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Saturday, December 20, 2014

UConn's Nurse in select company

The more Kia Nurse played with the Canadian national team this summer the more it was clear that she was going to have a major impact as a freshman at UConn. However, I'm not sure I expected her to be this good this quickly.

Nurse had 19 points in UConn's win over No. 25 DePaul last night giving her 113 points in her first eight games as a Husky. Big deal, right?

Well, going back to the start of the 1996-97 season the only UConn freshmen with more points through the first eight games is career scoring leader Maya Moore and Nurse's current teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart.

As if having one star in the family isn't good enough, word came down that her brother Darnell (a first-round pick of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers) was named to the Canadian team playing in the IIHF World Junior Championship.

Here's a breakdown of the top scoring UConn freshmen dating back to the 1996-97 (which is as far back as the binder I have with UConn box scores goes)

PLAYER (SEASON)        MIN  FG-ATT 3PT-ATT FT-ATT PTS REB AST STL BLK (TO)
Maya Moore (07-08)         172    57-91      5-16         13-21     132    48    25    15    17   (13)
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis
                    (11-12)          211     48-100   23-56          9-12     128   43    14    14      5     (9)
Breanna Stewart (12-13)  178     45-77      7-18         24-29      121   52   10      8    12     (11)
Kia Nurse (14-15)            216     41-72    13-31         18-31      113   38   25     10     0     (13)
Svet Abrosimova (97-98) 181    37-69      6-12          31-44      111  42    9      16     0     (28)
Bria Hartley (10-11)         247    38-77     17-41         15-18      108  23   25     11    0      (15)
Swin Cash (98-99)            151   37-67       0-0           27-47      101  44     7     12   10     (16)

For those wondering, here are the scoring totals through eight games for members of the Huskies of Honor not listed above: Sue Bird 45, Tina Charles 85, Stefanie Dolson 68, Renee Montgomery 49, Shea Ralph 94, Diana Taurasi 72.

Also, taking my research one step further, the freshman duo of Nurse and Gabby Williams are among the highest scoring rookie tandems during that span

191 Cash/Tamika Williams (1998-99)
185 Stewart/Tuck (2012-13)
174 Cash/Asjha Jones (1998-99)
172 Dolson/Hartley (2010-11)
169 Nurse/Williams (2014-15)

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