When Auriemma subbed Dolson out at the end of the game, he stopped her on the way to the bench to let her know that she now has a career record of 2-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Dolson looked as if she wanted to keep chatting, but Auriemma turned his attention back to the action. Afterward, he joked to the media that Dolson told him in the locker room she "has no weaknesses." Dolson, sitting next to her coach at the podium, quickly objected and said, "Wait, let's not put words in my mouth!" (Later, she made clear that he was basically making things up for the heck of it.)
The takeaway is that Auriemma trusts Dolson. He seems to know she is the player most responsible -- minute in, minute out -- for making the Huskies the No. 1 team in the country. Sure, when Stewart remembers how much better she is at basketball than most everyone else, UConn becomes better, too. Scary good. But that is not all of the time. (On Tuesday, Stewart was 6-for-12 from the field in the first half, 2-for-7 in the second.) Dolson is as steady as they come.
If you want to understand how essential Dolson is to UConn, look no farther than the Duke locker room, home of the country's second-best team.
"We have to own up," Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "Own up and grow and change and use this. It's very disappointing because we didn't fight throughout. We fought and then we didn't fight. It wasn't the consistent fight that we wanted to have as a team, but this helps us on our journey to get better and figure things out, whether it's ball movement or stops on defense. There are quite a few things we can look at."
Consistency. Fight. Ball movement. Defensive stops.
Sounds like a scouting report on Stefanie Dolson.