Kevin Ollie Gave a UConn Player a Celebratory Face Slap

Kevin Ollie slapped Terrence SamuelAfter UConn beat Iowa State tonight, head coach Kevin Ollie exited his sideline interview with recent TBL profile topic Allie LaForce and gave freshman guard Terrence Samuel a celebratory slap to the face. After which the other Huskies huddled around were like OH NO HE DIDN’T, and everybody appeared to stay happily ever after.


UConn holds off Iowa State at MSG


THE BIG APPLE – DeAndre Daniels' UConn teammates were going to keep passing him the ball until he cooled off.

By the time that happened, it was too late for Iowa State.

Daniels scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, and the Huskies hung on for an 81-seventy six victory Friday to reach the East Regional final a year after UConn was barred from the NCAA match.

"DeAndre's a scorer, and once you are feeling that you've that confidence, the following shot's going to go in," said senior Shabazz Napier, who knows a thing or two about scoring himself. "We stored feeding him, and he bought super scorching."

Daniels hit his first six photographs after halftime, the one Husky to make a area aim for over eight half of minutes. His three-pointer gave seventh-seeded UConn a forty nine-32 lead.

The third-seeded Cyclones rallied late, pulling within sixty seven-63 with 2 half minutes remaining. However senior Niels Giffey hit a three in the nook for his first factors because the recreation's opening moments, and when the Huskies (29-8) made their free throws within the remaining minute, the UConn followers packing Madison Sq. Backyard could have a good time.

The Huskies will face fourth-seeded Michigan State on Sunday for a trip to the Final 4.

Dustin Hogue scored a profession-excessive 34 factors for Iowa State (28-8), but Large 12 participant of the year Melvin Ejim was three of 13 for seven points, greater than eleven below his average.

The Cyclones, within the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000, had been enjoying their second game with out third-leading scorer Georges Niang, who broke his foot of their tournament opener.

They trailed by sixteen with less than 7 half of minutes to go however almost came all the way again behind Hogue's scoring inside.

"That is who these guys are, they're fighters," coach Fred Hoiberg stated.

With UConn clinging to a 70-sixty five lead and fewer than a minute left, Iowa State's Naz Lengthy missed a three-pointer, and the 6-1 Napier pulled down the rebound and was fouled by Hogue. The guard calmly drilled each free throws.

UConn was 20 of twenty-two from the foul line, while Iowa State was 6 of 15.

Napier, the American Athletic Conference player of the 12 months, drained 4 early three-pointers, then made just one more area purpose the remainder of the best way. However the quick start by Napier and backcourt mate Ryan Boatright opened up house for the 6-foot-9 Daniels, an inconsistent junior who can score all over the courtroom when he is on.

Since a stretch in late February and early March when he failed to achieve double figures in 4 straight games, Daniels had averaged 15 in his last six outings before Friday. Then towards Iowa State, he shot 10 of 15 and pulled down 10 rebounds.

"With our seniors on this staff, I simply need them to exit with a bang," Daniels stated.

Ejim and DeAndre Kane, Iowa State's prime scorers, have been a mixed 9 of 31. But Hogue, from nearby Yonkers, discovered plenty of space, shooting 15 for 19.

"To play within the Backyard, it's one thing I dreamed about as a child," he mentioned.

After Napier's tough early 3-pointers – he was falling away on two of them and stepping back to open a sliver of space on a 3rd – Boatright and Daniels took over. The three combined for all however six of the Huskies' factors as they constructed a 36-26 halftime lead.

Second-year coach Kevin Ollie is now 3-zero within the NCAA event after taking over for mentor Jim Calhoun, who gave him a giant hug after this one was over. The final time UConn made it this far, the Huskies won a nationwide title when Napier and Giffey have been freshmen.

The current upperclassmen might have transferred after this system's low scores on the NCAA's tutorial progress measure stored UConn from final yr's Large East and NCAA tournaments.

"We were banned from quite a lot of issues," Ollie stated. "We couldn't come here for the match, but they weren't banned from loving and pushing and encouraging one another, and that is what it's all about. Those darkish times, if you don't surrender at nighttime instances, it can reverse, the wind will begin going in your favor, your path.

"And I think that is what's happened now."

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Napier (25 points) leads UConn to victory over Villanova

BUFFALO, N.Y. – First Duke, then Syracuse. Now second-seeded Villanova has been eliminated.

The Wildcats turned the best seed to fall within the NCAA event so far after Shabazz Napier scored 25 factors in leading No. 7 seed Connecticut to a seventy seven-65 victory in a 3rd-spherical game Saturday evening.

