Record-breaking day for UConn's veterans and newcomers
Stewart's emphatic two-handed blocked shot on the final play of the first quarter was No. 397 in her career as she moved by Rebecca Lobo, the UConn record holder since 1995.
Stewart, true to her nature, said she thinks Lobo should be recognized as the record since she accomplished the feat in 126 games and it took Stewart 147.
She nearly had another record which has stood almost as long. She finished with eight steals, one shy of Nykesha Sales' team mark for steals in an NCAA tournament game. Sales set that mark in the first-round win over Lehigh in 1997. Stewart helped UConn set a NCAA tournament team mark with 21 steals resulting in 50 points off turnovers. UConn was on pace to break the NCAA mark for points in a half in a tournament game. If UConn coach Geno Auriemma had stayed with his starters, the mark of 66 set by Oklahoma in 2014 against DePaul would have been toast but still the Huskies finished with 64 points in the first half.
Wait, there's more.
There have been some high-scoring freshman tandems at UConn but no two rookies combined to score more points in their first NCAA tournament game than Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier.
Samuelson's 22 points are the most for any UConn freshman in their NCAA tournament opener topping the mark of 21 set by Jen Rizzotti against Louisville in 1993 and matched by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis against Prairie View in 2012. Add in Collier's 14 points and that gives them 36 which is two better than Rizzotti and Jamelle Elliott accounted for against Louisville back in 1993. Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson matched that mark against Idaho in 2013.
Here are top scoring freshmen making their NCAA debuts in UConn history
22 Katie Lou Samuelson vs. Robert Morris 2016
21 Jamelle Elliott vs. Louisville 1993
21 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis vs. Prairie View 2012
18 Svetlana Abrosimova vs. Fairfield 1998
18 Nykesha Sales vs. Maine 1995
18 Morgan Tuck vs. Idaho 2013
17 Maya Moore vs. Cornell 2008
17 Paige Sauer vs. Lehigh 1997
Top scoring freshman duos
36 Katie Lou Samuelson (22)/Napheesa Collier (14) vs. Robert Morris 2016
34 Jamelle Elliott (21)/Jen Rizzotti (13) vs. Louisville 1993
34 Morgan Tuck (18)/Moriah Jefferson (16) vs. Idaho 2013
31 Ann Strother (16)'Barbara Turner (15) vs. Boston University 2003