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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

UConn's passing fancy is contagious

It's hard to put too much stock into what transpired in the two preseason games against overmatched Division II teams but one thing that jumped out at me during tonight's 93-28 win over Philadelphia was how well Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, who were named preseason Associated Press All-Americans earlier in the game, were able to get their teammates involved.

Mosqueda-Lewis led UConn with eight assists while Stewart had six assists as the Huskies wrapped up preseason play with another emphatic victory.

"I try to get assists as much as possible," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "Today it was more of a focus. I was trying to get the walk-ons involved, get Saniya (Chong) comfortable and just try to get our whole team into the rhythm of running our offense. Today wasn't about scoring, it was about our team getting better."

Mosqueda-Lewis had seven of her eight assists in the first half and by halftime Stewart already had 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots.

"As a teammate on this team everybody is comfortable with passing it and giving it to them a shot if they are open because we know they can knock it down," Stewart said. "Just being able to have more people involved in the play, more involved in the scoring it is going to be more beneficial when our opponents are trying to stop us on defense."

UConn coach Geno Auriemma believes this has the potential to be an exception passing team.

"I've said this ever since I started practicing that having three really good passers on the floor is really key, you have four and that is unusual and for us we have 4 1/2 really good passers and that is really unusual for most teams and I think that is what makes us difficult to defend right now," Auriemma said. "That could change because the competition is going to change on Saturday and Monday but right now that is what I am seeing that the good passing is contagious just like bad passing."

A few notes from the game.

With a tender ankle sidelining Moriah Jefferson, Morgan Tuck got the start and she led the Huskies with 16 points in just 17 minutes.

Kiah Stokes had six points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in the second half and finished with 12 points, a team-high 13 rebounds and six  blocked shots.

"That is the challenge for her and for everybody else, every other big kid kind of a way to sustain what you do that is really good," Auiremma said. "The ability to do it for long periods of time, the ability to do something on Friday and do it again on Saturday and then Sunday, then next Tuesday, then next Thursday so we all know what to expect. Once you start doing it then we expect, you expect it, everybody expects it and that is kind of what Kiah's challenge is to come out and do some of things that you do well and do them more often, if you could get that would be pretty good, that would be really good."
Freshman walk-on Tierney Lawlor from Ansonia scored her first points as a Husky with a pair of free throws with 1:37 to play.

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