It was just another day in paradise for the UConn Huskies women's basketball team. And by paradise, I just don't mean the tropical location they are at right now.
For the second straight game, the Huskies started strong and fast on their way to 81-39 pasting of the Marist Red Foxes at the Paradise Jam being held at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
No. 2 UConn improves to 4-0 while Marist falls to 2-3. The Huskies will take on the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday night for the title as both teams are 2-0 in the tourney at approximately 8:15 p.m.
Another game, just another leading scoring effort for freshman sensation Breanna Stewart. She picked up first career double-double as she had 20 points and 10 rebounds. She also had UConn's only blocked shot.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 15 points and six rebounds while Kelly Faris had 10 points and five rebounds. Moriah Jefferson rounded out the Huskies in double-figures with 10 points. Bria Hartley came off the bench to lead the team with five assists.
Emma O'Conner led Marist with 18 points before fouling out. Madeline Blais had six points while Elizabeth Beynnon led them with six rebounds to go along with her four points and three assists.
With Purdue having won both of their games, it'd be nice to see them give the Huskies a bit of challenge. But if UConn comes out fast and strong like they have the past two games in the Virgin Islands, it could be a long night for the Boilermakers.
Here are the postgame quotes from UConn head coach Geno Auriemma as well as some of his players.
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photo credit: thomas layer – special to hartford courant