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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Milestone rebound only small part of Stewart's impressive night

There was still 7:16 left to go in the first quarter when Breanna Stewart was credited with the 1,000th rebound of her career but the senior forward was just getting warmed up.

Even though she sat the entire fourth quarter for the second straight game, Stewart had 24 points, 10 rebound, five assists and four blocked shots in the blowout win over an undersized and overmatched Tulsa squad.

Just three weeks had passed since Stewart had - by her standards - was not the greatest performance in the first meeting against Tulsa.

"I wanted to play better than I did in that game," Stewart said. "I didn't play bad in that game but I thought I could have done more and that was the mindset coming into this game."

Stewart became the sixth UConn player with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds and is the only active Division I women's collegiate player to reach both marks.
"It is kind of a big accomplishment that a lot of people don't think about or realize because most of the time people are focused on points," Stewart said. "I think being able to do other things and get 1,000 rebounds, it means a lot."

UConn coach Geno Auriemma summed up the milestone perfectly when he said, "there's a lot more that Stewie is going to accomplish in the next couple of months but this is obviously a great milestone for her.

"I am not surprised when our best players do some great things because  we have come to expect that from them. Sometimes I am amazed at some of the accomplishments that our players reach individually because it is not a normal situation when they are going to get 35 minutes every night, get every shot and everything is geared around them. When they do get stuff, it is more significant, it is not easy when you minutes (are limited)."

When Auriemma informed the media that Morgan Tuck would be sitting out two weeks to rest her surgically-repaired right knee either the Feb. 3 game at Tulane or Feb. 6 home game against East Carolina was a likely game where she could return. Well, it is looking more like it will be the East Carolina game.

"She told me that she hopes to practice (next) week," Auriemma said. "We had said originally it was going to be two weeks. She is thinking by next Thursday or next Friday (when she returns to practice)."

Auriemma said he spoke to Tuck and she said her knee feels very good. He added that without the constant pounding coming with practices and games, that is to be expected.



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