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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Finally a double-double for UConn's Hartley

Bria Hartley has been tantalizingly close to that elusive first collegiate double-double before.

Twice she pulled down nine rebounds and in two other games she had nine assists in a game. Well, the wait came to an end as the senior guard has 16 points and a career-high 11 assists in Tuesday's 93-56 win over Temple.

"I was pretty excited when I saw it," Hartley said. "I've always said I wanted to get a double-double, I have come close a couple of times but I am not a rebounder so it is tough. Assists, you have to count on people making shots. It is really exciting."

Hartley knows a good thing when she sees it and with the way Breanna Stewart was scoring at will, she fed her teammate with passes early and often. Of Hartley's 11 assists, seven came on baskets by Stewart.

Stewart's performance was downright incredible and she scored in every imaginable way. But as impressive as scoring 37 points is, it has been done before. However, I'm not sure that UConn ever had a game when two players hit the double-digit mark in assists as Moriah Jefferson ended up with 12.

On the train ride back to New Haven I started going back through the yearly UConn stats and the last time I found a Connecticut player hitting double digits in assists (before Stefanie Dolson's 11 against Oregon earlier this season) came during the 2007-08 season when Ketia Swanier had 11 assists against Notre Dame and Renee Montgomery had 10 in a win over Providence. But going back to the 2001-02 season I didn't find an occasion when there were two Huskies with at least 10 assists in the same game. Looking back to the 1994-95 campaign, UConn has nearly matched the number of 11-assist games as Swanier, Diana Taurasi (12 vs. Ball State in 2001), Sue Bird (12 vs. Fairfield in 2001) and Svetlana Abrosimova (11 vs. Georgia in 2000) where only ones I found.

"I don't care who shoots it and I don't care at what point, but if can rebound the basketball, if we can force a turnover it would be a shame if we take all those really good offensive players we have and we don't get a quality shot every time down the court," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We've really accomplished that goal."

Before the game it was announced that the Feb. 9 game against Louisville is sold out and only scattered tickets remain for the Mar. 1 game against Rutgers, which will serve as the "Senior Day" game where seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley will be honored before playing in their final regular-season home game. That could be the day when the duo will be inducted into the Huskies of Honor.

Speaking of honors, the Feb. 4 home game against SMU will be the one where UConn recognizes its top student-athletes with a parade of the players in all sports who attained a 3.0 in either the spring or fall semesters.


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