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UConn's Stewart heads All-America team

Breanna Stewart has already etched her name as one of the best in college women's basketball history.

Now the UConn star has earned The Associated Press All-America honors three times, becoming just the sixth player to do so. Stewart headlined the team announced Monday, along with teammate Moriah Jefferson, Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell, Minnesota's Rachel Banham and South Carolina's A'ja Wilson.

Oregon State senior Jamie Weisner was named to the second team. Teammates Ruth Hamblin and Sydney Wiese received honorable mention. Jillian Alleyne of Oregon made the third team.

Weisner, who was honored as Pac-12 Player of the Year earlier this month, is the sixth player in program history to receive All-America status.

Entering Monday's Elite Eight matchup with Baylor, Weisner sat sixth in school history with 1,752 career points, second in 3-pointers made (266) and leads Oregon State in career 3-point percentage (41.3).

Stewart once again did it in dominating fashion, appearing on all 32 ballots selected by the national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25. It's the third consecutive year that the 6-foot-5 phenom was a unanimous choice. Voting was done before the NCAA Tournament.

Baylor's Brittney Griner, Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke's Alana Beard, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and UConn's Maya Moore are the only other players to earn first-team honors at least three times. Paris and Moore were All-Americans all four years.

"To be given such a prestigious award three times in a row is unbelievable," Stewart said. "When you name those great players and to be in the same, I guess, class as them — it's kind of crazy, because they've done so much for women's basketball and it makes me excited for what's to come."

None of the five All-Americans had a harder road to making the team than Banham, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL suffered in December 2014.

She flourished in her return, averaging 27.6 points, including a 60-point effort that matched the NCAA record. That drew the attention of her idol Kobe Bryant, who tweeted about the Gophers playmaker.