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Monday, November 17, 2014

No introductions needed for UConn and Stanford backcourt stars

Just in case people haven't been paying attention to the staggering amount of elite guards to come out of the DFW Elite AAU program, tonight's UConn/Stanford game will be reminder that as many top-flight backcourt phenoms come out of that part of the country.

UConn's starting point guard Moriah Jefferson hails from Glenn Heights, Texas while Stanford's high-scoring guard tandem of Lili Thompson and Amber Orrange are from Mansfield and Houston respectively.

"I played with both of them in the same AAU program and during the summer we have practices together so I know them well," Jefferson said.

"They are both really good players. I think they both bring something different to the table. Amber has always been really good getting to the rim and now she is knocking down open shots."

In a season-opening win over Boston College Thompson was 3 of 4 from 3-point range as she had a game-high 26 points. Orrange only attempted five shots as she finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

They both certainly know what Jefferson is capable of.
"She is a great guard," Orrange said. "She is a great defensive player so we have to take care of the ball when she is around the ball.

"She is competitive, she wants to win and wants to do whatever dirty work it takes for her team to win. She may not be the focal point of their offense but she does what they need her to do well."

The last time UConn and Stanford met in Maples Pavilion Jefferson played just four minutes and missed her only field-goal attempt in a 61-35 UConn win. Orrange played 29 minutes, missed all six of her shots, had no assists and four turnovers.

"It was just a learning experience," Orrange said. "You don't like the feeling of losing on your home court especially that way but I think we really learned from it."

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