Breanna Stewart wins rookie of the year award
Breanna Stewart is the WNBA rookie of the year.
The league announced Thursday that Stewart received 38 of the 39 votes from a national media panel. San Antonio’s Moriah Jefferson got the other vote.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be able to come into the league and make a big impact like I did in my rookie season,” Stewart said. “It’s all you can ask for.”
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Connecticut, Stewart averaged 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, becoming the sixth player in league history to reach those averages in the same season. She helped the Seattle Storm reach the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
“What I want to do next is build Seattle and help the Storm get better,” Stewart said. “We got to the playoffs this year and we want to get back there and get better; we’re trying to win championships here, too.”