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Azania Stewart

Center

Height
6' 4"
CLASS
Sr.
Hometown
Wood Green, England (Notre Dame (Va.) Academy)
Experience
3L
School

(as of June 22, 2012)

Major: Sociology

 

Name Pronunciation: ah-ZANE-e-ah

 

Of the five seniors on the 2011-12 roster, only Azania Stewart was recruited by and played four years under coach Amanda Butler … a true center who gave Florida a big presence in the paint, especially on the defensive end … at 6-foot-4, was the tallest of all 208 female Gator student-athletes on any 2011-12 roster ... led the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage (all games) during the 2009-10 season, hitting 61.9 percent (91-147) of her attempts and became the fifth different Gator to lead the league in shooting efficiency … had her left kidney removed on Sept. 10, 2008, when it was discovered that it was a non-functioning kidney that had an infection … 1 of 12 finalists for the 2009 V Foundation Comeback Award (included men, women and teams) … the first Gator from Europe … began playing basketball when she was 15 years old when she was spotted while competing in netball, a 7-on-7 game similar to basketball, but the players don’t dribble and the hoop does not have a backboard … played for one of the top U.S. high school basketball programs and summer travel leagues in the country … earned her bachelor’s degree in May of 2012 ... on June 22, 2012 was one of 12 women named to the Great Britian 2012 Olympic Basketball Team

 

Summer/International Experience

Selected to the 20-player Great Britain Preliminary Squad for the Olympic Team on March 30, 2012, with that roster to be trimmed to the final 12 on June 22, 2012 ... Spent the 2009, 2010 and 2011 summers in Europe, playing for different teams with her native Great Britain with the hopes of strengthening her changes of making the 2012 Great Britain Olympic Team and suiting up for her country, which plays host to the Games … made the 2010 GB Standard Life Team that qualified for the Eurobasket Championship (European Championships) held in Poland in 2011, when she and her mates lost on the final day of qualifying, 62-59, to eventual-champion Russia … Stewart appeared in all six games during the 2011 European Championships and averaged 4.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20 minutes per game, while connecting on 47.6 percent from the floor … a member of Great Britain’s 2009 Under-20 World University Games Team (July 1-12) that competed in Belgrade, Serbia, and placed sixth, as she averaged 11.0 points and a team-best 9.3 rebounds over the seven-game span … called up to GB’s 2009 Senior National Team that played three games against Croatia prior to the start of the WUG … represented the UK as an ambassador in China during the 2008 Olympic Games

 

Collegiate Career Notes

In UF record book (upon graduation): ranked No. 3 for blocked shots (205) in a career … only third Gator ever to block at least 200 career shots … career field goal percentage of 54.4% (317-583) ranked as the fifth-highest in UF history … her 70 blocks in 2011-12 were the fifth-most in a season in program history … second-most blocked shots by a junior in program history (62) … highest field goal percentage in a season (61.9%, 91-147, in 2009-10) … 12th-most blocked shots in a season (46 in 2009-10) … highest field goal percentage in a season (61.9%) by a sophomore … third-most blocked shots in a season (46) by a sophomore … UF’s leading scorer in a game 14 times, rebounder in 22 games and assists leader in 8 games … 27 double-figure scoring games … 11 double-figure rebounding games … 6 double-doubles

 

Senior Year (2011-12)

