The United States Pan American Games team made it look easy Friday 24 hours after a tough opening day game.
UConn senior standout Stewart led five Americans in double figures with 16 points as Team USA improved to 2-0 in Group A play with a 94-55 rout of the Dominican Republic in Toronto.
"I thought we played very well, especially right out of the gate," Team USA coach Lisa Bluder of Iowa said. "Sometimes you get a big lead like that and I think it is hard to keep your focus. You saw that with a few too many turnovers on our side. We just had more skill tonight. We had more height, we had more physical play, and I think it obviously showed."
Stewart was 7-for-9 from the floor and also had five rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Fellow UConn senior All-American Moriah Jefferson missed both of her shots from the floor and did not score, but did dish out three assists in 12 minutes.
Jefferson played 38 minutes and Stewart 36 against Brazil Thursday. Team USA will have to play five games in five days to win the gold medal and Bluder was able to go deep into her bench Friday.
"I think that was really important especially since last night was kind of a stressful game, a high tension, physical game," Bluder said. "It was nice to be able to give those starters some breathers, and especially Bre and Mo, who played significant minutes last night."
Stewart scored 10 points in the first 6:08 as Team USA used an 8-0 run to start the game and a pair of 12-0 runs to take a 32-6 lead after one quarter. It was 48-21 at halftime.
The last 11 players that took the floor for the Americans played between 12 (Jefferson) and 24 (Washington's Kelsey Plum) minutes. South Carolina's Alaina Coates added 14 points in the win.
"These types of games are always good because we're able to work on some things that we aren't able to work on, especially since we have such a short amount of time together," Villanova's Caroline Coyer said.
Team USA (2-0) wraps up Group A play Saturday night against Puerto Rico (1-1).
"They are an excellent team, scrappy," Bluder said. "We have a height advantage like we did tonight. We need to use that."
Also Friday, UConn sophomore guard Kia Nurse had seven points, three rebounds, and two assists as Team Canada topped Argentina 73-58 in Group B pool play. Canada (2-0) has clinched a spot in the semifinals and completes Group B play Saturday against Cuba (2-0).
If Team USA and Canada win Saturday, they would be lined up to play in Monday's gold-medal game. But if Team USA wins and Canada loses Saturday, they would match up in Sunday's semifinals.
(Quotes courtesy of USA Basketball)