Napier had 21 points within the second half and helped put the sport away by hitting three consecutive three-pointers to present the Huskies a 54-forty five lead with 6:08 remaining. Napier was restricted to 8 minutes in the first half by foul hassle, and he avoided a serious scare when he briefly left the sport after hurting his proper shin with 4:01 left.

Connecticut (28-8) advanced to the East Regional semifinals in New York Metropolis, where they will play the winner of Sunday’s game between third-seeded Iowa State and No. 6 seed North Carolina.

UConn coach Kevin Ollie improved to 2-zero in his event debut, two years since taking on after Jim Calhoun stepped down due to well being issues, and a year after the Huskies have been barred from postseason play because of educational sanctions.

Ryan Arcidiacono scored 18 factors for Villanova (29-5) in a matchup of two former Huge East rivals.

The Wildcats’ loss got here on the heels of another upset in Buffalo. The game was performed immediately after Dayton, the eleventh seed in the South Region, beat third-seeded Syracuse 55-fifty three.

UConn advanced to the round of 16 for the seventeenth time in its 32nd event look.

And the Huskies did it in their first season as members of the American Athletic Convention after the Huge East was realigned following a sequence of defections.

Lasan Kromah scored 12 factors for UConn, whereas DeAndre Daniels, Ryan Boatright and Terrence Samuel every had 11.

Villanova remained a Large East holdover, but wound up being bounced by a well-recognized foe.

Napier, a member of UConn’s 2011 national championship team, continued to lead the Huskies after he scored 24 factors in an 89-eighty one additional time win in opposition to Saint Joseph’s in the second round Thursday.

The groups traded leads 4 occasions in the opening 5:25 of the second half, with Daniels placing UConn ahead for good, 37-36, with a layup.

Connecticut eventually took control in a span of 1:32, throughout which it hit three consecutive 3-tips to build a 51-forty lead. Kromah started the surge and Napier capped it with a pair of 3s – and struck a pose for the cameras after hitting the second one with 8:fifty nine left.

Napier’s injury initially appeared serious after his leg got tangled up with Hilliard while driving to the basket on the other end. Napier limped off and then sat on the bench in frustration, holding a towel to his eyes.

Napier, however, solely missed about 40 seconds of motion, and confirmed no sign of being bothered by the harm on the Huskies’ subsequent trip up the ground.

Holding the ball atop the 3-level arc, he blew previous a defender while driving into the paint after which flipped in an underhanded reverse high off the backboard to place UConn ahead 60-fifty one with 2:19 remaining.

James Bell scored 14 factors and Darrun Hilliard added 13 for Villanova.

Poor capturing continued to haunt the Wildcats, who were coming off a seventy five-fifty three win over Milwaukee on Thursday.

After hitting 5 of their first eight makes an attempt via the primary 6:eleven, the Wildcats closed the half going 2 of 15. Their offense went stone cold after Hilliard hit a 3 to put them up 19-9 with 11:30 left.

Villanova went 11:24 and not using a subject goal, lacking 10 straight pictures earlier than Arcidiacono hit a three-pointer with 5.9 seconds left within the first half that reduce the Huskies’ result in 25-24.

Villanova was down 42-36 with 11:48 left when Hilliard drove into a gap on the precise wing and, as he went up to shoot, the ball slipped out of his fingers and bounced out of bounds.

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UConn No. 1 in Lincoln; Stanford draws No. 2

Connecticut has landed within the Lincoln Region as the top seed for the women's NCAA tournament, which begins Saturday.

The Huskies (34-zero) will likely be making an attempt for a document ninth NCAA title, which might break a tie with Tennessee for most all-time.

Fellow unbeaten Notre Dame (32-0) additionally picked up a No. 1 seed as host of the Notre Dame Area, with Tennessee drawing the top seed in the Louisville Area and South Carolina getting the No. 1 seed within the Stanford Area.

Notre Dame plays in opposition to Robert Morris on Saturday. UConn opens Sunday in opposition to No. sixteen Prairie View.

It units the stage for the former Massive East rivals to meet in an historic national championship game and is simply the second time two groups have entered the NCAA match undefeated.

In the event that they do both get to Nashville, the Irish can be all that stands between Geno Auriemma and a report ninth title.

"We actually have not talked, I wager hardly at all, about this national championship or what number it's or any of that," Auriemma stated.

Regardless of being the 13th girls's staff to go unbeaten throughout the regular season, the Irish have felt almost unappreciated with most of the talk centered on the Huskies. Coach Muffet McGraw does not appear to mind.

