The UConn Huskies women's basketball team headed to Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY on Sunday for a rematch of last year's national championship game against the Louisville Cardinals. It wasn't that much of a rematch as the Huskies did what they've been doing all year to teams, they completely dominated the Cardinals in an 84-38 win. The Huskies have now won eleven games this season by more than 40 points. It's the 62nd straight win for the Huskies who improve to 23-0 (10-0 Big East) and they will keep a firm hold on the No. 1 spot when the rankings come out this week. The struggling Cardinals fall to 11-12 (3-7). Tina Charles led the way for the Huskies with 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds and had four blocked shots. Maya Moore added 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Caroline Doty rounded out the Huskies in double-digits with 11 points while Meghan Gardler had nine points off the bench. Lorin Dixon led the Huskies with 10 rebounds and four assists to go with her two points. The Cardinals, who were playing without one of their better players in Desiree' Byrd (ACL), were paced by Keisha Hines' nine points. Monique Reid added six points and 10 rebounds in the loss. The score was close early on as the Cardinals trailed by just two points at 11-9 with 16:12 to go. Then the Huskies just poured it on as they went on a 22-2 run that started off with a Doty three-pointer. The run ended when Keisha Hines went on a 5-0 run of her own to make the score 33-16. Doty started a 21-2 run to close the half with a three-pointer as the Huskies held a 54-18 lead at the end of the first half. The Huskies started off the second half on an 8-0 run and never looked back from there as head coach Geno Auriemma brought in the reserves. Louisville obviously isn't the same team that they were last year but there was nothing they could have done to stop the hot shooting of the Huskies in the first half (57.1%). The Huskies are back in action on Wednesday night when they head to Chicago to take on the DePaul Blue Demons in a Big East matchup. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be televised locally here in Connecticut on CPTV. Notes and musings: UConn Huskies @ Louisville Cardinals 2.7.10 box score (PDF) The starters were Caroline Doty, Tiffany Hayes, Kalana Greene, Maya Moore and Tina Charles. The Huskies shot 50.8% (32-of-63) from the floor while the Cardinals shot 21.4% (12-of-56). UConn had 18 assists on their 32 made baskets. The Huskies were 11-of-22 (50%) from three-point land while the Cardinals were just 3-of-15 (20%). UConn was just 9-of-15 (60%) from the free throw line. The Huskies won the battle of the boards 47-37. UConn outscored the Cardinals 26-14 in the paint. The Huskies had 24 points off of 20 Louisville turnovers. The Cardinals had just four points of 11 UConn turnovers. The rest of the notes are courtesy of the UConn Sports Information Department: - Today's game marked the first of three over the next nine days that wil see UConn play in the road. - UConn extends its current winning streak to 62 consecutive games - the second-longest winning streak in NCAA history. - UConn has won its last 23 "true" road games following today's win at Louisville. - UConn has won each of its last 131 games against unranked opponents. - UConn leads the all-time series with Louisville 9-1 and has won each of the last nine meetings overall. - UConn is 3-0 all-time in road games at Louisville. - UConn has won each of its last 32 BIG EAST Conference regular season games. - UConn has won 142 of its last 150 games against BIG EAST opponents in the regular season. - UConn opens the season a perfect 23-0 for the second straight season and the sixth time since 1994. - UConn improves to 255-11 when playing as the nation's No. 1 ranked team. - UConn improves to 194-97 in the month of February and has won each of its last 16 games played during the month. - UConn is 95-9 in road games since Feb. 1, 2001 - following today's win at Louisville. - UConn has won 61 consecutive regular season games - following today's win at Louisville. - UConn has gone 601 consecutive games without suffering back-to-back defeats. - UConn has won 73 straight BIG EAST Conference games against opponents other than Rutgers. - UConn improves to 90-18 in national television broadcasts since 2001-02. - UConn opened the game a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc. - All five UConn starters had at least one field goal just over five minutes into the contest. - UConn held Louisville without a field goal for a span of 6:27 in the first half and outscored the Cardinals 17-0 over the stretch. - Maya Moore's 16 points marked her seventh straight game with double-figure points, her 22nd this season and her 96th in 100 career games. - Tina Charles' 20 points marks her 14th consecutive game with double-figure points, her 22nd this season and the 106th of her career. - Tina Charles' 14 straight games with double-figure