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Friday, January 03, 2014

UConn's Stewart in select company

Breanna Stewart was fully cognizant of who came before her at UConn and it was a chance to add to the Huskies' legacy which led to her to sign up to play for Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma.

While not even at the midway point of her sophomore season, there is plenty of basketball left for Stewart in a Connecticut uniform but with Stewart playing in her 50th career game on Wednesday against Central Florida, I thought it was a perfect time to examine where Stewart ranks among the Husky greats through 50 games.

With 751 points, Stewart joins Maya Moore, Rebecca Lobo, Svetlana Abrosimova, Renee Najarian and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis as the only players with at least 750 points through the first 50 games. Stewart was blissfully unaware of that achievement but said she welcomes the challenge of becoming the next big thing at UConn.

"You come to UConn to kind of create your own impact on the court," Stewart said. "The coaches have helped me a lot from last season to this season and I know they will continue to keep pushing me throughout my career here. If you are somebody who is competitive and really loves the game, you want to be pushed to the highest level that you can play at, reach your fullest potential. Here at Connecticut you have seen so many people go through the program and do that, it is kind of like 'why not, why wouldn't I want to come and do that.'"

Here's a look at how Stewart's numbers through 50 games compare with some recent UConn stars
Player                              Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks W-L record
Breanna Stewart               751    341           78       63      113      46-4
Svet Abrosimova              765    324         167     131        11      47-3
Diana Taurasi                    709    178        195       51        55      47-3
Tina Charles                      656    487          53       25      104      46-4
Maya Moore                     937   410         175       90       83      48-2
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 772   270          97       68        22      45-5

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Statistics on a team sport depend on the system run, the talent level of the team, and the talent level of the opponent.

2000-01 team was UConn's most talented ever. Injuires to Sveta and Shea prevented a very possible NC. Playing time was spread out and statistics were well balanced.

2001-02 team was not as deep but ended up 39-0 NC with a very high average margin of victory. That was UConn's most efficient offense ever and statistics were well balanced.

Taurasi could have scored 3000 points but instead set UConn's career assist record and won 3 straight NC.

Maya and Tina racked up record setting individual statistics and still won back to back 39-0 NC.

Dolson will not surpass Tina in career rebounding and scoring. But she most likely will surpass Tina in assists.

KML will most likely not surpass Maya in career scoring, rebounding, and blocks. But she most likely will surpass Maya in career 3PT made and 3PT %.

Stewart has a chance to surpass Maya in scoring and rebounding. UConn has no bigs to replace Dolson, so Stewart might average 22+ each of the next 2 seasons.

I still think Jen Rizzotti is UConn's most underrated player ever. I rarely hear Jen's name mentioned when some fans and media discuss UConn's all time greats and their statistics.

Sveta had great stats early on in her career. But because of well balanced teams and missing half of her senior season, Sveta had less numbers in the end.

11:31 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lobo's name is mentioned in the article but did not see her stats in the table.

11:32 AM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

I did not have access to Rebecca Lobo's complete game by game stats for her sophomore year

7:12 PM 

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