Azura Stevens returned to her role off the bench Tuesday for the UConn women’s basketball team and became third Husky reserve to be named Most Outstanding Player of a conference tournament.
Stevens, who started place of the injured Williams Monday against Cincinnati, averaged 16.3 points on 63.9 percent shooting, 9.7 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots in 23 minutes in wins over Tulane, Cincinnati and USF.
“Now is the perfect time for Z to be playing the way she’s been playing,” Gabby Williams said of Stevens, who was the AAC’s Sixth Player of the Year and the league’s Newcomer of the Year. “This is going to be a huge confidence booster for her and her momentum will be great.”
The only other reserve UConn coach Geno Auriemma used Tuesday was freshman Megan Walker, who had a free throw in nine minutes.
In 2000, Tamika Williams came off the bench to average 13.3 points on 80 percent shooting in Big East tournament wins over St. John’s Boston College and Rutgers.
Then in 2008, Charde Houston averaged 11.3 points on 64 percent shooting and 7 rebounds in Big East wins over DePaul, Pittsburgh, and Louisville.