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Sunday, March 09, 2014

UConn's Stewart making way to free-throw line

Of all the aspects of her first American Athletic Conference tournament game none pleased newly-crowned conference player of the year Breanna Stewart than she nine free-throw attempts - except perhaps the fact that she made all nine of her foul shots.

Since going 10 of 10 from the foul line against Baylor on Jan. 13, Stewart averaged three foul shots per game in the next 12 games. That changed when she attempted seven free throws against Louisville in the regular-season finale although Stewart was slightly perturbed at missing three of those shots.

So going 9 for 9 en route to a game-high 22 points against Cincinnati in the AAC quarterfinals was something that pleased Stewart.

"I was happy with that, sometimes I settle and I just want to get to the basket and either get fouled or get an easier shot and I was able to convert at the free throw line," Stewart said.

Stewart's 16 free-throw attempts in the last two games matches her best total in consecutive games as she was 4 of 7 versus Cincinnati on Dec 29 and 49 in a game against Central Florida on Jan. 1.

"I don't remember the last time Stewie shot nine free throws so she is hard to guard, as long as she is moving, and cutting and we are gettng her going places," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "She just plays with so much confidence it is hard to pinpoint the you take them in the big picture, she does a lot of things for us."

If Stewart had attempted and made one more free throw against the Bearcats she would have become the first UConn player with two games going perfect from the line while attempting at least 10 free throws.

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