Breanna Stewart was just 14 years old when she was named to her first USA Basketball team, which was the inaugural USA Women’s U16 National Team in 2009.
At the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, Stewart averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game to help the USA top five-straight opponents by an average of 70.0 points per game.
The next summer, Stewart traveled to Spain for exhibition games and then France to compete in the inaugural FIBA U17 World Cup in 2010. The team visited the historic town of Conques, France.
Stewart won her second gold medal as the USA captured the 2010 U17 gold medal with an 8-0 record. She averaged team second-bests of 12.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Stewart remains the USA women’s U17 record holder for single-game points (30 vs. Japan) and field goals made (13 vs. Japan) and for single-competition free throws attempted (38 in eight games).
At just 16 years old, Stewart suited up in her first FIBA U19 World Cup in 2011, where she was named to the five-member all-tournament team after averaging a team-high 11.2 points per game to go with 7.3 rebounds per game.
Five-time Olympic medalist in gymnastics, including 2008 all-around gold, Nastia Liukin joined the 2011 U19 team for a day of training in Florida.
A few months later in 2011, Stewart became one of just two U.S. high school athletes in USA Basketball history to be named to a Pan American Games team, competing in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Stewart was named MVP at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, where she averaged a U.S. and tournament second-best 14.0 points per game to capture her fourth gold medal.
She suited up in her second FIBA U19 World Cup competition in 2013 – earning MVP honors as she averaged 16.9 points per game. She is one of five U.S. women to have competed in two USA U19 World Cup Teams.
At the 2013 FIBA U19 World Cup, Stewart set U.S. women’s U19 competition records for total points scored (152 over nine games) and 3-point percentage (.583, 14-24 3pt FGs). Additionally, her 8-of-8 performance from the free throw line versus Lithuania remains tied for the second-best USA U19 women’s single-game free throw shooting.
Stewart’s first experience with the USA Women’s National Team came at the 2013 October minicamp in Las Vegas.
Stewart’s first gold medal as a member of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team was won at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey, and at the opening tip off, she became the USA’s youngest World Cup Team member (20 years, one month) since Kara Wolters (18) in 1994.
Shooting 7-of-7 from the free throw line versus Angola in 2014, Stewart is tied with Diana Taurasi for first in the U.S. women’s World Cup free throw percentage records.
Stewart took part in her second Pan American Games competition in 2015, helping the USA to a silver medal. She is pictured here with her teammates on their way to the Opening Ceremony.
Stewart is first in the U.S. women’s Pan American Games record books for single-competition rebounds averaged (11.3 in 2011), single-game rebounds (21 in 2011) and career blocked shots (15); and second for single-competition points (18.6 in 2015) and blocks averaged (2.3 in 2011) and second for career points (154) and career rebounds (90).
Stewart competed for the USA Women’s National Team during its 2015 European Tour (4-0) prior to her senior year at Connecticut.
Stewart also took part in USA Basketball Women’s National Team minicamps in May 2015 in Las Vegas and February 2016 in Storrs, Connecticut.
With her 2016 Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janiero, Stewart become one of just 11 females to have earned an Olympic gold medal, FIBA World Cup gold medal, WNBA title and NCAA title.
Shooting 73.3% from the field in 2016 (22-30 FGs), Stewart lists second in the U.S. Olympic women’s record book for career field-goal percentage and third for single-competition field goal percentage.
In helping the USA to gold at the 2016 Olympics, Stewart averaged 8.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game.
In 2017, Stewart participated in the USA’s September training camp in Santa Barbara, California.
Stewart helped the 2018 USA Women’s National Team to an 83-46 exhibition victory over China on April 26 in Seattle.
Stewart won her second FIBA World Cup gold medal in 2018 in Spain – averaging a team-high 16.3 points per game, along with 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
She was named MVP of the 2018 FIBA World Cup and is believed to be the first FIBA U19 World Cup MVP to earn FIBA World Cup MVP honors.
Stewart returned to the court for the first time since rupturing her Achilles in March 2019 for the 2020 USA Women’s National Team's game against her alumni, the University of Connecticut, on Jan. 27.
Stewart also helped the USA to a 97-54 victory over the University of Louisville on Feb. 2, 2020.
Most recently, Stewart helped the USA to a 3-0 record at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament that was played Feb. 6-9, 2020, in Belgrade, Serbia.
Stewart will be among the USA Basketball Women’s National Team members looking to make the roster for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.
Through the Years: Breanna Stewart
2016 USA Women's National Team Practice (7/28/16)