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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sophs impressive in Paradise Jam opener

While the 20 points scored by freshman Breanna Stewart and season debut of junior All-American guard Bria Hartley might be the top story lines, something else caught my eye in UConn's Paradise Jam opener.

UConn's three sophomores also had solid games. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in a 95-26 win over Wake Forest but seeing her fill up the stat sheet us nothing new. Her classmates, Brianna Banks and Kiah Stokes, continue to make an impact.

Banks had 12 points and a team-high 6 assists while Stokes finished with 4 points, a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Consistency has not been one of Stokes' calling card in her brief time at UConn so seeing her follow up a strong effort against Texas A&M with another solid effort is encouraging. If Banks and Stokes can consistently provide quality minutes off the bench it will make an already powerful squad downright scary especially on defense as Banks can be a disruptive force at the front of the press while Stokes offers a shot-blocking presence.

Hartley missed nearly all if preseason drills and the first two games with a sprained ankle. Hartley didn't start but had eight points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

UConn plays Marist tomorrow at 8:15 p.m. before wrapping up play against Purdue on Saturday night.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kaleena's body language during her Marist post game interview on SNY could be interpreted as not being happy playing second fiddle to Stewart.

11:29 PM 

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