Dec. 26, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Top-ranked UConn women’s basketball welcomes Cincinnati to Gampel Pavilion on Sunday evening for the program's first American Athletic Conference game. The Huskies (12-0) and Bearcats (7-4) have gone head-to-head on eight occasions in the past with UConn winning all eight games since the initial meeting in Jan. 2006. Fans unable to attend the game can catch all of the action live on ESPN with Bob Picozzi and LaChina Robinson on the call.
Prior to the game, UConn will induct the 2003 and 2004 National Championship teams into the Huskies of Honor wall. Several key members of those two teams will be on hand.
The Series vs. Cincinnati
The Huskies and Bearcats have met once per season for consecutive years since the 2005-06 season. UConn has not relinquished a game to Cincinnati, handily winning by an average margin of 30.5 points in the series. The two teams most recently crossed paths last season in a 67-31 UConn win. Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) tallied a game-high 15 points to lead the offense. On the defensive end, Dolson logged both a block and a steal to help a defensive effort that limited Cincinnati to the second-lowest point total of all UConn opponents last season.
The Stewart Show at Madison Square Garden
Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) notched consecutive double-double games and averaged 26.5 points against two ranked opponents last week to earn Conference and National Player of the Week accolades. Stewart shot 54.1 percent in the games, dropping 24 points against second-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor. The New York native put on a show at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22, tying her career high with a 29-point performance against No. 20 California.
The sophomore has logged three-straight 20-plus point performances and six overall. On only two occasions has the Syracuse native failed to hit double-digit points. The Preseason American Player of the Year enters her first conference game averaging 19.3 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per contest, also dishing out 3.0 assists per game.
Kaleena Is Back
Looking strong in her first two games back in action has been Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.). The junior set a career-best with seven 3-pointers off the bench against Duke in her first game since Nov. 11. In the Classic, the California native hit 2-of-3 attempts from behind the arc to finish with 10 points and 5 boards in 26 minutes of action. Since returning to the court on Dec. 17, the junior has shot 64.2 percent from long range and grabbed eight rebounds.
Five Huskies currently average double-digit points per game. In addition to Stewart’s team-leading 19.3 points per game, Bria Hartley (North Babyblon, N.Y.), Dolson, Mosqueda-Lewis, and Moriah Jefferson (Glen Heights, Texas) all register double figure averages in the scoring department. Hartley, who ranks second on the team with 14.6 points per game, also leads the team in assists with 5.2 per contest. The North Babylon native boasts eight double-digit scoring games this season, scoring 20-plus in three of those contests. Like Stewart, she has matched her career-best of 29 points this season when she went 10-for-20 from the floor and tacked on four free throws against Penn State on Nov. 17. Hartley has consistently posts a high assists-to-turnover ratio, currently sitting at a rate of 3.3 assists/turnovers.
Dolson, who posted the program’s second triple-double against Oregon on Nov. 20, has registered eight double-digit games this season. She averages a double-double through twelve games, bringing down 10.0 rebounds per game and tallying 13.9 points per outing in addition to averaging 4.1 helpers per game.
Moriah Jefferson rounds out the top-five leading scorers with 10.6 pointer per game. The sophomore opened the season with a career-high 17 points against Hartford and matched that marker on Nov. 23 against Monmouth. Her 30 in twelve games steals sits atop the team leaderboards for takeaways. In games when Jefferson forces at least one turnover, the Huskies have average 9.4 steals as a team.
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