Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart wins WNBA rookie of the year award

    FILE - In this May 4, 2016 file photo, Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart in action against the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA preseason basketball game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) - 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.

    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.

    It's the second consecutive season a Storm player won the award, marking the first time in the league's 20-year history that the same team has back-to-back winners. Jewell Loyd was the rookie of the year in 2015.

    The 6-foot-4 Stewart scored in double figures 31 times and had 12 double-doubles. She has a season-high 38 points in a win against Atlanta on July 10.

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