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Friday, February 28, 2014

Could a dunk be in Breanna Stewart's future at UConn?

I'm not sure Breanna Stewart completely understands the buzz created by a short video of her dunking in a practice during the recent trip to Texas but the video generated more attention than anything else that happened in UConn's wins at Houston and SMU.

The largest crowd for a women's basketball game at SMU's Moody Coliseum began to rumble a little bit when Stewart stole the ball near mid court and raced in alone. If ever the 6-foot-4 sophomore was going to dunk in a game this season, this might have been the ideal time. However, she played it safe.

"It all depends on the situation of the game, when I got the steal I could hear the crowd (rumble) like they were expecting something but we weren't up by too many at that point," Stewart said. "If I can do it clean like I did it the other day, why not? I can't be afraid to try it, I just have to make sure it is the right time when I do it."

Stewart was pleasantly surprised at the ease that she was able to dunk with during practice in Dallas. She is also aware that the video has made the rounds on the Internet.

"I think a lot of people thought it was cool," Stewart said. "I was really surprised at how easy (the dunk) was going down, it is not always that easy and my legs felt good so it was nice to do."

Towards the end of Thursday's practice teammate Stefanie Dolson said "dunk it" as Stewart came in alone during a full-court drill. However, Dolson admitted that she doesn't think Stewart will attempt a dunk.

"She can do it, I tell her that all the time," Dolson said. "It is not sure it is something the coaches would like. Coach (Geno Auriemma) is always teasing her that if she does it, she had better make it. I would go crazy if she did it."

Stewart admits that dunking is pretty low on the list of skill she is working on during practice.

"I don't even worry about it because it is just the same as a layup, it is a lot more efficient to be throwing the ball throw the rim but there are other things I want to get better at," Stewart said.



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