A Look At No. 2 UConn At No. 1 Stanford

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No. 2 UCONN WOMEN AT NO. 1 STANFORD

Time: 4 p.m.

Where: Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, Calif.

TV: ESPNU (Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo)

Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fisk)

Series history: Stanford, 7-6

Last meeting: UConn, 68-58, XL Center, Nov. 21, 2011

Streaks:  UConn W10; Stanford, W11

UCONN (10-0)

5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 4.3 – Has started last two games

30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-4, Fr, 16.9 – Big East’s reigning Freshman of the Week

14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 10.1 – Has averaged 18.0 in last two games

31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 11.7 – Shooting 57.5 percent from the field

34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 9.4 ppg – Leads nation in assist/turnover ratio (42 to 9)

13 BRIANNA BANKS, G, 5-9, So., 9.9 – Shooting 48.1 percent from three

23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, So., 16.4 – Scored 25 against Cardinal as a freshman

STANFORD (11-0)

13 CHINEY OGWUMIKE, F, 6-3, Jr., 21.8 – Reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week; 12.8 rebounds

31 TONI KOKENIS, G, 5-11, Jr., 8.9 – Shooting 96.2 percent from foul line

44 JOSLYN TINKLE, F, 6-3, Sr., 13.9 ppg – Has 24 blocked shots, nine steals

33 AMBER ORRANGE, G, 5-7, So., 10.9 ppg – Leads team with 59 assists

4 TAYLOR GREENFIELD, F, 6-3, So., 6.3 ppg – Top three-point shooter (47.2 percent)

3 MIKAELA RUEF, F, 6-3, Jr., 2.8 – 10 blocked shots, 6.8 rebounds

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

History of 1 vs. 2

This is the 17th time UConn will play a 1-2 game. They are 13-3, 10-1 when ranked No. 1. Prior to losing to Baylor last season, the Huskies had won each of the last 1-2 games they played. UConn is 69-5 overall when ranked No. 2. … Stanford became No. 1 by beating Baylor, 71-69, on Nov. 16. The Cardinal is coming off a 13-point win at Tennessee on Dec. 22.

Stanford tough

The Huskies have never won at Maples Arena. The last time they played there was Dec. 30, 2010 when the Cardinal ended UConn’s 90-game winning streak. UConn has won four of the last five meetings. The teams will open the 2013-14 season in Connecticut.

Setting the pace

The Huskies have trailed for only 48 seconds out of 400 minutes this season and just 31 since Charleston took a 2-0 lead by scoring the first basket of the year on Nov. 11 at Gampel Pavilion. UConn’s biggest deficit this season has been two points.

Best in the nation

The Huskies lead the NCAA Division I in scoring margin (45.1) and field goal percentage (54.0) and are second in points allowed (43.0).

Teammates and rivals

Hartley and Ogwumike were teammates, along with Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins and former UConn guard Ann Strother, on this summer’s USA Basketball 3×3 gold medalist in Greece.

 

JOHN ALTAVILLA, jaltavilla@courant.com

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “A Look At No. 2 UConn At No. 1 Stanford

  1. JR

    I believe Dolson is the key to winning in Stanford and being the dominant team UCONN wants to be. Outside of that great half against A&M, she’s been rather pedestrian and this was supposed to be an All-American season for her.

  2. RH

    The date would be a logical fact to include with the time. Not that many of your readers need the date from you, but it just seems reasonable.

  3. HGN

    JR, I agree with you 100%……Dolson is the key to a win at Stanford. If she can hold her own in the low post and keep Ogumike off the glass , and score down low, UConn wins. The other 4 players on the floor with her will take care of business. But Dolson has a clear size and experience advantage in the low post. And she should be able to use it to her advantage.

    One other key to this game is foul trouble…this is where our depth should come into play.

    1. JR

      It’s likely going to take a team effort to keep Qgwumike off the glass. She’s too quick for Dolson. Problem is forcing a lot of Cardinal misses allows for plenty of offensive rebound opportunities. This is a game where Stokes could really make her mark…if she were playing.

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