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Freshman Stewart Impressive In UConn Debut

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28: Breanna Stewart #30 of the East team and Katie Collier #3 of the West team battle for the ball during the 2012 McDonald's All American Game at United Center on March 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 28: Breanna Stewart #30 of the East team and Katie Collier #3 of the West team battle for the ball during the 2012 McDonald’s All American Game at United Center on March 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

By PAT EATON-ROBB
Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Freshman Breanna Stewart scored 21 points
in her college debut Sunday as No. 2 Connecticut routed the College
of Charleston 103-39 to win its 17th consecutive season opener.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points, hitting 5 of 10 shots from
3-point range. Stefanie Dolson added 11 points, nine rebounds and
eight assists for UConn, which had six players in double figures.
Every member of the team scored.

Alyssa Frye scored 14 to lead the College of Charleston (1-1),
which scored the first basket of the game, and just 14 others. The
Cougars opened their season on Friday with a 56-38 win over Coastal
Carolina.

UConn hasn’t lost a season-opening game since 1995 and hasn’t
lost an opener at home since 1990. The Huskies are now 27-1 in home
openers under Geno Auriemma.

Mosqueda-Lewis had 11 points in the first 2 minutes, hitting her
first three 3-point attempts, and the Huskies raced to a 19-2 lead.
Stewart had the first six points of her UConn career during that
run.

Fans got a glimpse of the 6-foot-4 freshman’s potential when she
blocked a Charleston shot at one end, then ran the floor to take
the feed for a layup at the other to give the Huskies a 25-7 lead.
She hit 8 of 11 shots from the field for the game and also had four
steals.

The Huskies led 57-13 at the half. UConn shot 64 percent from
the field, while holding Charleston to 25 percent. The Huskies
outrebounded the Cougars 44-28; Mosqueda-Lewis had eight of those.

Stewart, forward Morgan Tuck and guard Moriah Jefferson make up
UConn’s most heralded recruiting class since the 1998 group that
included Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird, Asjha Jones and Swin
Cash. Tuck finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Jefferson had
four points and four assists.

The three played together this summer, helping the U.S. national
team to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship. Tuck
was the team’s leading scorer and Stewart the most valuable player.
Jefferson averaged over five points and four assists.

Connecticut cruised Sunday despite being without its top player.
Junior guard Bria Hartley, who averaged 14 points a game for the
Huskies last year, sprained her left ankle playing for USA
Basketball in August. Last week, an MRI showed she also has a
partial ligament tear, and could miss the Huskies’ first four
games.

UConn men’s coach Kevin Ollie, back from his team’s
season-opening upset over No. 14 Michigan State in Germany on
Friday, watched the first half of the game with his 11-year-old
daughter, Cheyenne.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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