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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Breanna Stewart stars again for U-19 squad

UConn rising sophomore Breanna Stewart was the leading scorer for the U.S. squad for the third time in as many games in the FIBA U-19 World Championship for Women.

Stewart had 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals to lead six U.S. players in double figures in a 103-26 win over Mali in the final game in Pool D.

UConn guard Moriah Jefferson is all smiles despite sitting out the win
over Mali with a sprained left wrist. She is listed as day to day.
UConn Class of 2014 recruiting target A'ja Wilson had 11 points and 12 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double. UConn rising sophomore Morgan Tuck finished with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals as the U.S. finished 3-0 in the first stage of pool play. All three wins carry over to the second round.

UConn recruiting target A'ja Wilson
recorded another double-double
UConn's Moriah Jefferson sprained her left wrist in Friday's win over China and did not play. She is considered to be day by day heading forward.

The U.S. plays Netherlands on Monday, China on Tuesday and undefeated France on Wednesday.

Here are quotes from Stewart courtesy of USA Basketball.

What do you think of the team’s play over the course of the first round?
 I think everybody’s played really good so far. We had some tough games against China. We didn’t know what to expect really from Lithuania or Mali. I think just playing when you’re not sure how the other team is going to be, I think it really helps, because that’s how it is the majority of the tournament. We don’t know everything about these teams.

What kind of goals were set for the team tonight and did you achieve them?
 Goals that we set for ourselves, we wanted to shoot 60 percent from two and 45 percent from three. I think we achieved them, we came close to them at least. We also wanted to try to really increase our assist-to-turnover ration.

Were you trying to work on anything in particular after the game was in hand?
 We were working on changing our defenses on the fly. We did that a lot. And really having people out there being vocal about it, because we’re not going to be able to hear coach Meier all the time and someone’s going to have to take charge and call the defense.

What have you been doing off the court?
 We’ve been checking out the view (of the countryside). We’ve been hanging in my room, playing cards, watching TV if there’s an English channel, just hanging out with my teammates


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