WATCH: UConn’s Breanna Stewart scores 23 points in WNBA debut


(WTNH)–What, you thought Breanna Stewart wasn’t just going to step out onto the court in her WNBA debut and start dominating?

Like she didn’t just spend the last four years becoming a transcendent star, winning for national championships, hanging out with Barack Obama on a regular basis and making the rest of women’s basketball look like the computer in NBA Live ’98?

The No. 1 pick of the Seattle Storm balled out in her debut against the Los Angeles Sparks at the Staples Center on Sunday, scoring 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting and logging 33-plus minutes, the second-most on the team. She also picked up six rebounds and three assists, and shot 5-of-8 from the free throw line. Unfortunately for Stewie and teammate Sue Bird, also a Huskies legend, the Storm were smashed by the Sparks, 96-66.

“I felt good. As each quarter went on, I felt more comfortable in the game and with what we were trying to do,” Stewart told reporters after the game. “Obviously, there were a lot of mistakes. That’s going to happen. But it was fun. Being matched up with a team like them, they’re great.”

“For my first game, it’s one I’ll remember. We lost, and that sucks. But I think there is a lot of good to come out of it as well.”

As a rookie out of UConn, obviously, Stewart isn’t used to losing. In her four years at Connecticut, she lost exactly four games–and only one after her freshman year, when a downtrodden 27-3 UConn squad won the national title. She’s also won five gold medals for Team USA, including a world championship at the 2014 FIBA games in Turkey.

She told’s Michelle Voepel that she can’t even remember the last time her team was down 30 in a game, or if it had ever happened before.

“It is a little weird; it’s a different perspective,” Stewart said. “But I think that at this level, it’s going to be a challenge. I haven’t been in a position where I’ve been down 20 and had to fight back.”

After the game, Sparks head coach Brian Agler had some nice things to say about the three-time NCAA Player of the Year.

“I think she has a chance to be a special player,” Agler said. “The game is different; it’s a little more physical. But in the second half, she sort of settled in and found her spots. She did some things on the move that impressed me.”

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