Category Archives: Stefanie Dolson

Dolson Says Nothing Special Planned For White House Return

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Catching up with Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Kalana Greene on Wednesday after the Washington Mystics practiced in Uncasville made for a nice hour. They all look good, feel good and are excited about Thursday’s game at the casino against the Connecticut Sun.

“Just walking through airport [Bradley International] it felt nice to be back,” Dolson said. “Seeing all the fans again is going to be fun.”

Hartley agreed.

“I was saying to Stefanie that this feels like home,” Hartley said. “Maybe not being at Mohegan, although we did play here last year [the American Athletic Conference tournament]. But just Connecticut, in general. We hope the Connecticut fans we have here will show us a little bit of love [Thursday].”

Dolson and Hartley said most of their former UConn teammates and coaches are planning to attend the game. And they both were hoping to spend some time on campus with those now on campus taking classes and playing pick-up games at some point Wednesday, if transportation could be arranged.

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Hartley And Dolson Combine For 16 Points In Preseason Debut

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Former UConn All-Americans Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson combined for 16 points as the Washington Mystics opened the preseason with an 80-63 win over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday. The teams will play again Wednesday in Washington.

Hartley played 16 minutes, 54 seconds, made 4 of 11 shots (2 of 6 from three) and had six rebounds and two assists to score 10 points.

Dolson played 22 minutes, 01 second and was 2 of 5 from the field with four rebounds and two blocked shots. She scored six points.

As an added bonus, check out this video of the two provided by the WNBA. You will see a side of them – and hear some admissions from them – that neither of them ever spoke of during their days at State U.


On Fenway, Fallon And Mohegan Sun

by Categorized: American Athletic Conference, Jimmy Fallon, Stefanie Dolson, The Tonight Show, UConn men's basketball, UConn women's basketball, WNBA Date:

As we await the decision of A’ja Wilson this afternoon on ESPNU at 3 p.m. ….

The national champion UConn women and men will be heading to Fenway Park on April 22 to be honored by the world champion Red Sox. It is still unclear what kind of ceremony will take place before the game; you know, the first ball thing, who throws it, who catches it…But the Huskies will be there to share and get to see a baseball game. And what is better than that?

Stefanie Dolson [of the Washington Mystics] is still likely to show up on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, at some point, but as you can tell from watching NBC this week the show is already on a hiatus and in repeats. UConn is enlisting the help of NBC Connecticut executives in trying to put the gig together. If you recall, Stef asked Fallon to ‘Hit her up” during her impromptu address to the nation following UConn’s win over ND in the national championship game. Fallon did just that was using the first two minutes of his monologue one night latter to talk about the “Lady” Huskies and Dolson’s invite He invited her to play some one-on-one and XBox. Let’s hope it happens. And now, the WNBA can even help make it happen. It’s legal now.

The Mohegan Sun Arena and the American Athletic Conference will be announcing a one-year extension to their agreement to stage the conference tournament at the casino on Thursday morning. Let’s face it. the tournament would be there FOREVER, but no one is quite clear what UConn’s future is in the AAC and why would Mohegan Sun want a multiple-year deal with the AAC knowing its championship game might between East Carolina and Tulsa someday?

A Mystical Night For Those Who Value UConn Players

by Categorized: 2014 WNBA Draft, Bria Hartley, Mike Thibault, Seattle Storm, Stefanie Dolson, WNBA Date:

During his decade coaching the Connecticut Sun, Mike Thibault learned to appreciate how profesionally ready many UConn players seemed to be on draft.
And so, he entered the 2014 WNBA draft hoping to get UConn’s Stefanie Dolson or Bria Hartley for the Washington Mystics.
He ended with both.
“They know how to win. They expect to win. They practice every day to win,” Thibault said. “That is the mentality that has been instilled with them at UConn. And I would think the styles Geno and I use are somewhat close. They [UConn players] may learn some plays differently [in the WNBA}, but in terms of our expectations, our practices, the things we do, it’s very similar.
“In terms of myself, I know what I am getting [with UConn players]. They win. They are well-coached, well-prepared for this level.”