"I like it as a result of we are able to get a chip on our shoulder and head into the event with a bit of chip," she said.

Although UConn and Notre Dame didn't play this season, the two teams know plenty about one another having met 12 instances over the previous three seasons. Notre Dame is not intimidated by Connecticut; the Irish have gained seven of the previous 9 meetings with the Huskies.

"It was very unusual to go through a complete season with out playing them, we're so used to it, 3 times yearly," McGraw stated. "We have gotten pretty good at beating them the last couple of years."

Earlier than the potential meeting of unbeatens, the 2 may need to go through SEC powers Tennessee and South Carolina, who also earned No. 1 seeds.

Whereas it is the twenty second time that the Girl Vols have earned a high spot, it's the primary for the Gamecocks. The Huskies, Lady Vols and Gamecocks all may should play on an opponent's residence court docket with a trip to Nashville on the line. Stanford, Notre Dame, Louisville and Nebraska, who're all internet hosting regionals, had been a mixed fifty two-3 at residence this season.

The Lady Vols, who gained the SEC tournament championship, are the highest seed in the Louisville Regional and would also like nothing more than to interrupt the tie with Connecticut and win their ninth NCAA title. They open up against Northwestern State and will probably be trying to end a five-12 months drought of not making the Closing 4. The Girl Vols won't have an easy path. West Virginia is the second seed. Host Louisville is the three seed and Maryland is the four.

Tennessee was concerned in the one different meeting between unbeatens. The Lady Vols routed Liberty within the opener of the 1998 tournament when both have been undefeated.

Like their SEC rivals, South Carolina would not have an easy street to the Ultimate 4. The Gamecocks may face an inspired younger North Carolina group in the regional semifinals before potentially taking part in host Stanford.

The Tar Heels and their stellar freshman class, led by Diamond Deshields, beat the Gamecocks in December. The Tar Heels also might have coach Sylvia Hatchell again on the sidelines at that point. The Corridor of Famer battled leukemia throughout the common season.

Whereas Hatchell's status is unknown for the match, Baylor shall be lacking coach Kim Mulkey for the first game. She is suspended for the primary round sport against Western Kentucky for comments she made last season after shedding to Louisville within the regional semifinals.

"I have not talked to the workforce in depth about me not coaching in the first recreation," Mulkey stated. "I will watch it on television at dwelling… I at all times tell the workforce something might happen to me on that sideline and it's best to be able to coach your self."

Connecticut may have to beat host Nebraska in the regional semifinals if each groups make it that far.

The host faculties have been chosen in October. Tennessee did not bid to host a regional because of a scheduling conflict at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Auriemma mentioned his school did not bid as a result of he didn't just like the concept of getting colleges host regionals.

"I do not imagine in it," Auriemma said. "I do not think it is fair and I informed our administration, 'We're passing on it. I don't want to do it.' So we did not."

Louisville coach Jeff Walz also would not like the concept of host websites for the regional rounds. Walz cited Louisville's eighty two-eighty one upset of prime-ranked Baylor in last 12 months's Oklahoma Metropolis Regional semifinal as evidence.

"I exploit us as an example," Walz stated. "If we played Baylor at Baylor last yr, I am not sure we win that game.. I am an enormous proponent of enjoying regionals on neutral flooring and I'm excited that we will again to."

The choice to have schools host regionals was made in an effort to attract larger crowds.

Last season, the NCAA posted an average attendance of 5,883 for all event games, a 21-p.c improve over 2012. But the event had posted average attendances of a minimum of 6,400 every year from 1998-2005.

The common attendance for regional rounds last yr was 7,a hundred, a 38-% improve over 2012 but a far cry from 10 to fifteen years in the past. Average attendance within the regional rounds had been over 8,000 5 occasions in a seven-yr stretch from 1998-2004.

"I believe residence courts are a real a part of the women's event versus the men's event," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.

Next 12 months, the regionals will likely be back at impartial websites.

Auriemma has one idea for serving to these impartial sites draw massive crowds.

"We do have to search out, I believe, 4 cities which are hotbeds or probably, for ladies's basketball and we have got to offer them an opportunity to host the regionals, and give it to them for a few years at a time, instead of only a one-shot deal," Auriemma stated.

The Huskies have made it to the Closing Four in a file six straight seasons. They hope to make it to Nashville to maintain that streak alive.

If the Huskies do win the national championship it would be the fifth time they went undefeated in a season. This would be the first time that they gained 40 games, joining Baylor as the only teams ever to perform that feat.

