UConn Women Vs. Marist

UConn freshman Breanna Stewart, left, and Marist's Emma O'Connor collide at the Paradise Jam Friday night in the Virgin Islands. (Thomas Layer, Special to The Courant / November 23, 2012)

It promises to be a familiar refrain on opposing benches this season.

Along with providing his players a splash of sunshine, Auriemma and his coaches are using this tournament to prepare for whatever rainy days may be ahead.

What's already clear after 160 minutes of action is that Auriemma's umbrella this season may be as magical as the one that carried Mary Poppins over London.

"We have our rotation set, the five who will start and who will be the first two or three off the bench," Auriemma said. "From there, I do want everyone to play, and I do want them all to get some experience.

"But at the same time, this is one of those years that if you get into the game and don't have anything going, then we are not going to play you as much as we needed to do over the last few years. We're not trying to specifically get people minutes, but it's an effort to give everyone an opportunity to show what they have to give us."

The Huskies came into the game with no player averaging more than 28.3 minutes (Mosqueda-Lewis), and that's the way Auriemma likes it. And those minutes likely will continue to spread now that Bria Hartley is back.

"It's exciting to be a part of all the talent we have," Hartley said. "It's great to be on the floor with them, see it happening, be a part of it."

Marist did the best it could with its undersized lineup. The Red Foxes lost to Purdue on Thursday 71-50, falling behind by 20 at the half by missing all 13 of their three-point shots.

Only Heather Buck did not play in the first half. Once again, Mosqueda-Lewis led the way with 17 minutes, followed by Dolson, who played 16.

Stewart shared the first-half scoring lead with Mosqueda-Lewis (10).

"Scoring is not going to be a problem for her," Auriemma said.

Hartley played only 13 minutes and did not score after returning Thursday against Wake Forest with 15 minutes. But she had five first-half assists.