UConn's Stevens skipping final season, entering WNBA draft

4/2/2018 7:50:27 PM EST

Suddenly, the UConn women's basketball team can't stop losing.

Less than 72 hours after suffering their first loss of the season -- a loss in the Final Four that ended their season -- the Huskies on Monday lost one of their more important players.

Junior Azurá Stevens, a transfer from Duke who won both the American Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year awards, announced she is skipping her final year of college eligibility and entering the WNBA draft.

"It's been a lifelong dream for me to play in the WNBA, and I'm excited for this opportunity God has presented me with," Stevens said in a statement released by the school.

"We wish Azurá nothing but the best and we're going to be there to support her in any way we can," UConn coach Geno Auriemma added in the same statement.

Stevens averaged 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in her only season in Storrs. She helped the Huskies to a 36-0 start, but the team fell two wins short of a national championship.

Notre Dame beat UConn 91-89 in a national semifinal on Friday night, two days before the Irish beat Mississippi State to win the national championship.

--Field Level Media