The defending national champions have won games by an average of 36 points. They open up at home towards Prairie View A&M on Sunday evening. The Lady Panthers grew to become the ninth team to reach the NCAA event with a shedding file when they won the Southwestern Convention championship.

Tennessee will be making its 33rd straight look in the NCAA match, entering into the sector ever year. 5 teams will probably be making their first trip – Akron, North Dakota, South Dakota, Winthrop and Wright State.

Whereas these colleges will be getting their first taste of the NCAAs, Chattanooga's Jim Foster grew to become the first coach to take four totally different groups to the NCAA tournament.


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UConn Bench Goes Wild As Walk-On Pat Lenehan Hits 3-Pointer in Blowout

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UConn beat South Florida in Hartford on Wednesday evening, 83-forty. The Huskies’ ultimate points came on a nook three-pointer from walk-on sophomore, Pat Lenehan, with slightly below 3-minutes remaining in the game. It was Lenehan’s first profession basket and the remaining crowd went wild. As did the UConn bench. Especially that dude doing the double-arm, swimming karate chop from the sumo place. Don’t worry, somebody put it to music because college sports are one of the best when they're celebrating the guys who not often get on the floor.


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UConn ends Baylor’s 69-game home streak

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WACO, Texas rapid Connecticut instructor Geno Auriemma was since anxious as anyone to see how his top-ranked Huskies would handle a detailed online game.

Breanna Stewart made a short baseline jumper with 10½ minutes left, starting a fabulous game-ending 16-6 run after Number 7 Baylor got screwed up within one level, plus the Huskies went on to a 66-55 success Monday night in order to click the Lady Bears' national-best 69-game home winning skills.

"There were certain possession that people had to win all those items, and we do, " Auriemma said. "Even though we were up the whole time, that never ever seemed liked it absolutely was going to get away through them… We were timely. inches

Stewart had 17 points in addition to 11 springs back within a matchup of the particular latter national champions. Protecting samsung champ c3300k UConn (18-0) received the closest game this specific season, owning beaten their own first 5 ranked opponents by an average margin of 22 points, with all the best being 17 elements.

"I believe it builds all of our assurance a lot. It had been a tough game, and we really had to grind that out at times, and you also want to be capable to respond perfectly whenever things aren't planning your current way, and we performed that, micron said Bria Hartley, who actually finished along with 17 points. "I think that's a step within the right direction for us. "

Baylor (14-2) hadn't lost at home provided that the 70-54 defeat to help Tx in its regular-season property finale March 7, the year of 2010. Senior starters Odyssey Sims, the national scoring boss, and Makenzie Robertson, this daughter of coach .k Mulkey, had never shed a game in the particular Ferrell core.

your Huskies have two of the exact five longest home successful streaks in women's basketball game, their record of 99 snapped two years ago together with an earlier 69-game ability. They may have ended the some other three, up until recently ending Stanford's 82-game ability last period and succeeding at Tn after the female Volunteers had been the 1st organization to win 69 in a straight line at home 18 years ago.

Moriah Jefferson experienced 13 points and even Stefanie Dolson 10 with regard to UConn, which has won twenty four in a row overall. That matches the sixth-longest earning skills in school background, and is their very own second 24-game winning ability since their record three months within a row ended within 12 2010.

Sims, who joined your contest with 31. almost 8 points per game, finished with 20 points about simply 4-of-25 shooting. The girl developed all 10 associated with your girlfriend free throws, none soon after halftime. She failed to make for the ultimate 10: 53 of the particular game.

"I don't think could possibly be worried about (their first property loss). I simply think could be competitors, and you hate giving up. It's not about a skills. you will still re-live the game, " Mulkey said regarding the two older beginners. "Odyssey will re-experience typically the game and think, `Wow, if I would possess given all of us a tiny bit more, we might have was the winner. ' Or even Makenzie considers, if We would have made one or two more free throws. that is what competitors do. However they certainly are not anxious about some sort of streak. inches

Frosh Nina Davis had eleven points and additionally 17 rebounds for Baylor. Robertson experienced 10 points, like about three 3-pointers.

It is the fifth couple of years in a row the two nationwide capabilities have met, that game featuring the two a new winning active coaches simply by % and four of the six higher education gamers named earlier wednesday to be able to the U. S. ladies basketball national team group – Sims and UConn teammates Stewart, Dolson not to mention Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who were most recognized before the particular game. about three were preseason AP All-Americans (Sims, Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis).

