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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Milestone abound for UConn seniors Jefferson and Stewart

It wasn't a bad day at the office for UConn seniors Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart.

All Jefferson did in her final collegiate game in her native Texas was score a game-high 19 points. She also had six assists and six steals. She moved by Maya Moore and Pam Webber and into sixth place on the career assists list at UConn and passed Svetlana Abrosimova in career steals. Jefferson is not only the fourth Husky with at least 300 steals but only Jefferson, Moore and Jen Rizzotti have at least 500 assists and 300 steals.

"Every time I talk to you guys I learn something new, I am just figuring that out," Jefferson said. "It is exciting to be able to come here and do some of the things that those guys have done, it is really satisfying."

Stewart narrowly missed becoming the first UConn women's player  to dunk in a game. She also fell one blocked shot shy of former teammate Kiah Stokes' program record of 10 blocks. Stewart joins Kara Wolters as the only UConn players with four straight 50-block seasons and had she played in the fourth quarter, there's a very good chance she would have become the fourth player in NCAA Division I women's basketball history with a quadruple double as she finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, nine blocks and no turnovers. She also moved three rebounds shy of 1,000 which is an accomplishment reached by only five other UConn players. When she gets there she will join Tina Charles, Moore and Lobo as the only Huskies with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
"Getting 1,000 rebounds, it is a bigger honor than the points just because rebounds you have to go after and sometimes points just come to you and it is an effort thing," Stewart said.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma addressed Stewart being on the verge of 1,000 rebounds after the SMU game.

"People do things because they want to," Auriemma said. "I have always been a big proponent of that. If a kid wants to get 1,000 rebounds, they will get them if they play enough minutes. I would say the biggest thing is you have to want to and Stewie, she wants to and she can. There are a lot of people who can be great rebounders but they don't want to be. It is hard, rebounding is hard work it doesn't just happen. Stewie can impact the game anywhere like she did today, blocks, rebounds, assists, make shots, make 3s, she can do everything on the basketball court so if she didn't get 1,000 rebounds I would say that she just didn't want to so the fact that she is going to do it, I am not surprised."

A couple of other numbers worthy of note:

UConn had 24 assists giving them 80 over the last three games. Since the start of the 1995-96 season it is only the sixth time the Huskies had at least 80 assists in a three-game span.

Also, a crowd of 3,732 turned out for the SMU game which is almost twice as many as the Mustangs drew in their first three American Athletic Conference home games. Taking things one step further, UConn has played five road AAC games and in the 15 conference home games not involving UConn a total of 13,206 fans were in attendance at Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, SMU and South Florida games while the five UConn games drew 16,506.


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