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While Ogwumike, Sims and Thomas are making their second straight appearance on the preseason team, Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis are making their first. They are the seventh set of teammates to be preseason All-Americans, and the duo helped UConn win its eighth national championship in April. UConn is back at No. 1 in the preseason Top 25 poll.

“I feel like a lot of people on our team could be named All-Americans with Bria (Hartley) and Stef (Dolson) and me and Stewie and how well our other teammates have been playing, with Tuck and Kia and all them,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “It’s just an honor to play with such great people all around me.”

Along with Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley received votes marking the first time a team has four players earn All-America honors. Tennessee has had three players twice and UConn did it in 2008.

“I think the fact that we had such a great year last year and won the national championship has a lot to do with that,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “Sometimes these things just kind of converge and everything happens all at one time. It is unusual, though. I’ve had a lot players and a lot of great teams come through here and for this to be the first time this has happened shows how special it is.”

Ogwumike and Sims were both on the postseason All-America team last spring, with Thomas and Mosqueda-Lewis earning second team honors.

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AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Waco, Texas and Associated Press Writer Pat Eaton-Robb in Storrs, Conn. contributed to this report.

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