UConn won the first two get together, 70-50 inside the 2010 finished 4, and by one stage at home early the particular following time of year. Baylor received as the No . one team for the final 2 games, winning in Waco two years back and at UConn previous season.

After trailing 36-27 from halftime, Baylor percentage typically the gap to 45-42 together with just under 14 0.5 minutes left when Niya Johnson scored on a new layup after a bounce pass because of Sims.

Auriemma called timeout, but when play started again Johnson took the ball from Stewart before Robertson missed an important layup. Jefferson then strike a 3-pointer for the Huskies.

Sims hit a 3-pointer through the left wing with 20: 54 left, her previous points of the game, to be able to get the lovely women Holds within 50-49 you should even though they never received actually or went in front of you following that.

Jefferson is the only UConn player from Arizona (Glenn Heights in typically the Dallas area). She experienced a breakaway layup and a 3-pointer for the extremely five Huskies points of the sport. She and then had a swipe and came but maintained her balance long enough for you to information a pass for you to Hartley for a layup of which made it 10-7.


Randle-led Stanford upsets No. 10 UConn

Stanford Shocks UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. – Stanford finally has a trademark win. UConn has its 1st loss.

Chasson Randle scored 22 points, as well as the Cardinal upset the 10th-ranked Huskies 53-51 on Wednesday night.

It was the first earn for Stanford (8-2) against the top-25 team away from Palo Elevado since the 2008 NCAA tournament. The particular Cardinal’s previous seven wins this year came over teams that were the combined 32-41.

“I think it’s an important earn for our conference, ” Stanford trainer Johnny Dawkins said, referring to the particular Pac-12. “A number of teams have experienced some real signature wins, plus I’m just happy that we could have one as well. ”

Josh Huestis added thirteen points and Dwight Powell acquired 10 points and 15 rebounds for Stanford, which overcame the 10-point halftime deficit.

DeAndre Daniels had fifteen points for UConn (9-1), that was 6-of-10 from behind the arch in the first half and 0-for-12 in the second.

Randle’s jump shot with a few 1/2 minutes left gave the particular Cardinal a 52-49 lead. The particular Huskies pulled within a point whenever Daniels tipped in a missed 3-point attempt by Niels Giffey.

But Shabazz Napier missed three shots in the last 40 seconds with a chance to place the Huskies ahead. He gave up a possibility on UConn’s final possession, moving the ball to Omar Calhoun, whose 3-pointer from the right side bounced off the rim.

“I felt like Omar was your most open guy at the time, inch Napier said. “I felt like it had been going to go in, and I bet this individual did, too. ”

Napier, who finished along with 12 points and eight aids, missed two 3-pointers on a essential possession with the Huskies trailing 52-51. Stanford got the ball back again with 28 seconds left following a scrum underneath the basket.

Napier fouled Huestis within the inbounds play, and he hit 1 of 2 free throws.

Napier, who beat Florida having a jumper at the buzzer earlier this particular month, missed another shot along with 8 seconds left, forcing UConn to foul again.

He got the basketball back on a rebound after Huestis missed another free throw. He or she dribbled down the court, but instead associated with trying a contested shot, he or she passed to Calhoun.

UConn led by ten points at halftime and pressed the lead to 43-30 before consecutive 3-pointers by Anthony Brown plus Randle. That started a 14-0 run by the Cardinal, who utilized a stifling zone defense to keep the Huskies without a field objective for more than six minutes. The Huskies were just 5-of-31 from the industry in the second half.

“It was just a issue of us being aggressive on the protective end, ” Randle said. “Just being active, getting our fingers moving, getting our feet shifting, and getting our feet moving and hustling. ”

A driving basket and free of charge throw by Randle gave Stanford its first lead of the 2nd half at 44-43.

“Our guys really walked up on the defensive end, inch Dawkins said.

Napier’s jumper from the lane place UConn back on top 45-44 along with just more than 10 minutes left, as well as the teams went back and forth.

The Huskies shut the half on a 14-3 operate that ended when Napier took the ball from Randle plus found Lasan Kromah ahead of the industry for an easy layup just before buzzer.

UConn proceeded to go in shooting better than 46 % from beyond the arc, along with five players having made ten or more 3-pointers.

The loss snapped a 54-game house winning streak against nonconference competitors that dated to 2007.

Connecticut was arriving off its annual hiatus intended for final exams. The Huskies hadn’t played in 12 days, given that a 95-68 win over Maine, a casino game in which UConn hit 14 3-pointers.

Stanford finished a 13-day break Saturday having a 27-point win over UC Davis.

