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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Freshmen could steal spotlight in UConn/Temple game

UConn's return to Gampel Pavilion is certainly the top storyline heading into tomorrow's Temple/UConn game as it will be the first game the Huskies have played at their primary home court since Nov. 23.

However, there's an secondary story to keep an eye on as two of the best freshman classes in the American Athletic Conference will be going head to head.

On one side you have Kia Nurse, who has started the last 13 games and Gabby Williams, who currently has the UConn record for highest rebound per 40 minute average for any freshman averaging at least 10 minutes per game.

Temple counters with a freshman class headlined by former Career High star Tanaya Atkinson which leads all AAC freshman classes in minutes played (1,132), points (419) and steals (61). There are seven freshmen averaging at least 10 points per game and three will be in tomorrow's game (Nurse, Atkinson and Temple's Alliya Butts)

First things first, here is the list of rebounds/40 minutes among UConn freshmen
Gabby Williams 2014-15    14.98
Tina Charles       2006-07    14.31
Swin Cash          1998-99    13.86
Rebecca Lobo    1991-92    13.51
Kiah Stokes       2011-12     13.50
Kara Wolters     1993-94    12.45
Tamika Williams 1998-99  12.25

Now here's the breakdown of top AAC freshmen classes
Temple   1132
Cincinnati 987
C. Florida 857
SMU         857
S. Florida  778
UConn      681

Temple    419
SMU       345
UConn     317
Cincinnati 316
C. Florida 291
S. Florida 229
Tulane      196

SMU        266
Temple     195
C. Florida 146
UConn      139
S. Florida  131
Cincinnati 125

UConn        72
Cincinnati   67
Temple       67
SMU          47
C. Florida   45
S. Florida   38
Tulsa          31

Temple       61
UConn       52
Tulane        34
Tulsa          32
C. Florida   26

SMU          36
C. Florida  19
S. Florida   16
Memphis    11

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Anonymous Joe said...

I am always incredibly impressed by how many UConn baskets are the result of an assist....or a steal and a breakaway. Nearly every basket they score is one of these two.

12:26 PM 

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