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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stewart, Hartley deliver for UConn

The way things started it seemed as if it might be a long afternoon offensively for the nation's top-ranked team. UConn missed three of its first 11 shots and a couple of the errant shots were absolute head scratchers.

Then the shots began to fall and fall and fall ...

Beginning with Breanna Stewart's 3-pointer the Huskies made nine straight shots including seven from 3-point range to turn what was a competitive game into a runaway.

"With Stef (Dolson) down there they are going to double here a lot and we are going to be open," said Stewart, who had a career-high five 3-pointers and matched her career high with 29 points.

At one point the Huskies were 10 of 11 from 3-point range and as it was, the 10 treys in the first half would have tied for the third best total for the team this season. UConn finished with 14 3-pointers which is tied for the fourth best in UConn history.

Bria Hartley was 6 of 7 from 3-point range which is the best showing for a Husky attempting at least four treys since Caroline Doty was 6 of 6 against Oklahoma on Nov. 30, 2008. Hartley now had two games with six 3s in the last three games. The 55 points scored by Stewart and Hartley is the most for a pair of UConn teammates since Tiffany Hayes had 33 points and Stefanie Dolson 22 against South Florida on Jan. 27, 2012.

"I  think as a team when that is happening, you always realize that whether it is yourself going or somebody else like Stewie going today" Hartley said. "I think we just kind of get excited and try to get those people who are hitting shots the ball more."

UConn also committed just five turnovers matching the best showing in that department this season and it is just the fifth time in program history. The record is three in a Feb. 22, 2005 game against Pittsburgh. It should be noted that turnovers only started being included in UConn's record book starting with the 1994-95 season.


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