Feb. 28, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – UConn women’s basketball will host No. 24 Rutgers on Saturday, March 1. As the final regular season home game, the event will serve as Senior Day for veteran leaders Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) and Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.).
CBS Sports Network will carry the game on national television. Fans who are unable to attend or view the game can tune into the UConn/IMG Radio Network with Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske on the call.
A pregame ceremony honoring the accomplishments of Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley will take place at exactly 3:42pm ET. Fans are encouraged to arrive early so as not to miss the program, in which the duo will be inducted into the Huskies of Honor. The event will be streamed for free on uconnhuskies.com by following THIS LINK.
Top-ranked UConn (29-0, 16-0 American) seeks its 36th consecutive victory dating back to March of last season. The Huskies’ current run of 35 wins marks just the third-longest streak in program history behind a 70-game span from 2001-03 and the longest streak in college basketball history of 90 games from 2008-2010. Connecticut owns a 31-6 all-time record against Rutgers, winning the last 11 contests between the two programs.
Saturday’s matchup marks a rematch of the Huskies’ 94-64 win over the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway on Jan. 19. Fittingly, Bria Hartley shined in the win with a career-high 30 points. Hartley was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season following that weekend, also earning WBCA National Player of the Week Recognition.
The senior tandem of Hartley and Dolson has been instrumental in top-ranked UConn’s success this season. In their four years at Connecticut the two have accumulated a 133-11 record, three consecutive Final Four appearances and a National Championship. Both have been named All-Americans, with Hartley achieving the honor in her sophomore season and Dolson receiving the laurels as a junior. The duo are both members of UConn’s 1,000-point club. Hartley enters Saturday’s game with 1,827 career points while Dolson owns 1,672. The pair are currently in the running for the Wooden, Wade, and Naismith Trophies, while Dolson has been named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and Hartley is among 22 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award.
Rebounding from a challenging junior campaign, Hartley has posted the best numbers of her career in her senior season. The North Babylon, N.Y. native is averaging 16.6 points per game and 4.2 assists per game, both of which rank second-highest on the squad. She has set career-highs in points and assists this season, tallying 30 points against Rutgers and dishing out 11 assists at Temple on Jan. 28 that represented her first-ever double-double at UConn. Until this season, Hartley had never posted back-to-back 20 point games in her career at Connecticut, but the senior has done so in three consecutive contests on two separate occasions this year. Perhaps at no time this season has she been more consistently dominant than in her last 13 games, across which she has averaged 20.4 points, 3.7 assists and shot an impressive 53.6 percent from the floor. In that span Hartley has racked up 265 points compared with the 609 points UConn opponents have recorded over the last 13 games.
An impressively versatile player and big-time leader for the Huskies, Dolson has also recorded stellar numbers so far in her final season at Connecticut. The Port Jervis, N.Y. native ranks third on the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game and leads the squad with 9.1 rebounds per contest. She enters Saturday’s contest six rebounds shy of becoming the fifth member of UConn’s 1,000-point/1,000-rebound club. Her 69 total blocks are a season-best for the senior and have helped the team tie the program single-season record with 250 rejections on the year. Among her many accomplishments, Stefanie Dolson recorded UConn’s second triple-double on Nov. 20 against Oregon, notching 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.
Following Saturday’s game, the Huskies will travel to No. 3 Louisville to close out the regular season Monday night in Kentucky.
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