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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Stewart, UConn close out 2014 with dominating win

Geno Auriemma had a sense that Breanna Stewart, coming off back to back so-so games (by her lofty standards) was going to be significantly more involved in Wednesday's East Carolina game. Just in case, Auriemma's invaluable associate head coach Chris Dailey made just to remind Stewart what she needed to get done in the final game of 2014.

"Coming into the game we knew that East Carolina was really aggressive and CD (UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey)kept saying to me to keep moving."

Stewart certainly finishing with a season-high 26 points to go with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

"The way they were playing how much pressure they wanted to (apply), the last thing you want to do against teams that pressure is come down and jack up 3s," Auriemma said. "A big part of our offense today was to let them extend their defense and get inside of it, get the ball in the lane, trying to get to free throw line as much as possible and try to control the tempo."

As impressive as Stewart's numbers were, they could have been so much better. She was 8 of 15 from the floor and her seven misses were came on some of her best looks at the basket.
"I was missing some of the easy ones, I think I was either expecting it and I didn't get hit or not putting it in the basket," Stewart said.
Courtney Ekmark, who missed the last eight games with a stress reaction in her right foot, saw her first action since the season opener against UC Davis. She checked in with 15:02 left in the first half and her first regular-season points as a Husky came on a layup with 13:30 left in the half. Ekmark had two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes.
UConn went into halftime up 43-22 but if Auriemma had his way, they would have canceled the second half after the teams combined for 33 turnovers, 15 being committed by UConn. He felt it was as poor of a display of basketball as he has been a part of in his 30 years at UConn.

"I think there was a lot we could have done better," Stewart said. "The score, I was tying to say the team in the locker room (at halftime), the score doesn't matter. We were up by 20 (23 at halftime) but we could feel that there was another level that we needed to play at."
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis came into game needing four 3-pointers to break Diana Taurasi's career record at UConn. However, she didn't attempt a shot in the first half. Her first field-goal attempt came with 17:24 left in the game when she missed a 3-pointer as a trailer on the fast break. She finished with a season-low six points.


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