UConn plays with Washington, another Pac-12 team, upon Saturday. UConn has dominated that will conference; going into Wednesday, the Huskies were 17-2 and had won thirteen straight since falling to UCLA in the 1995 NCAA West Local championship.

Stanford’s two losses came early within the season, at home to BYU and also to Pittsburgh in the Legends Classic upon Nov. 26 in Brooklyn. The particular Cardinal return to the Barclays Middle to face Michigan on Saturday.

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No. 1 UConn women beat No. 2 Duke for 7th straight time

Top-ranked UConn shoots 49 percent from the field in its dominant victory over No. 2 Duke. (USATSI)
Top-ranked UConn shoots 49 percent from the industry in its dominant victory over Number 2 Duke.(USATSI)

CLARINGTON, N. C. – No . one Connecticut came into Cameron Indoor Arena and did something no other group in women’s basketball has been in a position to do.

The particular Huskies dominated Duke.


UConn routed the second-ranked Azure Devils 83-61 on Tuesday night time behind 21 points and a career-high seven 3-pointers from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis in her first game back again from an injury.

Breanna Stewart had 24 factors and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (11-0), and Stefanie Dolson acquired 14 points and Bria Hartley finished with 13.

UConn shot 49 %, held the Blue Devils with no field goal for a critical 8-minute stretch while pushing its prospect well into the 20s and converted the 52nd meeting of Em. 1 and 2 into the newest blowout in this series.

“I think I would end up being less than honest if I said I think we could come in here and earn by 20, ” said trainer Geno Auriemma, who earned their 850th career win. “Simply since we haven’t played in [12 days]. We weren’t sure what we should were going to get from [Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck]. And I thought Duke coming to home and they’ve got a bunch of upperclassmen.. it would be a little bit different. ”

It wasn’t.

UConn won the seventh straight in the series — and the previous six were made a decision by an average of nearly 30 factors.

Chelsea Grey had 13 points and Haley Peters finished with 11 regarding Duke (10-1), which saw the 24-game winning streak at Cameron j. snapped – a run that will dated to UConn’s last go to in 2011.

“We didn’t do what we needed to perform defensively, ” coach Joanne L. McCallie said. “We didn’t come back the way we need to rebound. And we demonstrated little patience on offense in critical times. ”

The Huskies, the only people to beat Duke on its house floor since 2008, now have performed it three times since anybody otherwise has found a way to do it as soon as.

They also ruined the Blue Devils’ undefeated begin with a rout for the third amount of time in four seasons.

Stewart did much of the early harm in her first appearance ahead of the Cameron Crazies – or at least that which was left of them, with the Duke learners on winter break. She has been four points shy of the profession high she matched last 30 days against Oregon.

And every time Duke threatened to create a run, the Huskies found a method to get Mosqueda-Lewis a clean seem from behind the 3-point series. She was especially accurate in the corners while showing no indications of rust after missing eight video games with a nerve contusion on her correct elbow.

“I don’t think we would have won the overall game the way we won it without having her, ” Auriemma said.

The Blue Demons, who spent the second half looking to claw their way back into the video game, pulled to 65-52 on At the Williams’ layup with just under 7 minutes left.

After a timeout, UConn worked the particular ball around the perimeter to Mosqueda-Lewis, who swished her fifth a few to restore the Huskies’ 18-point guide and help them pull away for their seventeenth consecutive victory.

“That’s something that coach has been informing me since last year – which i need to shoot every shot such as it’s the last shot, and take every shot like it’s a significant shot, ” Mosqueda-Lewis said.

Tricia Liston plus Alexis Jones each finished along with 10 points for Duke, which usually earned only five free includes and was 4 of eighteen from 3-point range.

“Horrible shot selection, inch McCallie said. “Chucking up pictures. ”

The particular Blue Devils were denied their particular first victory against a Number 1 team since 2007 — and were in serious risk of being run right off its house floor in the first half.

Stewart scored fifteen points in the half, and twelve of those came during the 13-minute period in which the Huskies outscored Duke 35-11 and turned a one-point debt into a 38-15 lead.

“You can’t necessarily earn a game in five minutes, but you can drop a game in five minutes if you don’t perform certain things, and then your body language as well as the way you react in individuals five minutes, ” Auriemma said. “If we score enough points throughout those six minutes and you avoid, it’s going to be hard to catch up. ”

For the Blue Demons, this one couldn’t have started a lot worse. They missed 12 consecutive shots during that drought before points finally started to click late within the half behind Gray.

