UConn freshmen Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson combined for 40 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and seven steals in 68 minutes against the College of Charleston. Stewart had a game-high 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Tuck had 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Cougars provided little opposition in the opener. That will change Sunday when UConn meets No. 16 Texas A&M at Reed Arena. It is expected that the Aggies will provide Stewart, Tuck and Jefferson with their first challenge.
“I would imagine that the three of them will play well,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “But the quickness that A&M has and the fact that their strength is pretty much in their perimeter players will be a good test for these guys.’’
Said UConn sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis: “These freshmen, I think Coach has said it before, they play like they’ve already been in college for a year. So I think they’ll be fine.’’
The trio is looking forward to being tested. Auriemma is certainly looking forward to seeing how they respond when tested.
“Not as of right now I’m not (intimidated),’’ Stewart said. “I’m just I guess more excited for it. I think it’s going to be a really exciting trip and it’s going to be a big game. And I’m just excited to play it.
“I don’t any pressure right now. I’m just going to go out and try to help the team as best I can. If that means get rebounds, score points, it doesn’t matter. Just whatever I can do to help.’’