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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Dolson, Hartley happy to be back in Connecticut

Last night was all about catching up with their former UConn teammates but former Huskies Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley came back to Connecticut with one thing on their mind - teaming up for another win.

While neither one had the best of games, the mission was accomplished.

"I think we are both excited to be here and happy that we have started off OK so far," Hartley said. "Coming back here and we knew all the girls were coming back for summer school, that was another thing excited to see them and happy that they here."

The UConn team is expected to be in the stands as Dolson, Hartley and the Washington Mystics face the Sun tonight making a memorable trip all the more special.

"We went to see the girls last night," Dolson said. "The whole team and a couple of coaches will be here tonight so it is good to see everybody and feel like you are back at home since we were here for so long so it has been nice."

It has also been extremely helpful for the two of them to be on the same team as they are allowed to experience the growing pains of being a professional rookie together. 

"We understand each other so when we are on the court that helps," Hartley said.

On Monday there will be another reunion as the UConn men's and women's basketball teams will be honored in a ceremony at the White House.

"We have been through so much through all of these years and I think we are real excited to be all together again," Hartley said.

After engineering the infamous bunny ears photo last year, Dolson claims there is nothing out of the ordinary planned on this trip to the White House.

"I am going to go with the flow," Dolson said. "I am not forcing anything. I didn't say we were dancing off, I just said '(President) Obama, 'we are back.'"

Hartley started in Washington's 74-66 win and although she was 0 for 4 from the field, she was 6 of 6 from the foul line. Dolson finished with six points, four rebounds and two blocked shots.

"Obviously we played tough tonight as a team, six games in  we are learning how each other plays and starting to click," Dolson said. "Different things are getting better each game so it is good and it is nice to get a win in Connecticut."

The UConn team sat behind one of the baskets and Kiah Stokes caught some t-shirts during a timeout in the game and she walked up two rows to give a couple of them to some kids sitting behind them.

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