She reeled off 6 straight points before Chloe Wells’ 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining in the half pulled Duke in order to 41-26.

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No. 1 UConn easily controls No. 3 Stanford

Mosqueda-Lewis Damage In UConn’s Win


STORRS, Conn. – Geno Auriemma was hoping for an early season test for his top-ranked Connecticut Huskies. He simply did not need it to come on the worth of dropping his All-America ahead.

Bria Hartley had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists to assist No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 3 Stanford 76-fifty seven on Monday night.

Kiah Stokes added 10 points, thirteen rebounds and six blocks for the Huskies (2-zero), who bought a scare early within the second half when preseason All-America Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis went down attempting for a rebound.

She landed awkwardly on her proper elbow and was down screaming in pain for a few minutes before being helped to the locker room. Auriemma wasn’t positive how badly his star was damage.

“They’re simply going to maintain evaluating her (Tuesday) and see how she responds,” Auriemma stated. “They actually don’t know anything right now. She landed with her palm on the ground then when her arm bent her elbow hit the floor. There are two separate things she’s attempting to figure out.”

The injury didn’t slow down the Huskies, who were in the middle of a 22-6 run that spanned the halves.

Morgan Tuck, her substitute, scored eight straight points, together with two three-pointers, to make it 53-32 with 13:19 left. Stanford couldn’t get closer than 15 factors the remainder of the way in which.

Amber Orrange scored a profession-excessive 22 factors to steer the Cardinal (1-1). Chiney Ogwumike added 16 points and 13 rebounds, but Stanford got little other offense.

“I believe this sort of let our staff know we’re 20 factors away,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “How do you make that up. We gave up too many ‘O’ boards for baskets. We despatched them to free throw line for no cause. We have to do little things accurately and deal with that for the remainder of the season.”

The Huskies should hope that Mosqueda-Lewis is not injured too badly. They’ve a busy week forward with a trip to No. eight Maryland on Friday earlier than a recreation at No. thirteen Penn State on Sunday.

“It looks as if these three video games usually are not exactly teams which can be going to allow you to do what you want to do. It’s tough. Possibly it’s purported to be difficult,” Auriemma mentioned. “Final 12 months was very simple in the beginning. We went down won by a bunch and the whole lot was going easily. This one’s not going to go smoothly. This one is hard.”

The Cardinal and Huskies have had numerous massive video games over the past few seasons. Final yr UConn snapped Stanford’s eighty two-recreation unbeaten run at Maples Pavilion with a simple sixty one-35 victory. Two years earlier the Cardinal stopped the Huskies’ NCAA record 90-sport successful streak. They also met within the Closing Four or NCAA championship game three straight years from 2008-10.

Lots much less was on the line Monday night. The game received off to a sluggish start with each teams missing open shots.

The teams combined to overlook 14 of their first 16 area goal attempts. To make matters worse for the Huskies, preseason All-America Breanna Stewart picked up two fast fouls and sat out the rest of the half. In stepped Stokes.

The 6-foot-3 junior was dominant on both ends of the court docket. Blocking photographs, grabbing rebounds and hitting free throws, Stanford had no reply for her.

UConn led 31-26 with 2:28 left within the half earlier than scoring the final eight factors of the period. Stokes received the run began with a turnaround jumper. She completed the first half with eight points, eight rebounds and five blocks and helped the Huskies pull away to a 39-26 lead.

“Kiah performed the most effective game she’s performed since she’s been at Connecticut,” Auriemma said. “She was unbelievably good in just about every space. I hope that’s the beginning of something that changes our crew tremendously.”

Stanford couldn’t muster a lot offense moreover Ogwumike and Orrange. The two combined for 22 of the crew’s 26 factors on the half. They had been 9 for 16 from the sphere whereas the remainder of the crew was simply 2 for 19.

“We’ll be a distinct staff come December, March, April. The purpose is to develop from this experience,” Ogwumike said. “This team (UConn) is the standard. Take that as motivation to get better all year long.”

With the loss, VanDerveer remained 5 victories wanting changing into the fifth coach to succeed in 900. She’s attempting to join Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer and Jody Conradt.

This was Stanford’s first journey to Connecticut’s campus since 1993. The Cardinal gained that game 68-54. The groups have performed their other video games in Connecticut in Hartford.

The Huskies celebrated last season’s eighth national championship one final time by unveiling a banner commemorating the title they gained in New Orleans.


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UConn honors Jim Calhoun with a night of tributes and street bearing his name

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More than 600 got here to Grampel Pavilion on Sunday evening to pay tribute to former UConn males’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun, who retired last 12 months after 26 years at the faculty and a life spent in the sport.