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Looks Like Dolson May Get Her Tonight Show Wish

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Stefanie Dolson has come to understand that most everything she said and did at UConn during her career was seen or heard by someone.
Like the time she slapped a pair of playful bunny ears and the POTUS at last year’s White House reception. That got a lot of people talking.
On Tuesday night, Dolson she said she was hoping for a call-out from The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon in the moments following UConn’s national championship game win over Notre Dame. What  she wasn’t expecting was that  Fallon would walk on stage on Wednesday and open his monologue talking about what the UConn senior said.
“Yes, it was definitely surprising,” Dolson said. “Especially after last year, when Ellen [DeGeneres] never got back to me. The fact that Jimmy Fallon actually said something about our team, and called me out to play [basketball and Xbox] with him was really cool. I was really excited last night when I saw it.
“We are trying to see if I can get there [to The Tonight Show, which is now taped in New York City]. I’m hoping we can bring the entire team. I’d rather all the guys get to be there and not just me.
“Can I take him in basketball? Uh, yeah. But in video games? I am terrible at Xbox.”
A spokesman in the UConn sports information office confirmed that the university and Fallon’s staff have been in touch about setting up an appearance.
Dolson will be a first-round selection in Monday’s WNBA Draft, held at Mohegan Sun Arena. And she will likely fly immediately to the team that drafts her to meet with the coaches and ownership, take a physical and hold press conferences before returning to school.  But it looks like this is going to happen once his people talk to her people

Dolson Has CLASS

by Categorized: 2014 NCAA women's tournament, Stefanie Dolson, UConn women's basketball Date:

Stefanie Dolson is kind enough to be one of the American Athletic Conference’s sportsmanship award winners. She is gifted enough to make its first team, tough enough to be its defensive player of the year.
There is more: Earlier this week, she was named a second-team All-American by Associated Press. And Saturday afternoon, she will likely be named to the WBCA’s All-American team for the second straight season, along with her teammates Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart.
Yes, it’s been quite a nice season for the Dolson. But it got even better on Friday.
Dolson, the axis upon which UConn’s offense runs, was selected to the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award NCAA Division I women’s basketball.

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An All-American Day For Five Huskies

by Categorized: Breanna Stewart, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Moriah Jefferson, Stefanie Dolson Date:

UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart took her place among the all-time greats in women’s basketball history Tuesday when she was named unanimously to the Associated Press All-America team.

But she is just one of five UConn players, the depth of its starting lineup, to earn some type of All-America designation.

Seniors Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson made the second-team. Sophomore Moriah Jefferson and junior Kalana Mosqueda-Lewis, a preseason All-American choice, were recognized with honorable mention.

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Almost Time To Say Goodbye To Dolson And Hartley

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Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley play their final UConn home games on Tuesday. Dolson will play her 150th game, making her 148th start, tying Renee Montgomery for the most in program history. Hartley will play in her 149th game, now just 78 points from becoming only the eighth player in program history to score 2,000 points. Dolson (1,049) also needs just six rebounds to pass Jamelle Elliott into fourth place among UConn rebounders.
Dolson is still getting herself back into game shape after struggling through the effects of a bad cold that sapped her strength. And finally playing Sunday after almost two weeks off following the AAC championship game on March 10 only made it harder.
“It started with flu-like symptoms and then turned into a really bad head cold,” Dolson said. “There were about five days when I really didn’t do much of anything. So I’ve been trying to get my legs and my lungs back to where they should be [endurance]. It’s definitely getting there. I felt better than I thought I would [Sunday night].”

Kristal Dolson Talks About Her Daughter, Stefanie

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On Saturday, Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson will get their turn to walk out to center court on Senior Day with their parents and greet Geno Auriemma one last formal time.
The day will have extra significance since both players will also see their uniform numbers raised to the Huskies Wall of Honor, since both are All-Americans.
On Monday, I spoke to Kristal Dolson about her daughter.

