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Thursday, March 26, 2015

UConn freshmen making an impact in NCAA tournament

There are so many gaudy numbers associated with the UConn women's basketball program's performance in the NCAA tournament that I could blog nothing by statistical breakdowns every day and not run out of material for years to come.

However, there are some numbers that jump to the top of the list and certainly breaking down what Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams did in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament ranks with any freshman duo in program history.

The only set  of freshman teammates with more points in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament are current seniors Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes.

55: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (36)/Kiah Stokes (19), 2012
46: Kia Nurse (20)/Gabby Williams (26), 2015
45: Asjha Jones (20)/Tamika Williams (25), 1999
45: Stefanie Dolson (23)/Bria Hartley (22), 2011
44: Carla Berube (19)/Kara Wolters (25), 1994
41: Maya Moore (41)'Lorin Dixon (0), 2008

Williams had 15 points against St. Francis (N.Y.) and 11 against Rutgers. If she reached double digits in points on Saturday against Texas she would join a select group of UConn players to score at least 10 points in each of their first three NCAA tournament games as true freshman.

Paige Sauer, 1997 (17 vs. Lehigh, 13 vs. Iowa, 10 vs. Illinois)
Svetlana Abrosimova, 1998 (18 vs. Fairfield, 16 vs. George Washington, 12 vs. Arizona)
Tina Charles, 2007 (10 vs. Maryland Baltimore County, 22 vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay. 17 vs. North Carolina State)
Maya Moore, 2008 (17 vs. Cornell, 24 vs. Texas, 25 vs. Old Dominion)
Bria Hartley, 2011 (12 vs. Hartford, 10 vs. Purdue, 17 vs. Georgetown)
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, 2012 (21 vs. Prairie View, 15 vs. Kansas State, 12 vs. Penn State)
Breanna Stewart, 2013 (14 vs. Vanderbilt, 17 vs. Maryland, 21 vs. Kentucky)
- Note: Stewart missed 2013 NCAA opener against Idaho so games shown are No. 2, 3 and 4 played by UConn) 

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