Stefanie Dolson's transformation into a big-time Division I post has been validated many times with her performance this season. On Monday, the Big East Conference offered affirmation by selecting the UConn junior as its Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
She scored a team-high 16 points against the Cardinals, shooting 8 of 11 from the floor with a nine rebounds. Dolson followed it with a career-high 25 points against Syracuse on Saturday, adding seven rebounds and six assists. She became the 36th Husky to join the 1,000-point club.
"If it's a night when I am needed to just rebound or try to get someone else on the team an open shot, I'm willing to do that as well [instead of scoring]," Dolson said. "I'm really into that.
"When someone comes to a program like Connecticut, you don't come here to be here. You come to try to be the best player you possible can become and do big things."
Dolson is the first UConn player to be selected Player of the Week this season. Breanna Stewart has twice been the conference's Rookie of the Week.
Dolson entered Monday's game against Duke ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage (60.4) and made 3 of 6 shots for six points in 23 minutes during the Huskies' 79-49 win at Gampel.
In doing so, her streak of straight games in double-figures ended at eight.
"I just hope Stefanie keeps getting better every day and I know that is her goal," Geno Auriemma said.
Last year against Duke, Dolson played just 13 minutes because of foul trouble. And she was saddled with four again Monday.
Dolson was honored before the game in ceremony to commemorate her milestone 1,000th point.
Tough Against Top Five
The Huskies have now won 14 of their past 19 games against teams ranked in the Top 5 by the The Associated Press. That includes this season's win over No. 1 Stanford and loss to No. 5 Notre Dame. … Kelly Faris is still ranked first in assist/turnover ratio. She now has 79 assists and 27 turnovers. … Duke, the nation's top three-point shooting team, in terms of percentage (43.2), was 5 of 10 on Monday. But the Huskies are averaging nine a game, which not only leads the nation, but is on course to break the program record (7.2) set during the 2008-09 season. They were 9 of 21 on Monday with Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis leading the way by shooting 4 of 8.
Next To A Grand
Faris scored 18 points Monday to move within 95 of 1,000. She now has 252 steals, tied with UConn assistant Shea Ralph for seventh in program history. … Mosqueda-Lewis , who scored 21 against the Blue Devils, is 137 shy of the 1,000-point milestone. Mosqueda-Lewis is now 48 of 97 from three. … The Huskies have trailed for just 19 minutes, 26 seconds of the first 660 minutes this season.
Duke sophomore Elizabeth Williams came into the game with at least one block in every game she's played in college (49) and has totally recovered from a stress fracture in her right leg. She leads Duke in points (15.8), rebounds (5.9) and blocked shots (3.3) a game. She had two more blocks, but scored just 11 points in 33 minutes with six rebounds. … Guard Chelsea Gray was 1 of 6 for two points in 31 minutes.
The Blue Devils came into the game averaging 79.0 points, the most the school has scored since the 2005-06 season. … Connecticut Sun GM Chris Sienko was the game in a scouting capacity.