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Sunday, November 30, 2014

UConn's Nurse, Tuck bring confidence, aggressiveness to court

The more I see Kia Nurse on the basketball court the more she reminds me of one current UConn player - Morgan Tuck.

Obviously they have different skill sets but just the flat line emotional approach that both Nurse and Tuck bring to the Huskies is eerily similar.

"Kia Nurse is really coming into her own, she is getting confident on the court and being more and more aggressive, that is what we need," UConn junior forward Breanna Stewart said. "They (Nurse and Tuck) are two people who have great basketball IQs, you can tell they are very calm, They don't let themselves get rattled too often."

In the tournament Tuck is averaging 15.5 points (going 12 of 17 from the field) while Nurse is averaging 13.5 points (on 12 of 19 shooting), five rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

Nurse admits she does try to bring the same calm demeanor to the court as Tuck.

"Morgan is a great decision maker, she is always in the right place at the right time and it is definitely a great asset to have," Nurse said.

Nurse and Tuck are both expected to make their fourth straight starts for UConn and based on what UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said after last night's win over Vanderbilt, it doesn't appear as if they will be coming out of the starting lineup in the immediate future.

"I can't say enough about Morgan Tuck and Kia Nurse, since those two guys have been in the lineup it has been a different feel, they were so aggressive and they make something happen every time they touch the ball and there is no substitute for that," Auriemma said.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis needs two 3-pointers to join Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore as the only UConn players with 300 career treys while Kiah Stokes needs four blocked shots to become the sixth Husky with 200 in her career.


Blogger James Kerwin said...

KML shall outdistance DT with 3's Nurse isn't picking up confidence, not at all, she is now getting Geno's nod with her confident attacking play. Geno is no longer thinking of her as a foul out expert, he knows what she knows and does--and he likes it.
Gabby is the other Freshman who is stepping up like a soph or better.
Edwards looks confident when she plays and has no problem being the CT point. Shame Courtney E. isn't takng part in this evolution of the new kids--bad foot!!

2:54 PM 

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