Jefferson Under The Weather; Elliott Paces Hawks

Freshman Moriah Jefferson played just three first-half minutes, matching her season-low, at Hartford today. She left the bench in the second half for a period of time before later returning.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said that Jefferson has been ill for the past couple of days.

“She’s struggling a little bit,’’ Auriemma said. “She’s not quite sure what ails her. She’s just got a bug or something. The day after the Oakland game (Thursday) she started feeling lousy and hasn’t gotten a whole lot better. We tried it (today), and it just didn’t work out. So hopefully she’ll be OK after a couple days.’’

Former Fairfield Warde star Daphne Elliott led the Hawks with 10 points (3-of-5 FG; 2-of-4 3-pointers) in 24 minutes. She had scored a combined 10 points (5-of-14 FG) in the previous three games and had not reached double figures since generating 12 points against Richmond Nov. 18.

Elliott had also scored combined three points (1-of-7 FG) in 37 minutes in two previous meetings against UConn.

“We played them my freshman year and I kind of didn’t do well,’’ Elliott said. “And we played them my sophomore year and I kind didn’t do well. So it was about time for me to kind of just step up to the plate and have a scoring mentality and just be careful of where my scoring’s coming from. I think it’s something that I needed just to boost my confidence because the season has been up and down for me offensively.’’