Breanna Stewart wins ESPY for Best WNBA Player

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Sadly, we have not seen Breanna Stewart on the court this 2019 WNBA season as she continues to recover from an Achilles injury she sustained while playing overseas.

But Stewie is still continuing to add to her already crowded trophy case. Prior to the main festivities, she was announced as the recipient for the Best WNBA Player Award.

The nominees for said award also included Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) and Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics).

She was also among the nominees for Best Female Athlete in a field that included Alex Morgan, Simone Biles and Mikaela Shiffrin. Stewart had a strong case after winning regular season and Finals MVP along with her first WNBA championship and being named MVP of last year’s FIBA World Cup, which Team USA also prevailed in.

Given what the United States Women’s National Soccer Team just accomplished in France – bringing another World Cup trophy to the States – it was Alex Morgan’s to lose.

One of the nominees for Best Game was the Notre Dame-UConn Final Four contest that the Fighting Irish won 81-76, but the Week 11 NFL game featuring the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs – a 54-51 affair that the Rams won – took home that set of hardware.

Sabrina Ionescu, who decided to return to Oregon for her upcoming senior season instead of enter the WNBA draft, was a nominee for Best College Athlete. The other nominees included Rachel Garcia, Kyler Murray and Zion Williamson.

We’ll give you one guess who won this one.

Ionescu was also a nominee for Best Record Breaking Performance when she recorded her 13th triple double and now holding the record in NCAA women’s or men’s basketball for triple doubles. But it was Drew Brees who became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and most completions in NFL history who won this. Also among the nominees was Klay Thompson breaking the NBA’s 3-piont record with 14 which passed a mark held by … Stephen Curry.

Several memorable plays – including an Arike Ogunbowale behind-the-back pass – were up for Best Play, but the perfect 10 gymnastics routine of UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi became the recipient of this award. Ohashi also won Best Viral Sports Moment.

The Miami Miracle, Kawhi Leonard’s game-winner against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and a 99-yard Derrick Henry run for the Jacksonville Jaguars were also among these nominees.

Baylor’s national title-winning team was also among the nominees for Best Team, but with USWNT also among the nominees, there was little doubt which team was leaving Los Angeles with this bit of hardware.

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