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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Who will emerge today?

I've always found the dynamics of recent UConn/Stanford games to be unlike any other game on the Huskies  schedule.

While both teams annually have some of the nation's best offensive players, you can pretty much bank on points coming from unlikely sources.

In last year's game the offensive star was Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis who had a game-high 25 points. Seeing Mosqueda-Lewis light it up it hardly a new phenomenon but it was impressive to see her deliver such a dynamic effort in her third career game. On the other side of the court, freshman Jasmine Camp went off for 14 points and three assists.

The last time the Huskies played at Maples Pavilion, Jeanette Pohlen erupted for a career-high 31 points in a 71-59 Stanford win as the Cardinal snapped Connecticut's NCAA Division I record 90-game winning streak.

When UConn beat Stanford in Hartford in 2009, it was Kaleena Greene had 17 points and nine rebounds.

It will be interesting to see how UConn's three freshman respond in a hostile environment or how a player like Brianna Banks reacts as well. The good news for UConn is that freshman Morgan Tuck will play today after missing the last two games with a bone bruise in her right knee.

For Stanford, underrated starters Toni Kokenis and Mikaela Ruef could emerge as vital offensive cogs for the Cardinal while 3-point threats like Taylor Greenfield and Bonnie Samuelson could play a role in the game's outcome.

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