One of five Gators who appeared in every game (33) … started 28 games … led the team in blocked shots (70), ranked second in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and field goal percentage (50.0%) and tied for third in steals (40) ... among all SEC athletes in all games ranked No. 2 for blocked shots per game (2.1 bpg), No. 17 for rebounding and would have been among the leaders in field goal percentage but did not meet the league’s minimum attempts mark to qualify ... in her final collegiate game (March 20), went toe-to-toe with Baylor’s 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner (the 2012 National Player of the Year, who led Baylor to the 2012 NCAA title) and scored a team-high 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, while dishing three assists wtih one block and one steal ... entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament coming of perhaps her best all-around game of her career, as she scored a season-high 15 points, collected a season-high 12 rebounds, blocked three shots, grabbed two steals and hit 5-of-6 free throws in the tough four-point loss to No. 10/9 Kentucky (March 2) in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals … in two SEC Tournament games, averaged 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, with six blocks … with her third of three blocked shots in the SEC Tournament first round win against Auburn (March 1), recorded her 200th blocked shot and became just the third Gator in program history to block as many, joining Vanessa Hayden (357 blocks, 2000-04) and Quientella Bonner (230 blocks, 1976-81) … with her one blocked shot at Tennessee (Feb. 26), tallied her 62nd rejection of the season, as she needed only 29 games to equal her 35-game block total of last year … attempted her first and only three-point shot of her career during the game at Arkansas (Jan. 29) … during UF’s three-game win streak in mid-February, averaged 9.3 points … UF’s leading scorer in a game 3 times, rebounder in 6 games and assists leader in 4 games … 7 double-figure scoring games … 6 double-figure rebounding games … 3 double-doubles

 

Junior Year (2010-11)

Appeared in every game (35) … started 33 games … earned the team’s Brickhouse Award for practice … collected at least one rebound in every game except one (at LSU) … scored in every game except one (vs. Tennessee, Jan. 13) … UF’s all-games leading rebounder (6.1 pg) and led the team in blocked shots (62, ranked second in SEC); and ranked second for field goal percentage (52.7%) … Ranked second among league players in SEC games play for blocked shots and 10th in all games for rebounding … with UMBC (March 21) holding a one-point lead late, hit a turn-around jumper in the paint, before she found Jennifer George inside for a short jumper and capped a 6-0 spurt with another short shot and gave UF a 68-63 lead with 3:07 remaining … career-high three steals and season-high three assists vs. UMBC (March 18) in WNIT first round … huge game in the upset win at Vanderbilt (Feb. 25), recording her fourth double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds – eight on the offensive end, while hitting all four free throw attempts, including both ends of a one-and-one with 24.2 seconds left that extended UF’s lead to five … her third of four blocks at Tennessee (Feb. 10) moved her into fifth-place on UF’s career chart, passing the 121 by former All-American and U.S. Olympian Tammy Jackson (1981-85) … exploded for a season-high 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting with six rebounds and three blocks in the win at Mississippi State (Jan. 30); her final point in the win was the 500th of her career … tied her career high with five blocked shots against Alabama (Jan. 27) … her two free throws with 10 seconds remaining iced the six-point win against Alabama … became the seventh Gator in program history to block 100 career shots, with the milestone swat coming against Georgia’s Jasmine Hassell with 16:21 remaining in the first half in Athens (Jan. 16) … scored only four points in the win at South Carolina (Jan. 9) but the last two tied the game at 59-all with 2:16 remaining; all three of her rebounds were on the defensive end and came in the final 8:40 … collected a career-best 14 rebounds in the win versus Navy (Nov. 27) … voted MVP of the Dead River Company Classic (Univ. of Maine), leading UF to the tournament title after she totaled 25 rebounds and 19 points in two games; grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds with nine rebounds in the championship game of the event vs. Navy (Nov. 27) … scored her 400th career point in the win versus South Alabama (Nov. 26), when she also collected 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the year … second double-double of the season was a 12-point, 13-rebound showing versus North Florida (Nov. 23) … posted 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win versus Charlotte for her first double-double of the year … voted team co-captain by her teammates … eight double-figure scoring games (most recently 14 points at Vandy, Feb. 25)… five double-figure rebounding games (most recently 11 at Vandy, Feb. 25)… four double-doubles (most recently 14 points-11 rebs at Vandy, Feb. 25).

