UConn’s comprehensive 105-37 win over Idaho Saturday featured six players scoring in double-figures led by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who scored each of her 23 points in the first half.
And it was accomplished without freshman Breanna Stewart. She was held out of the game as a precautionary measure after feeling something pull in her left calf at practice Friday.
“I grabbed a rebound and went back up to shoot the ball and something just didn’t the greatest in the back of my leg,” Stewart said. “But I kept practicing. It wasn’t comfortable. But I felt well enough to play through it.
“I got it examined and then had an MRI, which came back good, I was planning to play [Saturday] until I was told I would not.”
Stewart scored 51 points in three Big East tournament games and was named to the first conference team.
Geno Auriemma said there seemed no need for Stewart to play and thought she would likely be able to go Monday against Vanderbilt in the second round.
“We felt that it would be better if we used precaution to let her have an extra day [rest],” Auriemma said. “We wanted to almost guarantee that she would be ready for Monday night.”