Spectacular Stewart (37 Points) Leads UConn To Win

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Approximately six miles from where he was raised in Norristown, Geno Auriemma time traveled Tuesday to McGonigle Hall.
This place, an incubator of regional college basketball, was one of the places Auriemma watched and learned from his bleachers. But this night was different. This was the first time in his 29 years of coaching at UConn he was teaching and directing from its sideline.
Those were great nights, games and players that created wonderful memories. But Auriemma operates in different world now, and he brought one his players, one of the game’s great players, with him.
And Sophomore Breanna Stewart, on her way to her first All-American season, put on one of the great shooting displays in program history.
Stewart scored a career-high 37 points, shooting 15 of 19 from the field, to single-handedly carry No. 1 UConn (22-0, 9-0) over Temple, 93-56.
It was her 10th game with at least 20 points this season.
Stewart was unflappable, unstoppable and unbelievable in the first half when she shot 10 of 11 to score 25 points. She scored 15 of UConn’s final 25 points in  the half after it has squandered a 14-point lead to briefly trail, 23-22, with 7:54 to go.
She tied her career-high (29 points) with 17:44 to play, making 12 of her first 13 shots. She broke it on an old-school three with 9:11 remaining.
It was the most points scored by a UConn player since Maya Moore’s 36 in the in the 2011 Final Four against Notre Dame. There had been only three 40-point games in program history; Nykesha Sales’ record-setting 46 in 1997 and games of 41 (2010) and 40 (2009) by Moore.
The Huskies (22-0, 9-0) have now won 28 straight, two shy of tying the fifth-longest winning streak in program history.
They can take a step closer Saturday at Cincinnati, the second leg of Auriemma’s road swing to programs coached by former assistant coaches.
Stefanie Dolson had 11 points and 13 reboinds. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 points and six rebounds. Bria Hartley added 16 points and 11 assists. And Moriah Jefferson did it again, dishing 12 assists with just two turnovers.

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