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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hartley, Stewart lead UConn past SMU

Almost as if they drew lots to determined when it was their time to take over, the duo of Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley made certain the Texas swing would have an ending that both could hang their hats on.

It was Stewart who took control early on with 10 points in a span of 6:06 to provide the majority of the Huskies' offense in the early going.

Hartley erupted for 17 of her game-high 25 points after halftime including eight points in 80 seconds in the Huskies' 81-48 win over SMU.

"She (Stewart) was really active and when Stefanie came out of the game, Stewie and Bria were the only ones who were looking to score," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "As long as one of those two guys are on the floor I feel really good.

"She (Stewart) is getting better all the time but right now Bria Hartley is the one who has got it going. She is really playing at a high level right now at both ends of the floor."

For the second time this season Hartley has scored at least 20 points in three straight games while Stewart has scored in double figures in the last 20 games which is the longest streak for a Connecticut player since Maya Moore's run over 53 straight double-digit scoring games in 2010 and 2011.

"My teammates did a good job of screening and I tried to be aggressive," Hartley said.

"We didn't really start well these last two games but at least we finished well. I think we can be proud of the way we finished games and that is going to help."

There could be more help on the way. Auriemma reiterated that All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will be reexamined on Thursday to see how close she is to returning to the court after a bout with mononucleosis.

UConn sophomore guard Moriah Jefferson finished with nine points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot playing about 20 minutes away from her Glenn Heights, Texas home.

"There were a lot of people who came and showed a lot of support," Jefferson said. "It was a lot of fun."

UConn also tied the single-season program record by blocking its 250th shot of the season. Kiah Stokes did the honors with 3 minutes left the play.

"That is special," Stewart said. "With our lineup, we have a lot of length. Kiah gets a lot of blocks, I get a lot of blocks and Stef is on the right with the blocks. It is special to be able to break records and have that opportunity."

Flower Mound (Tex.) High star Lauren Cox, considered to be one of the top high school sophomores in the country, was among the 4,091 in attendance at the game.


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