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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Second time as a starter the charm for UConn's Chong

Saniya Chong knew for two days that she was going to make her first career start but was told not to spill the beans to anybody.

Well, we certainly know that Chong can keep a secret as she did not tell a soul - not her high school coach and not even her mom.

Wait, she didn't even tell her mother?

"No. I'm not really into bragging about my accomplishments," Chong said in her typical manner of fact fashion.

Chong's first start was not very memorable as a player who averaged 35 points a game as a high school senior, was reluctant to even look at the basket. It goes without saying that Chong's second start, which came Wednesday against Central Florida, was significantly more productive.

Chong had career highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the 83-35 win over Central Florida.

After missing her lone field-goal attempt and pulling down a pair of rebounds, Chong was taken out of the game just 4:43 into the game. After sitting for just 1:24. Chong was put back into the game. Just 16 seconds later Chong was rewarded with a strong back-door cut with a perfect pass from Stefanie Dolson. The layup was the first in more than 60 minutes of action for Chong.

That seemed to take the pressure off and Chong added a pair of transition layups en route to scoring nine first-half points.

"I got back to playing like I did when I was in high school," Chong said. "It felt good to come out and play like this."

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