Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma saw a switch turn on inside freshman Breanna Stewart just before the Big East tournament.
In the Huskies final six games of the regular season, last year's national high school player of the year averaged just over seven points.
In the six she has played in the postseason, Stewart has averaged more than 17 points and five rebounds, while blocking 14 shots. Her performance earned Most Outstanding Play honors in the Bridgeport Regional and helped UConn reach its sixth straight Final Four.
''I can't get inside her head and I can't say for sure what it was, but I know there was a different look about her,'' Auriemma said after the Huskies beat Kentucky in the regional final. ''I went to West Chester State University, If I went to Yale or someplace like that, I would say her countenance has changed.''
Auriemma said he thinks other teams have been surprised by the ability of the gangly 6-foot-4 Stewart to run the floor, shoot from the outside and block ...