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Friday, June 01, 2012

Another dynamic effort for Breanna Stewart

UConn incoming freshman Breanna Stewart finished the four-day U-18 national team training camp in style scoring 25 points and adding five rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots as the U.S. U-18 squad defeated Brazil 97-36.

Fellow UConn signee Morgan Tuck, one of the U.S. team captains along with Stewart, finished with 15 points. Moriah Jefferson, the third future UConn player on the U-18 team, did not play because of a hand injury she suffered in a practice on Tuesday. Jefferson's injury is not considered to be serious but the U.S. medical staff wasn't willing to take an unnecessary risk by playing Jefferson in an exhibition game.

Syracuse commit Brittney Sykes finished with 12 points and 11 assists.

"We’ve had six practices, and to be able play that team defense is impressive," U.S. U-18 coach Katie Meier said in the official USA Basketball release. "I thought we shared the ball very, very well. Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck set the tone. They are the captains, and they are just doing a great job."

Before the U-18 teams squared off the U.S. and Brazilian U-17 teams played in a friendly also at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

Diamond DeShields led four U.S. players in double figures with 15 points and she added three assists and four steals to lead the U.S. to an 80-38 win. As for the players on UConn's recruiting radar Linnae Harper had seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, Brianna Turner had four points and four rebounds while Erica McCall had two points, three rebounds and a blocked shot.

After a productive training camp the coaches canceled the final practice set for tomorrow morning as a reward. The team member will do a little sightseeing since they spent four days in the head of Walt Disney World.

I returned home about an hour ago after spending three days at the training camp. Thanks to everybody who checked out this blog. The blog never had more hits than it did on Thursday and Wednesday's page view total was the third most ever. That figures to be of assistance the next time I have a chance to do something like this. Although I am back, there are more stories and/or blogs to come from my time in Florida. Tomorrow I will post blogs about Harper and McCall and I believe my expanded feature on Breanna Stewart will run in Sunday's paper.

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