseason, and during the season, to improve on a great freshman year. It is truly rewarding to see hard work pay off for someone and no one is more deserving of this tremendous honor than Breanna Stewart."
• The UConn men's and women's national championship basketball teams will be honored at Fenway Park on Tuesday, April 22 before the Red Sox play the Yankees.
• President Barack Obama made a congratulatory phone call to both men's coach Kevin Ollie and women's coach Geno Auriemma on Tuesday and also told them that he looks forward to their teams visiting the White House soon. During his bracket selection, President Obama picked the Michigan State men and UConn women to win national titles in their respective sports. The UConn men beat Michigan State to win the East Regional title at Madison Square Garden.
• The American Athletic Conference announced that the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., will host the 2016 and 2017 men's basketball tournament. The news comes a day after the AAC selected the XL Center in Hartford as the 2015 tournament host. The Amway Center is the home of the Central Florida Golden Knights of the AAC and the NBA's Orlando Magic. All 11 conference teams will participate in the conference championship tournament.
• Will Iorio had six goals and three assists and Zach Poirier added a goal and nine assists to pace Stonington past Waterford, 18-5, in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Small Division.
Tyler Grills had six goals and two assists for the Bears (1-2, 1-0) and Jack Riordan added four goals and three assists.
Billy Barrs and Michael Beltran each had two goals and an assist for the Lancers (0-2, 0-1).
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