At the top of the night time, UConn introduced the street exterior the arena, Stadium Drive, has been renamed Jim Calhoun Approach. Calhoun won three national titles for the college.

“A long, very long time in the past,” The Hartford Courant quoted Calhoun. “I mentioned I wanted to get into teaching to hopefully affect some folks’s lives. I do know they affected mine. … Seeing all these guys is incredibly emotional for me. You have a look at them and say, ‘There’s that kid who walked in here as a 17-year-outdated, and look where he is now.”

Many of essentially the most notable gamers in this system’s historical past returned to share their evening with their coach, including Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Kemba Walker.

Some of the elite coaches around the nation recorded video tributes to Calhoun, including Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Tom Izzo, and Roy Williams.


Good news for UConn: DUI charges against Tyler Olander have been dropped

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Tyler Olander’s hopes of enjoying for UConn next season might have improved considerably Monday morning because of a positive outcome for his DUI case.

Olander plead guilty to driving with no license but the extra serious DUI cost was dropped, the New Haven Register reported. UConn coach Kevin Ollie indefinitely suspended Olander earlier this month in the wake of his Sept. 7 arrest when he failed a subject sobriety check after police pulled him over on a Connecticut highway.

The arrest appeared to threaten Olander’s season as a result of it was his second run-in with police prior to now six months. Olander was additionally arrested in Florida throughout spring break final March when he lacked the requisite wrist band wanted to be inside a gated property and refused to leave at 2 a.m. when confronted by police.

Olander informed the Register he’s hopeful he’ll be capable of rejoin the workforce within the close to future.

“That is my aim, and God keen, I will be again,” he said. “I hope individuals do not see these past incidents as a mirrored image of who I’m. I hope they see me as an excellent kid that simply made some mistakes, as all people does.”

It’s vital for UConn that Olander rejoins the crew because the guard-heavy Huskies are relying on him in the frontcourt. Although Olander’s 4.3 factors and three.7 rebounds per recreation final season may not sound like much, UConn doesn’t have any higher options to start out alongside ahead Deandre Daniels.

The most suitable choice moreover Olander is slender but promising ahead Kentan Facey, but the Jamaican native has but to be cleared to play subsequent season by the NCAA. If he’s ineligible and Olander is not available to start the season, that leaves seldom-used forwards Philip Nolan and Leon Tolksdorf or freshman Amida Brimah, a raw seven-footer who picked the Huskies over Outdated Dominion, Florida Worldwide, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech.

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UConn suspends senior Tyler Olander indefinitely after DUI charge

If UConn wasn’t certain it may depend on Tyler Olander to solidify a thin frontcourt when the offseason started, the Huskies probably are even far much less certain whether or not the 6-foot-9 senior can be trusted now.

Not solely has Olander been sidelined a lot of the summer season with a foot damage, he also has been unable to maintain his identify out of the police blotter.

UConn coach Kevin Ollie introduced Monday he had indefinitely suspended Olander for an unspecified violation of team rules. Several Connecticut newspapers subsequently reported Olander had been arrested less than 48 hours earlier and charged with a DUI after failing a sobriety check when police pulled him over at 10:forty nine p.m. on Saturday night time.

Olander would have a greater chance for a lenient suspension have been this not his second run-in with police of the past six months. Olander was arrested in Florida during spring break last March when he lacked the requisite wrist band wanted to be within a gated property and refused to leave at 2 a.m. when confronted by police.

It’s unclear what number of games, if any, Olander will miss this upcoming season, but it surely’s protected to say UConn wants him on the floor. Although his four.three factors and three.7 rebounds per recreation final season might not sound like a lot, UConn doesn’t have any higher choices to start alongside ahead Deandre Daniels.

The most suitable choice apart from Olander is slender but promising ahead Kentan Facey, but the Jamaican native has yet to be cleared to play next season by the NCAA. If he is ineligible and Olander is not an possibility, that leaves seldom-used forwards Philip Nolan and Leon Tolksdorf or freshman Amida Brimah, a raw seven-footer who picked the Huskies over Previous Dominion, Florida International, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech.

Counting on any of those guys for heavy minutes isn’t an ideal choice for a UConn group loaded elsewhere with Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Omar Calhoun and Daniels all coming back from final yr’s 20-win group. Because of this, the Huskies want Olander to keep away from anymore off-the-court docket issues, get again in his coach’s good graces and show he’ll be capable of rebounding and defending the rim.