Stewart tabbed as Spalding® DIII WBB Player of the Year

After leading short-handed Roxbury (Mass.) to its first national championship, Alyssa Stewart was recognized Monday as the 2015-16 Spalding® NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Player of the Year by the NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball Committee.

A dominant force in all phases of the game, Stewart served as the catalyst fueling the Tigers’ run to the national title with only six players on the roster for the second half of the season. The sophomore ranked sixth in the country with 22.2 points per game and cracked the top 10 in field goal percentage, connecting on 53.7 percent of her shots.

Stewart’s post presence was showcased in her 13.7 rebounds per game which tied for 10th-most in the DIII ranks. The center ranked third with 6.4 offensive rebounds per game to go along with the 7.2 she averaged defensively. Serving as a constant deterrent for opposing players in the lane, Stewart finished the season ranking second in blocks with 4.7 per game.

During the NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball Championship, Stewart made her claim as a member of the all-tournament team by averaging 17.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and five blocks in three games. The Hartford, Connecticut, native posted a double-double during the Tigers’ 61-57 win over Northland (Minn.) in the national title game, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks.

Stewart’s top performance of the 2015-16 season came in early December during a 118-52 rout of Holyoke (Mass.). Hitting 19 of 40 shots from the field, Stewart posted a career-high 41 points as part of a double-double effort that included 13 rebounds. Her defensive effort in the victory was highlighted by six blocks and four steals. Another notable performance during Stewart’s sophomore campaign was her triple-double effort in a 101-61 victory at Massasoit (Mass.) where she totaled 32 points, a career-high 29 rebounds and a career-high 12 blocks.

With her two-year collegiate playing career completed, Stewart has a number of options on where to move on to next season. Among the NCAA colleges that she is considering are Florida A&M and DII program Lynn.

This marks the second straight year that a Roxbury player has received the honor as Tigers sophomore forward Tajmahnae Lewis earned the award as a freshman in 2014-15.


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Photos courtesy of Roxbury Athletics.

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