points marks the longest such stretch of her career, surpassing a stretch of 13 straight games in double-figure points in 2008-09. - UConn's 54 first-half points marks the 10th time this season that UConn has recorded at least 50 points in the opening half. - UConn tallied eight 3-point field goals in the first half - while limiting Louisville to a total of seven field goals overall for the first 20 minutes. - Caroline Doty's 11 points marked her ninth game in double-figure points this season and her first since Jan. 18 at Duke. - Tina Charles' 20 points marked her eighth game this season with 20 or more points and the 26th of her career. - Maya Moore tied a career-high with five blocks. - Lorin Dixon's 10 rebounds marked a career high. - Today's crowd of 14,324 at Louisville marked UConn's largest road crowd this season. - UConn has won 18 of its 23 games this season by a margin of at least 30 points, including the last six straight. - UConn has won 11 games this season by at least a 40-point margin following today's win at Louisville. no comments
It's game day for the No. 1 UConn Huskies women's basketball team as they are at Freedom Hall to take on the Louisville Cardinals in a Big East matchup. Tip is scheduled for 12 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. UConn Women's Basketball links Faris Looking For Two Wins Today [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] Auriemma, UConn recognize success can be fleeting [Connecticut Post] Game day: UConn at Louisville women [Connecticut Post] Louisville's Dropoff Since 2009 Title Game A Disappointment [Hartford Courant] Preview: No. 1 UConn At Louisville [Hartford Courant] Louisville slugged by injuries [New Haven Register] UConn visits Louisville in rematch of 2009 national title game [The Day] UConn women face limping Louisville [The Republican-American] U of L women will just 'see what happens' against UConn [Louisville Courier-Journal] Are the UConn Huskies too good? [NECN.com] UConn Men's Basketball links A win is a win [Ed Daigneault - The Republican-American] A win is a win is a win [Gavin Keefe - The Day] Up off the mat (Still taking standing 8-count?) [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Fashion Police: New duds a-comin'? [The UConn Blog] Questions and Answers [UConn Huskies Basketball] UConn beats DePaul, snaps losing streak [Connecticut Post] UConn men's notebook: Coombs-McDaniel struggling [Connecticut Post] UConn Men Get Past DePaul, 64-57 [Hartford Courant] Majok's Game Gaining Momentum [Hartford Courant] Extras ... [Hartford Courant] Huskies snap 3-game slide [New Haven Register] A much-needed victory [The Day] UConn men hold off DePaul to end skid [The Republican-American] Other UConn related links Men's Ice Hockey: Late Comeback Thwarted As Huskies Drop 5-2 Decision To Canisius [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Ice Hockey: No. 8 UConn Makes It Nine Straight with 3-1 Victory over Boston College [UConnHuskies.com] no comments
With their NCAA Tournament hopes fading in the cold of a New England winter, the UConn Huskies men's basketball team were in desperate need of a win. They had lost three straight games and hosted one of the bottom feeders of the Big East in the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday night. While it wasn't pretty, the Huskies held off a Blue Demons comeback at the end in a 64-57 win in front of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion. The win for the Huskies (14-8, 4-6 Big East) ends a three-game losing streak. They are now 3-3 with head coach Jim Calhoun, who is still out on medical leave but is expected back soon. The Blue Demons fall to 8-15 (1-10) on the season. Jerome Dyson led the way for the Huskies with 20 points. Stanley Robinson, sporting a new hair cut, added 10 points and led the Huskies with seven rebounds. Gavin Edwards came off the bench to score 10 points. Kemba Walker and Alex Oriakhi both chipped in with nine points while Ater Majok had a career-high five blocked shots to go with his six points and four rebounds. Will Walker led all scorers with 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting on three-pointers. Mac Koshwal added 12 points and five rebounds while Eric Wallace led the Blue Demons with seven rebounds to go with his six points and four steals. UConn started out slowly as they trailed by six at 11-5 at the first media timeout. An Edwards layup cut the Blue Demons lead to three points at 15-12 but DePaul followed with the next five points to open their lead up to eight points. The Huskies then started their comeback as they went on an 11-3 run to tie the game up at 23. They followed that with an 11-4 run to open up a seven point lead at 34-27 heading into the locker room. UConn built their lead to nine points early in the second half before the Blue Demons started their rally. They worked that nine point lead down over a ten minute span and took an one point lead at 52-51 on a Devin Hill jumper. During the Blue Demons rally, the