Nov. 29, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – After a brief break in game action, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team resumes its game schedule on Sunday, Dec. 1 to wrap up Hall of Fame Challenge action. The Huskies will face Ohio State at 5:30pm in Springfield, Mass. ESPN2 will provide televised coverage of the contest as the Huskies look to extend their undefeated season record against the Buckeyes.
UConn faces Ohio State after a brief seven day break from games. The Huskies rattled off the first eight games of their season in just a 16-day span. The stretch featured three top-25 ranked teams in the early going and concluded with three consecutive game days as part of the Hall of Fame Challenge.
The Huskies and Buckeyes first met at center court in the 2010-11 season at Madison Square Garden. UConn claimed the lone meeting by a score of 81-50 as the 88th win of the Huskies’ record 90-game win streak.
Connecticut has received balanced contributions from the entire lineup this season, with five players either tying or setting career-high point totals in the first eight games. The senior duo of Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) and Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.) have posted big performances for the Huskies, each earning Player of the Week Honors from the American Athletic Conference on Nov. 25 and Nov. 18, respectively. Dolson recorded the second triple-double in UConn women’s basketball history and followed that performance with her third double-double of the year against St. Bonaventure on Sunday evening. Hartley matched her career-high in points against Penn State with 29. Hartley contributed a season-best nine assists against St. Bonaventure, showing her danger as a scoring and passing threat. The duo is currently tied for second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.0 points apiece.
Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) has caught fire for the Huskies. Of the eight games Connecticut has played this winter, Stewart has posted double-digit points in seven, including four 20-plus point efforts in the last six games. Breanna leads the team in scoring, averaging an impressive 18.9 points per game while posting a .524 shooting percentage from the floor. Stewart, Hartley, and Dolson, along with teammate Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, were all named to the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List on Monday morning.
Also stepping up for Connecticut has been junior Kiah Stokes (Marion, Iowa). The center netted a career-best 19 points against St. Bonaventure on Sunday and has found consistency with steady defensive numbers in all games played. Stokes leads the team with 26 blocked shots on the season, averaging 3.3 per game in addition to her 9.3 average rebounds per contest. No aspect of her game has been more solid than her shooting percentage. The junior also boasts a team-best shooting percentage, hitting a remarkably consistent 26-of-39 from the floor for a 66.7 field goal percentage through eight games.