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Monday, January 21, 2013

Freshman Jones delivering for Duke

More than a few eyes will be on UConn's Breanna Stewart tonight but she won't be the only freshman in the spotlight.

Alexis Jones has scored in double figures four times this season but her biggest impact has come on the defensive end . She has 10 steals in the last three games and has had multiple steals 10 times in 16 seasons

"Lex is a tremendous impact first-year player, very confident, understands what we are going defensively and is not afraid to distribute the ball and do all sorts of things on the floor," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "She can also learn from Chelsea (Gray), the older (guard) and Elizabeth (Williams) had more time, I think that is a really special thing they have out there, Chelsea the ability to mentor her and bring her along."

UConn coach Geno Auriemma has been impressed with the way Jones worked her way into the starting lineup immediately.

"Being a freshman, you find out what somebody is really good at and you throw them out there, tell them to go be good at it and she seems to have blended in like she has been there a bunch of times," Auriemma said. "I think when you have a really solid guard like Chelsea Gray, somebody can come in. It was like when Renee (Montgomery) was here and somebody like Caroline (Doty) or Tiffany (Hayes), you just throw them out there and you have a really good guard and you just kind of guide you along in whatever you want to do."


Anonymous Casual Observer said...

Too bad Rebecca was told to promote Gray and Williams the entire game, regardless of the score. Duke was lost without Jones. Wells played decent in place of Gray.

5:21 AM 

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