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Thursday, January 08, 2015

UConn freshmen take advantage of opportunities

With Courtney Ekmark missing nine straight games with a foot injury, the three freshmen haven't had much of a chance to get into a game together since the season opener at UC Davis.

That all changed in Wednesday's win over Tulsa. After sitting on the bench for less than a minute, Kia Nurse was reinserted into game with 14:38 left to play joining fellow freshmen Courtney Ekmark and Gabby Williams on the court. They spent the next 5:25 playing alongside each other. Ekmark had a 3-pointer and a steal, Williams made a free throw and grabbed a rebound and Nurse had a rebound and an assist during that span. By game's end they combined for 36 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in the 98-60 win.

Nurse is entrenched in the starting lineup but these next few weeks could be pivotal for Ekmark and Williams earning quality minutes on a nightly basis.

"It showed how we can score when we don't have either Mo (Jefferson), Kaleena (Mosqueda-Lewis) or Stewie (Breanna Stewart) in the game so it definitely shows us where we need to get better," Williams said.

Ekmark hit the first two 3-pointers as a Husky in the game.

"I know she hated being out and she works hard all the time so I know that was tough for her," Williams said.

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