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Notes From Texas-Sized Rout

by Categorized: Courtney Ekmark, Gabby Williams, Geno Auriemma, Stefanie Dolson, UConn women's basketball Date:

When Stefanie Dolson was a freshman at UConn her expectations were very conservative for herself. But she will leave soon as one of the top players in program history.
Dolson had 16 points and 11 rebounds in Tuesday’s 101-42 win over SMU at Gampel Pavilion and now needs 46 rebounds to become just the fifth player in program history with 1,000, joining Tina Charles, Moore, Rebecca Lobo and Jamelle Elliott, whose Cincinnati team the Huskies play Saturday.
Dolson has also scored 1,602 points in her career.
“Did I think I’d have 1,000 rebounds? No. But I will be very excited about that,” Dolson said. “How could I have expected that when I came here knowing I wasn’t very good at it [rebounding]. And I’ve just recently found out how few players have done it. It’s very exciting to think about.”
Dolson says she usually is not a very sentimental person, but she does know February represents the start of the final stage of her career.
“Am I sentimental? Eh, somewhat, it depends,” Dolson said. “I’m not one who gets sentimental in the moment, but sometimes when I am alone in my room, thinking about life, I do get sad [about the end of her career].
“I was sitting with Stewie [Breanna Stewart] the other day and I suddenly turned to her and said, “Stewie, I am really going to miss you.’ And she said, ‘Oh stop it.’ And that was the end of my moment.”
Scholar-athletes honored
Seven women’s basketball players were among the approximately 300 student-athletes honored at the halftime for achieving at least a 3.0 in the last spring and fall semester: Dolson, Breanna Stewart, Bria Hartley, Tierney Lawlor, Briana Pulido, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes.
“I wanted to stay out on the floor and watch the ceremony,” Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t think we make as big a deal of it as we should. How hard our players work is undervalued and underappreciated.”
Williams in the best place
Gabby Williams, one of UConn’s four incoming freshman next season, will be having her second ACL surgery Thursday at St. Francis Hospital. Dr. Michael Joyce will perform the procedure.
That Williams, who lives in Nevada, is coming to Connecticut is an indication of how much the program values her well-being and how much confidence it has in the surgical team that has repaired many knees in the history of the program.
“She is going to be here [in Connecticut] all summer,” Auriemma said. “It made all the sense in the world for her to come here for surgery and then be able to have the doctor watch her all summer. … If was going to school in Texas, she would probably have it done there. In my mind that’s the smart thing to do. She is part of our program. I don’t give a damn about what the NCAA has to say, since she hasn’t enrolled yet. When a kid signs a letter of intent with us, they effectively become part of our program. We should do all we can to keep her as close as possible.”
Williams, 5-foot-11, had her first surgery nearly a year ago after the initial right ACL injury ended her junior season. She re-injured the knee on Jan. 21 but was allowed to played in two more games before an MRI showed a complete tear. Williams and Courtney Ekmark, another of the four-player class, are expected to attend Sunday’s game against No. 5 Louisville at Gampel Pavilion.
Milestone updates
UConn’s 30-game winning streak is tied for fifth all-time in program history. The Huskies put together a similar streak from Feb. 5, 2000-Jan. 13, 2001 … Stewart’s 20 points moved her within 41 of becoming the 39th player in UConn history to score 1,000 points. Tuesday was her 60th game with the program. If she stays on pace she will reach it faster than anyone in program history but Maya Moore, who did it in 55 games. .. Hartley needs one three-pointer to tie Mel Thomas (224) for sixth all-time at UConn.  She was 5 of 6 from three on Tuesday. She needs 14 rebounds and five assists to join Diana Taurasi and Moore as the only players in team history with 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists. In her last six games, Hartley is 51 of 88 from the field, 21 of 39 from three with 30 assists and nine turnovers… Mosqueda-Lewis is now 66 points shy of becoming the third player on this team (Dolson and Hartley) with at least 1,500 points. No UConn team has ever has three players simultaneously who have done that … The Huskies have trailed for just 30:11 of the first 960 minutes this season. … The Huskies had 31 assists, tying a season-high set at Temple last week. They came into the game averaging 22.1, on pace to set a new program record