Hey, Shabazz Napier, Stefanie Dolson is unimpressed with your 14-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist effort against Yale last week. Actually, that's probably not true, but Dolson, the center for the top-ranked Huskies, registered her very own triple-double Wednesday in UConn's 114-68 victory over Oregon at Hartford's XL Center.
For the record, Dolson had 26 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists in only the second triple-double in the Geno Auriemma era.
“I knew the way of the game was going it was bound to happen," Dolson said afterwards. "I think every player tries to improve every part of their game. I’ve always been a good passer but ever since I’ve gotten here I’ve been better at scoring and gotten better at rebounding. I’m proud of myself and my teammates for finding me and allowing me to get this tonight.”
Breanna Stewart led the team in scoring with 28 points but all anyone was talking about was Dolson's impressive accomplishment.
“You have to be a pretty good all around player to accomplish something like that," Auriemma said. "Stefanie hasn’t had the chance to handle the ball much these last couple games because defenses have been playing against her. I though tonight she was fabulous. She did all of the things that make her the All-American she is. That is what we have come to expect from Stefanie and I am really happy for her. Nobody deserves it more than her."
When Auriemma was asked if the bench was aware that Dolson was closing in on the triple-double, he said: “About a minute and a half before it happened, I wanted to leave Stefanie and Bria Hartley in there. I tend to do that for the seniors…it’s the last time they will be playing, their senior year. It’s their last time out…they deserve it. So, I was going to leave her in there until the end, then someone said to me she needs one more assist for a triple double. I just hoped she was going to get it."
Even Oregon coach Paul Westhead conceded that Dolson was dominant.
“She was close to perfect," he said. "Her shooting, her poise, her rebounding, her passing. I know she’s a good passer. I wasn’t surprised."