Jan. 2, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The top-ranked Huskies will wrap up their first conference road set when they visit Memphis for a 3:00pm date on Jan. 4 in Tennessee. UConn (14-0, 2-0 American) dispatched UCF on Wednesday by a score of 77-49 in the first of the two-game away trip. Memphis (7-4, 0-1 American) dropped its conference home-opener against Temple on Dec. 29 by a final score of 63-59. SNY will provide live coverage of Saturday’s contest with online streaming available through ESPN3.
Wednesday’s win over UCF marked UConn’s 20th consecutive victory dating back to the opening game of last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Huskies have jumped out to a 14-0 start this season, outscoring opponent s by an average of 36.7 points. Connecticut sits atop the conference standings as the only unbeaten team in the American at 14-0, while No. 7 Louisville ranks second at 14-1 (2-0 American).
Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) started the New Year off right with a 25 point, 12 rebound double-double against UCF on Wednesday. The senior matched her career-high by making 11 baskets and sinking 3-of-4 free throw attempts. The center also tacked on an assist and three blocks to her peformance. Dolson has posted stellar numbers so far in her senior season, ranking second on the squad in scoring with 14.2 points per game and leading the team with 10.1 rebounds per contest.
Despite a 3-for-13 night from the floor, UConn’s leading scorer Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds against UCF. The sophomore has tallied twelve double-digit games this season including six games with 20 or more points. In addition to her offensive abilities, Stewart’s numbers also rank her atop the defense. She leads the squad with 39 blocked shots and ranks second in defensive rebounds, averaging 5.6 boards per game behind Dolson’s 7.7.
Sophomore sparkplug Moriah Jefferson (Glen Heights, Texas) provides jump to the Husky lineup. She possesses the second-highest assists per game average on the team (4.5) in addition to posting a team-best 33 steals to rank third in the American for takeaways. Behind teammate Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.), Jefferson ranks second in the conference with an assists-to-turnovers ratio of 2.5. Hartley owns a team and league-best 3.0 assists to turnover ratio.