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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bentley's national title special for UConn's Stewart

In her early years playing at Cicero-North Syracuse, there were few teammates who current UConn star Breanna Stewart enjoyed playing and practicing with more than Kelsey Mattice so Stewart couldn't help but keep tabs on how Mattice's Bentley squad was faring in the Division II tournament.

Stewart chatted with her former high school teammate when she was at the Final Four and was absolutely delighted when she saw that Bentley capped a 35-0 season by beating West Texas A&M in the national title game on Friday.

"I thought that was awesome," Stewart said. "I talked to her when they were playing their Final Four game and they won the national championship. It is great to have a former high school teammates win a national championship. I am really happy for her."

When she called Mattice, she didn't think it was her place to offer any advice of how to deal with the pressure of playing for a national title.

"I didn't," Stewart said. "They obviously knew what they were doing, their team was a good team, they had things rolling. I said 'good luck, have fun.' I guess it worked. She was great. I remember in high school playing with her, she was a year older than me but we would work out after practice and get shots up after practice and it was nice to have somebody who had the same mentality and wanted to get better."

Mattice played eight minutes in the title game and had one rebound and one assist.


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