Stewart returns in impressive fashion
In reality, Stewart didn't look like her herself until a dazzling offensive stretch late in the game when she scored 12 of the Huskies final 15 points.
"I think I kept gaining momentum and gaining confidence," said Stewart, who had 12 of her 20 points in a span of 3:16. "It was nice to see the ball go through the basket. It definitely helps. Obviously I wasn't on the court the last couple of games and it was something I was really looking forward to do and coming out and playing so obviously when you make shots you are going to feel better."
In the last four games that she played Stewart struggling shooting the ball as she was 13 for 38 from the field.
Although she missed some shots that she probably would like back, UConn coach Geno Auriemma liked the shots that Stewart took - for the most part.
HITTING THE RECRUITING TRAIL
After tomorrow's game against Duke, UConn is off until playing at Cincinnati on Saturday so it will give Auriemma a chance to check out some prospects.
His first stop will be in South Carolina as he is expected to be in attendance when A'ja Wilson and her Heathwood Hall Episcopal squad hosts Orangeburg Prep on Tuesday. The 6-foot-5 Wilson has scored at least 30 points in her last four games and over the last five games is shooting nearly 80 percent from the field.
Assistant coach Shea Ralph missed Friday's practice but she had a good reason but she had a good reason as she was in Sparks, Nev. watching highly-touted junior guard Gabby Williams lead her Reed High team to an 85-61 win over Spanish Springs. Williams, one of the best players at the Nike Tournament of Champions, did not disappoint with 23 points, six rebounds, seven assists, six steals and three blocked shot. Unfortunately Williams was injured during Saturday's loss to Reno.
Williams is an intriguing prospect. During the summer she competed in the high school at the U.S. Olympic trials. She ended up finishing fifth by clearing 6 feet, 2.25 inches which tied the national record for a high school sophomore set by the legendary Amy Acuff.
It will be an interesting recruiting process for Williams who has stated her desire to both play basketball and compete in track and field in college as well as focusing her attention on making the 2016 Olympic team when she is a sophomore.