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Monday, February 01, 2016

Jefferson ready to move by a UConn legend - again

In the midst of UConn's impressive win at Southern Methodist on Jan. 23, there were no lack of friends and family in attendance to see Texas native Moriah Jefferson pass Maya Moore on UConn's list for career assists. Well, when the Huskies play at Tulane on Wednesday Jefferson needs two steals to surpass Moore's career total in that department as well.

Jefferson is not somebody who ponders her individual statistics, but the chance to be ranked ahead of a legendary figure like Moore is something that means the world to Jefferson.

"I didn't even think of it," said Jefferson, who is tied with Bria Hartley for fifth place on UConn's career assists list and is fourth with 309 steals. "I didn't know I was even close to it but the type of player she was is the type of player who came in here every day ready, she worked harder than everybody so just being able to say I've done something like that, it means a lot to me."

Jefferson has 1,319 career points and is only 1,717 behind Moore in that category. If she averages 95 points a game the rest of the way, she could pass Moore in that category as well.

"I have a few games left, I think it can happen," Jefferson said with a laugh.

SIBLING RIVALRY REVISITED
Kia Nurse has gone head to head with her brother Darnell in a variety of sports over the years but to the best of her recollections, the siblings have not gone up against each other for the same award - until now.

Both Kia and Darnell, a rookie defenseman with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers, join women's rugby star Cindy Nelles were named finalists from a group of 22 initial candidates for the annual award.

Kia Nurse has been a finalists in 2014 and 2015 for the award given to the top athlete in the Hamilton, Ontario area.

"That is really interesting for me," Nurse said. "It is something I don't think we've ever done before but it is an honor to be up for that prestigious award. To beat him would be very interesting and if he beats me, OK, I will accept it but it will be a good family dinner conversation."

The winner will be announced on Feb. 25 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

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