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Defending national champion UConn women are a unanimous choice to win the American Conference

  • UConn head coach Geno Auriemma is interviewed during the American Athletic Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day, in New York,  Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    UConn head coach Geno Auriemma is interviewed during the American Athletic Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • UConn women's basketball players Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, and Kiah Stokes, left to right, listen to coaches' remarks during the American Athletic Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day, in New York,  Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    UConn women's basketball players Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, and Kiah Stokes, left to right, listen to coaches' remarks during the American Athletic Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • UConn junior forward Breanna Stewart is interviewed during the American Athletic Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day, in New York,  Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    UConn junior forward Breanna Stewart is interviewed during the American Athletic Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

Defending national champion UConn is the unanimous choice to win the American Athletic Conference.

Huskies junior forward Breanna Stewart was chosen as the preseason player of the year and UConn freshman Kia Nurse was picked as the league's preseason rookie of the year in a poll released Thursday.

The Huskies received 10 first place votes with South Florida picking up the other one. Coaches aren't allowed to vote for their own teams.

Stewart was joined on the conference preseason first team by teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson. Courtney Williams of South Florida and Ariel Hearn of Memphis also earned first team honors.

South Florida is picked to finish second in the conference followed by East Carolina, Temple, Tulane, Memphis, SMU, Cincinnati, Tulsa, UCF and Houston.