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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Keys to UConn/Stanford game

There are some interesting matchups for the UConn/Stanford game and here's a few of the keys to the contest

Defend Chiney without fouling: UConn has done an exceptional job all season of playing aggressive, physical defense without getting into foul trouble. However, as the NCAA tournament has moved forwards, fouls seemed to be increasing. UConn has relied on a six-player roster and seeing one or more of their stars having to sit down for extended stretches could be a recipe for disaster.

Finding the range early: In the regionals it took UConn's top two scorers (Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley) a while to get going. With their teammates so accustomed to seeing Stewart and Hartley deliver early and often, they were caught watching too much. Against a team as good as Stanford, that could prove costly.

Defending the 3: The UConn coaching staff recruited both Bonnie Samuelson and her sister Karlie so they know as well as anybody how deadly they can be from 3-point range and they need to be disciplined in keeping an eye on the shooters. Stanford has games with nine and 10 3-pointers in the NCAA tournament and

Transition, transition, transition: When the teams met in November, UConn's transition game was already in mid-season form. Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said Hartley went through her team like a "knife through butter." They key to slowing down UConn's powerful offense is to make UConn have to score in the half-court set. UConn doubled up Stanford in fast-break points in the first meeting and the Cardinal can't allow that to happen again.

Stay tuned, I think this is going to be a good one.

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