UConn women begin four-game homestand vs. Colgate

Hartford - UConn's women's basketball team has not played at home since a season-opening victory over College of Charleston on Nov. 11.

Headed into tonight's matchup with Colgate at the XL Center in Hartford (7 p.m., SNY), here are a few things you might have missed while the second-ranked Huskies were away from home:

Freshman Breanna Stewart, a 6-foot-4 forward, has continued to excel, being named the Most Valuable Player of the Paradise Jam tournament, which UConn (5-0) concluded Saturday with a 91-57 rout of No. 14 Purdue. The only other freshman to be named MVP of that tournament was former UConn great Maya Moore.

"I think she showed over these last three games that she's got an awful lot of ways to help her team," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said following the three wins in three days in the Virgin Islands.

"Whether it's offensively making jump shots or whether it's getting in the lane. Defensively, it's blocking shots. She just has an awful lot of skills that over three games in one place, a lot of people are going to notice."

Stewart leads UConn with 17.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, leading the team in scoring in four of five games. She is shooting 65.4 percent.

Also at the Paradise Jam, junior All-America guard Bria Hartley made her debut after missing the first two games of the season with a sprained ankle.

Hartley, who said the first couple games she felt "out of place and out of rhythm," went on to score 12 points in 18 minutes in the win over Purdue, shooting 5-for-7.

The game tonight against Colgate (2-3) marks the start of a four-game homestand, which includes matchups against No. 11 Maryland (Monday at the XL Center) and No. 6 Penn State (Thursday at Gampel Pavilion).

"You come down here to win three games," Auriemma said from the Paradise Jam. "We want to play a certain way and establish a certain identity of who we are and how few are going to play so that we know and that everyone knows that when Connecticut plays this year, this is what's going to happen.

"Last year, we could only play six or seven guys max because that's all that could contribute to us winning. This year we've got way more than that. People have had to adjust their roles a little bit and it's worked out well so far."

Sophomore forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (16.2 ppg) is listed as doubtful for tonight after suffering a concussion during Saturday's game.


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