Huskies went seven minutes without a field goal. After a Robinson turnover, Walker made a key steal and a layup to give the Huskies the lead for good with 4:54 to play. The Huskies would hold the Blue Demons to just six points the rest of the way as they hit their free throws down the stretch. A win is a win at this point and a conference win is even much better at this point. The Huskies just don't look like the team that beat then No. 1 Texas and in their tough losses to Kentucky and Duke. They once played their hearts out but something is missing. Yes, Calhoun is still out but this team seems to lack the killer instinct. Give credit to DePaul though. They came to play and never gave up. The Huskies are back in action on Wednesday night when they head to the Carrier Dome to take on No. 3/4 Syracuse Orange. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m and will be nationally-televised by ESPN as part of Rivalry Week. Notes and musings: DePaul Blue Demons @ UConn Huskies 2.6.10 box score The starters were Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson, Ater Majok and Alex Oriakhi. The Huskies shot 41.6% (19-of-46) from the floor while the Blue Demons shot 43.6% (24-of-55). UConn had just six assists on their 19 made baskets. DePaul was of 8-of-16 (50%) on three-pointers while the Huskies were 1-of-7 (14.3%). The difference in the game was free throws. UConn made 25-of-35 (71.4%) while DePaul was just 1-of-6 (16.7%). The Huskies won the battle of the boards 36-29. Both teams scored 26 points in the paint. UConn turned 15 DePaul turnovers into 17 points while DePaul turned 13 UConn turnovers in 15 points. The Blue Demons outscored the Huskies 11-6 on the fast break. no comments
It's game day for the UConn Huskies men's basketball team as they will host the DePaul Blue Demons in a Big East matchup at Gampel Pavilion. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast locally here in Connecticut on My-TV9 and SNY. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. UConn Men's basketball links Scissors & Sticks [David Borges - New Haven Register] Stanley Scissorhands [Ed Daigneault - The Republican-American] New look for Robinson [Gavin Keefe - The Day] Stanley Robinson Says Farewell To Hair [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Samson, a.k.a. Sticks? [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Know Your Enemy: DePaul [UConn Huskies Basketball] "Sneaker Drive" To Be Held At Saturday's Basketball Game [UConnHuskies.com] 'New-look' UConn aims to snap 3-game skid [Connecticut Post] UConn men's game day: vs. DePaul [Connecticut Post] UConn In A Must-Win Situation [Hartford Courant] DePaul-UConn Capsule Preview [Hartford Courant] Cutting it close [Journal Inquirer] A new look for struggling Huskies [New Haven Register] With new look, Robinson hopes to help Huskies snap skid [Norwich Bulletin] UConn running out of chances [The Day] DePaul gives UConn a shot to turn things around [The Republican-American] Q&A with The UConn Blog [Chicago Now] DePaul vs. Connecticut Game Preview [WeAreDePaul.com] UConn Women's Basketball links Special visitors [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Michala Johnson has surgery [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Huskies Reach 600 [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] Huskies All-Access/Shots For Doty/Guests On-Hand [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] No. 1/1 Women's Basketball Heads to Louisville for Sunday ESPU Telecast [UConnHuskies.com] UConn women's notebook: All-access [Connecticut Post] Faris Making An Impact [Hartford Courant] No. 1 UConn's Big Runs [Hartford Courant] Without guardian Angel, Louisville looks lost [Journal Inquirer] ESPN to air series on Huskies [Norwich Bulletin] UConn Football links DC's been busy answering questions in his mailbag [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Friday Big East mailbag [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] The Big East's best: No. 20, Andre Dixon [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] BIG EAST Ties to the Super Bowl [BigEast.org] Other UConn related links Women's Ice Hockey: No. 8 Women's Ice Hockey Hosts Pair of Hockey East Foe [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Ice Hockey: Huskies Fall 3-1 At Home To Canisius [UConnHuskies.com] no comments
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will host No. 18/16 Georgetown in its annual “Senior Day” game on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the XL Center in Hartford. “Senior Day” activities will begin at approximately 11:40 a.m. – so fans are encouraged to arrive early. Tip time for the Huskies-Hoyas BIG EAST Conference matchup is slated for noon. Tickets are still available for the “Senior Day” contest between Connecticut and Georgetown and can be purchased by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. The 2010 UConn Senior Class consists of Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.), Kaili McClaren (Washington, D.C.), Kalana Greene (Saint Stephen, S.C.), Meghan Gardler (Springfield, Pa.) and Jacquie Fernandes (Pawcatuck, Conn.). The 2010 Senior Class has compiled an overall mark of 129-6 (entering Sunday’s game at Louisville) and have compiled a total of three BIG EAST regular season titles, two BIG EAST Tournament championships, two NCAA Final Four berths and the 2008-09 NCAA National Championship. no comments