 

Sophomore Year (2009-10)

Appeared in the first 25 games and 27 of 32 overall ...  started 23 games, including 17 straight midway through the year ... an MRI on Feb. 12 revealed a stress fracture in her left foot, causing her to miss the last five regular-season games: at Tennessee (Feb. 14), at Kentucky (Feb. 18), vs. Georgia (Feb. 21), at Vanderbilt (Feb. 24) & vs. Alabama (Feb. 28) … averaged 20.0 minutes ... led the SEC in field goal percentage (all games), hitting 61.9 percent (91-147) of her attempts to become the fifth different Gator to lead the league in shooting efficiency ... also led UF in blocked shots (46), while ranking third for scoring (8.7 ppg) and fourth for rebounding (3.6 rpg) ... blocked at least three shots in eight games ... led UF with 18 points, six rebounds and a career-high-tying four assists in the season-finale at Miami (March 21) in the WNIT Second Round ... played 14 minutes in the SEC Tournament game vs. Auburn (March 4), scoring eight points and blocking three shots and was efficient against USF (March 18) in the opening round of the WNIT, with 15 points and four blocks in 18 minutes on the floor ... scored in double figures in five of the 11 SEC games she played ... UF’s second-leading scorer in SEC games (9.0 ppg) ... 46 of her 98 total rebounds came on the offensive end ... foot injury limited her minutes against LSU (Feb. 11), when she played a season-low seven minutes and attempted just one shot, failing to score for the only this year ... held a streak of 13 straight games blocking at least one shot ... tied her career high of five blocked shots during the game versus Vanderbilt (Feb. 4), also tied for UF’s game-scoring honors with 13 points, hitting 5-of-7 ... coolly converted both ends of a 1-and-1 with 14 seconds remaining in the three-point win at Ole Miss (Jan. 31) ... career game in the double-overtime win against Auburn (Jan. 7), leading UF with 21 points, 11 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists, while hitting 9-of-9 from the free throw line in 40 minutes of action - all of those stats being career-highs ... sported a team-high and career-best streak of 15 consecutive made free throw attempts ... calmly sank two free throws with 12 seconds remaining in the first overtime period against Auburn that tied the game and helped send it into a second overtime ... shared game-high scoring honors with 12 points in the win at Arkansas (Jan. 2), hitting a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line ... tied then-career-high with 18 points in the win against Ohio (Dec. 28), hitting 6-of-7 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line in 18 minutes ... UF’s lone double-figure scorer in the balanced win over Southern (Dec. 20), when she tallied a then-career-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor ... grabbed a season-high six rebounds at FIU (Nov. 29), including two big defensive boards in the final three minutes that sealed a UF victory ... fouled out in 14 minutes against Stetson (Nov. 14) in the season-opener ... honored as the Most Improved Player (team award) and earned the Brickhouse Award (team award for practice intangibles) ... 10 double-figure scoring games ... one double-figure rebounding game ... one double-double

 

Freshman Year (2008-09)

Played in 28 of 32 games ... scored in all except four games and collected at least one rebound in all but three games she played ... averaged 10.8 minutes off the bench ... had her best game as a Gator in the loss at Vanderbilt (Feb. 12), scoring a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, grabbing seven rebounds in 24 minutes of action - all of those stats career-bests, as she tallied her first career double-figure scoring effort and was UF’s leading game-scorer for the first time ... scored in 10 of the last 11 games of the year ... 27 blocked shots were the second-most on the team ... in the regular-season finale at Georgia (March 1), scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds - with six offensive boards - in 14 minutes of action ... in the win versus Tennessee (Feb. 8), made a significant impact in seven minutes in the paint, collecting two rebounds, blocking one shot and hitting her lone field goal attempt  ... at South Carolina (Jan. 15), scored five points and grabbed three rebounds while playing 15 minutes, tying what had been her longest game action of the season ... at Alabama (Feb. 5), scored seven points with five rebounds, while recording an assist and a steal in 12 minutes of action ... had converted a career-best eight consecutive free throws, with the streak halted in her first attempt at South Carolina (Jan. 15) … shot 53.8 percent from the field and was the second-leading scorer off the bench … had been first post player off the bench until straining her left hip-flexor during the game against FAMU (Dec. 12) … did not play in the next four games (Pitt, Vermont, Miami-OH, Ohio) as a result … returned to the court with 6:37 remaining in the first half against Mississippi State (Jan. 8), when she saw seven minutes of action, scored two points and grabbed one rebound … tied her then-career-high of eight points in the comeback win at UAB (Dec. 3), where she hit 4-of-4 from the free throw line … key performance in UF’s upset win over No. 21/19 Arizona State (Nov. 29), scoring eight points on 4-of-4 shooting … collected a career-high six rebounds in her collegiate debut (at FGCU, Nov. 14), when she also scored her first collegiate points, putting back an offensive rebound at the 11:02 mark of the first half … college experience got off to an unusual start, as she had her left kidney removed on Sept. 10, 2008, when it was discovered that it was a non-functioning kidney that had an infection … recovering from the surgery kept her away from basketball and conditioning for nearly six weeks, however, was back on the court at practice on Oct. 21st and played in the first 11 games before straining her left hip-flexor … one double-figure scoring game.

