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Friday, January 31, 2014

UConn sharing the wealth

It's not an uncommon occurrence to go leafing through the pages of the UConn media guide to try to put one of the current player's accomplishments into statistical perspective.

Certain Breanna Stewart's 37-point masterpiece against Temple was a perfect example but that was not the only entry in the box score which caught my eye.

With Moriah Jefferson having 12 assists and Bria Hartley dishing out 11 assists, three times in the last 18 games there has been a Husky with at least 11 assists in a game as Stefanie Dolson had 11 assists as part of a triple-double against Oregon.

So how rare is that feat? Well, in the previous 10 seasons UConn had two games when a player had at least 11 assists as Renee Montgomery had 13 against Oklahoma on Nov. 30, 2008 and Ketia Swanier had 11 against Notre Dame on Jan. 27, 2008. The last UConn had three players with at least 11 assists in a game was NEVER. During the 2001-02 season there were three such games but Sue Bird had two of them and Diana Taurasi had the other.

"I didnt look at it that much but when somebody told me that those guys had that many assists, I was really surprised," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "I didn't notice it but if you think about it, if one person makes 15 field goals and she doesn't play a whole lot of 1 on 1, those passes have to come from some place but I didn't put it together until somebody mentioned it to me.

"You hope when somebody gets hot like that, you find them but that is kind of unusual that you have two people in double figures in assists. We have become a really good passing team and it does become contagious."

UConn had a starting lineup where all five players have the ability to pile up the assists which helps increase the number of assists.

"It is awesome for them," Dolson said. "For me I wasn't surprised because they do pass the ball so well. Mo has had seven, eight, nine assists in a few games so for her to get (12) and Bria get 11, it was awesome and I was real happy."

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Anonymous Joe said...

If you pay attention, you will notice that nearly EVERY UConn basket is either off an assist, or a steal with a breakaway layup.

Were this ice hockey and they also awarded secondary assists, UConn would be off the charts.

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