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Friday, February 07, 2014

UConn's Stewart not dwelling on last game vs. Louisville

There's no question that Breanna Stewart was born with more than her share of God given basketball ability but she is more than just a talented prodigy. Stewart's competitive fire is what has allowed her to make such an impact at just a young age.

Right on cue I asked Stewart to reflect on her monster game (23 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots) in the 2013 national championship game which also happens to be the last time UConn and Louisville have met.

In classic Stewart fashion, she was more focused on what she didn't do on that night in New Orleans.

"I have watched the national championship game and obviously that was a good game and I look at the things I was not so good at," Stewart said.

"I am really looking forward to it. Obviously we are doing as much as we can in these last couple of days to prepare for them but really just come out and be aggressive. It should be a great environment, a sold out crowd and it will be a lot of fun."

Stewart had some ups and downs during her freshman season as two of UConn's four losses came when she was held in single digits in points. But she figured things out in the nick of time as she averaged 26 points (going 19 of 31 from the field and 7 of 8 from 3-point range) in the Final Four. Her teammates get a chuckle at how the announcers made it seem as if she stumbled her way through the entire freshman season before putting it all together at the end.

"I was watching the game and they couldn't stop talking about her," UConn senior center Stefanie Dolson said. "You would have thought she was the worst player in the world, you would have thought she was terrible (before the Final Four)."

Those back to back monster games gave an indication of what was to come from Stewart, who is now on the short list of national player of the year candidates. 

"She has gotten better in every aspect of her game," Dolson said. "She knows how to play through physicality, she is smarter with her passes, with what she does with the ball and she takes better shots. She is growing as a player and defensively, she is so long she gets into passing lanes. She has gotten a lot more muscle so obviously you can tell she has gotten bigger. She is battling, she would post up and give up but she is really fighting for position and making sure she can get open and get herself open because she knows how hard people are going to play her."

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