Bre­anna Ste­wart wins rookie of the year award

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

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.”

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