 

High School

Graduated in June of 2008 from Notre Dame Academy (Middleburg, Va.), which she attended for her three years after schooling at Alexandra Park School in London ... 2008 EA Sports First Team All-American … 2008 Hoopgurlz.com First Team All-American … Notre Dame ranked No. 4 in the final 2008 ESPN HIGH Elite 25 national poll after compiling a 28-2 overall record … prep team entered 2007-08 preseason No. 1 … led the Dragons her senior season in scoring with 13.8 points per game, while collecting 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and shooting 73 percent from the floor … averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks her junior season, when she helped the Dragons to a No. 5 ranking in the final USA Today national poll after posting a 29-1 record, their lone loss to top-ranked Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.), which featured 2008-09 Gator newcomer Jordan Jones … recognized as a 2005-06 First-Team All-State Honorable Mention performer in Division I, while collecting All-Tournament honors for the 2007 Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout and the 2006 Flint Hill Tip-Off Classic … played with the famed Boo Williams Summer League travel team during the 2006 and 2007 summer … coached at Notre Dame by hoops legend Mike Teasley.

 

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Career Statistics: Azania Stewart

 

 

 

Total

3-Point

 

 

Rebounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year

GP-GS

Min/Avg

FG-FGA

Pct

FG-FGA

Pct

FT-FTA

Pct

Off-Def

Tot

Avg

PF-FO

Ast

TO

Blk

Stl

Pts/Avg

2008-09

28-0

301/10.8

42-78

.538

0-0

.000

26-47

.553

41-33

74

2.6

53-0

9

31

27

11

110/3.9

2009-10

27-23

539/20.0

91-147

.619

0-0

.000

54-78

.692

46-52

98

3.6

81-3

26

50

46

12

236/8.7

2010-11

35-33

843/24.1

97-184

.527

0-0

.000

38-59

.644

98-116

214

6.1

92-4

37

68

62

19

232/6.6

2011-12

33-28

824/25.0

87-174

.500

0-1

.000

33-49

.673

83-98

181

5.5

100-2

36

58

70

40

207/6.3

TOTAL

123-84

2507/20.4

317-583

.544

0-1

.000

151-233

.648

268-299

567

4.6

326-9

108

207

205

82

785/6.4

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SEC Only Statistics: Azania Stewart

 

 

 

Total

3-Point

 

 

Rebounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year

GP-GS

Min/Avg

FG-FGA

Pct

FG-FGA

Pct

FT-FTA

Pct

Off-Def

Tot

Avg

PF-FO

Ast

TO

Blk

Stl

Pts/Avg

2008-09

14-0

150/10.7

21-42

.500

0-0

.000

10-20

.500

24-16

40

2.9

26-0

5

14

13

5

52/3.7

2009-10

11-10

255/23.2

35-66

.530

0-0

.000

29-36

.806

24-24

48

4.4

33-2

13

21

25

5

99/9.0

2010-11

16-14

392/24.5

42-81

.519

0-0

.000

14-21

.667

37-50

87

5.4

45-3

16

31

32

7

98/6.1

2011-12

16-12

408/25.5

36-73

.493

0-1

.000

18-30

.600

32-50

82

5.1

47-1

18

26

29

21

90/5.6

TOTAL

57-36

1205/21.1

134-262

.511

0-1

.000

71-107

.664

117-140

257

4.5

151-6

52

92

99

38

339/5.9

 

 

 

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