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Monday, November 17, 2014

Post players pile up assists in UConn's opener

When Stefanie Dolson walked off the court for the final time the UConn women's basketball program was bidding adieu to one of the best passing post players to ever play. UConn coach Geno Auriemma admitted that he was curious how the Huskies were going to replace that aspect of Dolson's game.

While it is dangerous to make too much out of a 59-point win over UC Davis on opening night, it should be noted that of the three players tying for the team lead with seven assists on Friday night two of them were forwards.

Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck not only had a career-high seven assists each but three of those 14 assists were either of the Stewart to Tuck or Tuck to Stewart variety.

"We have known each other for a very long time so I am sure that helps our connection on the court a lot," Tuck said. "A part of Stef's game that we really miss is her passing. I think everybody is trying to put in an effort to make up what we are missing from her."

Here is the breakdown of the assists
Moriah Jefferson 7 assists: 3 to Stewart, 3 to Mosqueda-Lewis, 1 to Chong
Breanna Stewart 7 assists: 2 to Mosqueda-Lewis, 1 each to Chong, Jefferson, Nurse, Stokes and Tuck
Morgan Tuck 7 assists: 2 each to Mosqueda-Lewis, Stewart, Williams, 1 to Chong
Saniya Chong 2 assists: 1 each to Jefferson and Mosqueda-Lewis
Courtney Ekmark 2 assists: 1 each to Chong and Tuck
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 2 assists: 1 each to Nurse and Stewart
Kia Nurse 2 assists: 1 each to Mosqueda-Lewis and Williams

Speaking of Tuck, she downplayed the importance of her wearing a brace on her knee against UC Davis. She has been fitted with a few different braces and finally found one that fits the best.

"I prefer to not wear the brace but our trainer (Rosemary Ragle) thinks it is something I should do," Tuck said.

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