UConn Football links Football signing day, the most bizarre day in sports [Ed Daigneault - The Republican-American] 13-year old QB commits to USC [John Silver - Journal Inquirer] Signing Day Q&A: UConnReport.com's Zac Boyer [The UConn Blog] UConn football team fills two coaching positions [Connecticut Post] UConn Football: Two Assistants Named [Hartford Courant] UConn football hires two assistant coaches [New Haven Register] Stewart A Five-Star In Class [Wheeling News-Register] UConn Women's Basketball links Dolson, Hartley shine once again [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Louisville Discovers There Is There A Doctor In The House [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] Pitt Coach Not Buying The Rumors [Hartford Courant] UConn Men's Basketball links Blaney: Still no timetable for Calhoun’s return [Lee Lewis - The Republican-American] George Blaney Expecting To Coach Saturday Vs. DePaul [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Big East bits [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Calhoun expected to miss sixth consecutive game Saturday [Connecticut Post] Blaney Expects To Lead Huskies Vs. DePaul [Hartford Courant] Calhoun not expected back Saturday [New Haven Register] Blaney remains in charge [The Day] As South Florida rises, Connecticut falls [MyCentralJersey.com] A Peek at the DePaul Blue Demons [UCHuskies.com] Other UConn related links "Reading Millionaires" Honored At Women's Basketball Game [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Lacrosse: Husky Lacrosse Selected Seventh in BIG EAST Preseason Poll [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Ice Hockey: Huskies Host Griffs At Freitas [UConnHuskies.com] no comments
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut junior Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has been named to the five-player 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I First Team, which was announced today by the Academic All-America® Committee. Nominations and voting for the All-America programs are conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Moore is now eligible to be named as a member of the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team, which is expected to be released in early March. Moore is looking to become the first Connecticut women's basketball player to be named as a first team Academic All-America choice in back-to-back seasons since Jennifer Rizzotti (1995-96) after earning the honor for the first time in her career in 2009. The junior forward currently boasts a 3.7 grade point average in an individualized major. Moore is a two-time Academic All-BIG EAST choice and is the reigning National Player of the Year after leading the Huskies to a perfect 39-0 mark in 2008-09 and the program's sixth NCAA National Championship. Moore has registered double-figure points in 95 of 99 career games and enters Sunday's meeting with Louisville just 159 points shy of becoming the seventh player in UConn history to post 2,000 career points. District 1 Winners - University Division FIRST TEAM Erin Anthony U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY Jr. Allentown, Pa. 3.78 Civil Engineering Maya Moore CONNECTICUT, UNIVERSITY OF Jr. Lawrenceville, Ga. 3.70 Individualized Major Kathleen Barry COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Jr. Valley Center, Calif. 3.98 Hispanic Studies May Kotsopoulos VERMONT, UNIVERSITY OF Sr. Waterloo, Ontario 3.66 Business Administration Rachele Fitz MARIST COLLEGE Sr. Seven Hills, Ohio 3.35 Fashion Design no comments
STORRS, Conn. - Jonathan Wholley, a 2004 graduate of the University of Connecticut who earned a master's degree from UConn in 2008, has been named an assistant football coach for the Huskies. Wholley will have position responsibility with the tight ends. "We are very happy to welcome Jon back to the UConn football program," says head coach Randy Edsall. "He was a tremendously hard worker for us as a student-athlete and graduate assistant coach. Jon is a Connecticut native who knows the state through-and-through and he is a great addition to our staff." Most recently, Wholley was an assistant football coach at Fordham for the 2009 season where he worked with the running backs and had recently added recruiting coordinator duties. The Rams led the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in total offense at 488.82 yards per game. A Southington, Conn., native, Wholley was a member of the UConn football team from 2001-04 as a running back and joined the team as a walk-on. He later earned a scholarship and was a member of the 2004 Motor City Bowl championship team. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from UConn in December of 2004. Following graduation, he was an assistant coach at Central Connecticut for the 2005 season and worked with the tight ends. The Blue Devils had a 7-4 record and were Northeast Conference co-champions. Wholley then returned to UConn as a graduate assistant coach for the 2006-08 seasons working on the offensive side of the bowl. He was part of the coaching staff that led the Huskies to a share of the 2007 BIG EAST Championship and an appearance in the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl. He earned his master's of education in kinesiology from UConn in December of 2008. no comments
STORRS, Conn. - Darrell Perkins, who served as the defensive backs coach at Louisiana-Monroe for the past two seasons, has been named to the same position on the University of Connecticut football staff. Perkins helped lead the Louisiana-Monroe defense to the top ranking in the Sun Belt Conference in 2009. Prior to his stint at Monroe, he was the defensive coordinator at Charleston Southern in 2007. "We are very pleased to welcome Darrell to the Connecticut football program," says UConn head coach Randy Edsall. "He brings a wide variety of coaching experience to our team - and all of it has been successful. Darrell has worked in nearly every region of the country and brings a strong reputation with him to UConn." He was the linebackers and special teams coach at Northern Colorado in 2006 and was the defensive backs/special teams coordinator at Charleston Southern from 2004-05. In 2004, Charleston Southern was ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision in pass defense at 131 yards per game. Perkins was the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Ferris State from 2002-03 as the Bulldogs finished first in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in pass defense at 161 yards per game. He was a defensive graduate assistant at Purdue in 2000 and '01. Perkins began his football coaching career at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where he was an assistant coach from 1997-99 at his alma mater. He was the head basketball coach at Legacy High School in Fort Collins, Colo., from 1993-96 and led the team to two state playoff appearances. Perkins is a 1990 graduate of Wyoming and earned his degree in business marketing. He was a two-year starter at running back for the Cowboys and a three-year letter winner from 1985-89. At Wyoming, Perkins played in the 1987 and '88 Holiday Bowls and with Purdue coached in the 2001 Rose Bowl, following the Boilermakers' 2000 Big Ten championship, and the 2001 Sun Bowl. He is married the former Elena Zbitskaya and his 19-year-old son Jordan is a member of the men's soccer team at Iona. no comments
UConn Huskies head coach Randy Edsall isn't a fan of the rankings that the various recruiting services uses. Take what he had to say before any listings were published yesterday.
"It's all very stupid, in my opinion," Edsall said. "For anyone to go out and rank classes, and to evaluate thousands and thousands and thousands of kids that are 17 and 18 years old, and think they're going to watch all this film and put a ranking on them, it's propaganda. And it's one of the things that's ruining the game, in my opinion. ... It's ruining kids, is what it's doing. I just hope some people come to their senses soon and does something about the recruiting process because we're in this to help young people and this process isn't helping young people. It's hurting them. Until that message gets across, it's not going to get better, it's going to get worse."Well according to those said pundits, the Huskies recruiting class didn't rank highly. Scouts Inc., Rivals.com and Scout.com all ranked the Huskies last in the Big East as far the new recruiting class goes. Scouts.Inc actually gave the Edsall's recruits an overall grade of D-. Here's how the recruiting battle shaped up in the Big East according to those three services.
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Here's what they had to say about the UConn recruits:
The Huskies signed a fairly large class but it lacks any four-star prospects or significant signees. Randal Edsall has been winning in Storrs without them though by developing two- and three-star prospects. Their top prospect is outside linebacker Yawin Smallwood (Worcester, Mass./Doherty Memorial), who can run, has very good physical tools to develop on the perimeter and fits a defensive need. ILB Brandon Steg (Coral Springs, Fla./J.P. Taravella) also helps fill the need at the position.Nationally, the Huskies ranked in a tie for 83rd with UTEP and Northern Illinois in the Rivals.com rankings. They came in 72nd in the Scout.com rankings. Given Edsall's success with his previous recruiting classes, I'm not worried about what the future holds and as a UConn football fan, you shouldn't be either. no comments