Fresh off a 24-point, 10-rebound effort in Sunday’s win over No. 4 Louisville, Breanna Stewart has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week. She averaged 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 blocks in two wins last week.
Stewart was a combined 17-of-34 from the field (5-of-10 3-pointers).
Louisville coach Jeff Walz said Sunday that is more difficult to defend Stewart than it was to defend Maya Moore or Brittney Griner.
“It’s harder because Stewart’s 6-foot-4 and can play inside out,’’ Walz said. “As talented as Maya is, and she’s fantastic, she’s one of the best in the world, it’s a different situation. She posted up some but not a bunch. Where if you put a small guard on Stewart, she’s going to go down and post. Griner’s a situation where if she popped out to the 3-point line you wouldn’t want to defend her out there. Your whole goal is to try and make it tough for her in the post. And Stewart’s just got that all-around game.’’