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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Batttle of power forwards worth price of admission

One of power forwards in the second national semifinal is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in next week's WNBA Draft and there are those who figure that the other one would earn that distinction if she were eligible to be taken.

It should make for an intriguing game within the game

"It is going to be an interesting matchup," said UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart, who has picked up the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association. "As our team, we play defense as one unit so it is all five of us so we are not particularly caught up in the one on one stuff but Chiney is a great player so she is going to be a tough task (to defend). Chiney is always working hard whether she is on offense or defense she is going to keep working hard until she physically can't move and can't do anything anymore. When you see people like that on the court, it shows an appreciation for hard work and that is more that just here at Connecticut.

"It definitely shows so much versatility especially at the 4 (power forward) position, there is so many different ways to go. You can be a physical post, a swing man, inside/out and there are so many different ways to play the power forward position."

Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, who is the leading candidate to be taken by the Connecticut Sun in the upcoming WNBA Draft, also finds the contrast between her game and Stewart's rather interesting.

“She has been surrounded by different players too and our roles are different on our teams,” said Ogwumike, the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in Stanford history. “I think is shows the versatility of the 4 (power forward) position. She is a great talent and it shows if you can work hard in two different systems, you can be successful.”


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