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Friday, September 22, 2017

Top post prospect Collier decommits from UConn

The UConn women's basketball team's incoming recruiting class took a significant hit today when top post prospect Charli Collier announced that she was decommitting from UConn and would be headed to Texas.

Collier announced her decision via her Twitter account.

"I feel like this is the best decision for me personally and everything is for a reason," Collier said in her Twitter post. "This recruiting process has taught me so much about listening to my heart and at the end of the day, I have to do what is the best for me."
The 6-foot-5 Collier averaged 23.8 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots per game as a junior at Barbers Hill High School and she enters her senior season with 2,274 points, 933 rebounds, 134 assists, 165 steals and 247 blocked shots in her high school career.

UConn is still very much in the running for Christyn Williams, a 5-foot-11 gurard out of Central Arkansas Christian School who is considered to be the best player in the Class of 2018. The Huskies haven't been aggressively pursuing many posts in next year's class with Collier, the No. 2 rated player in the class according to ESPN, already committed. However, UConn did make the list of finalists for top five national recruit Olivia Nelson-Ododa, a 6-foot-4 post out of Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia.

UConn is set to return Napheesa Collier (no relation), Azura Stevens, Batouly Camara on the 2018-19 team while 6-3 Katie Lou Samuelson and 6-1 Megan Walker can be used inside as well but certainly Charli Collier was an important piece for the Huskies moving forward.

The Class of 2019 is loaded with elite frontcourt players with 6-2 Samantha Brunelle and 6-4 Aliyah Boston having already taken unofficial visits to UConn.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Another remarkable UConn streak continues

Maya Moore had a game-high 21 points and five assists as the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Washington Mystics 81-70 to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA semifinal series.

With the victory, this will be the 15th year in a row that at least one UConn alum will take part in the WNBA championship series as Moore and Renee Montgomery will look to lead Minnesota fourth time since 2011 which just happens to be when Moore entered the league. UConn's all-time leading scorer will be playing in the WNBA championship series for the sixth time in her seven WNBA seasons. Already third in WNBA history in playoff points scored, Moore averaged 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the three games against Washington.

Minnesota will play defending champion Los Angeles in the best of five game series as the Sparks wrapped up a three-game sweep with a thrilling two-point win against Phoenix. UConn legend Diana Taurasi tied the game late with a 3-pointer before Candace Parker won it with a driving layup.

Here's the breakdown of UConn products playing in the WNBA finals
2016: Los Angeles def. Minnesota (Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore)
2015: Minnesota (Kalana Greene, Asjha Jones, Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore) def. Indiana
2014: Phoenix (Diana Taurasi) def. Chicago
2013: Minnesota (Maya Moore) def, Atlanta (Tiffany Hayes)
2012: Indiana def. Minnesota (Maya Moore)
2011: Minnesota (Maya Moore, Charde Houston) def. Atlanta
2010: Seattle (Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Svetlana Abrosimova) def. Atlanta
2009: Phoenix (Diana Taurasi, Ketia Swanier) def. Indiana (Jessica Moore)
2008: Detroit (Kelly Schumacher) def. San Antonio
2007: Phoenix (Diana Taurasi, Kelly Schumacher) def. Detroit (Swin Cash)
2006: Detroit (Swin Cash) def. Sacramento
2005: Sacramento def. Connecticut (Nykesha Sales, Asjha Jones)
2004: Seattle (Bird) def. Connecticut (Nykesha Sales, Asjha Jones)
2003: Detroit (Swin Cash) def. Los Angeles
2000: Houston (Jen Rizzotti) def. New York
1999: Houston (Jen Rizzotti, Kara Wolters) def. New York (Rebecca Lobo-injured and did not play)
1997: Houston def. New York (Rebecca Lobo)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

UConn's schedule is out

The opponents and some of the tip-off times have been known for quite some time but here is the entire regular-season schedule which was just released

The Huskies will also play a pair of preseason games, hosting Fort Hays at the XL Center on Nov. 1 and defending Division II national champion Ashland on Nov. 5 at Gampel Pavilion.

Nov. 12 vs. Stanford (Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio), 1:30 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 17 California (Gampel), 7 p.m. SNY
Nov. 19 vs. Maryland (XL Center), 1:30 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 21 at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. ESPNUNov. 25 vs. Michigan State (at Eugene, Oregon), 3 p.m.
Nov. 28 at Nevada, 9 p.m. CBS SN
Dec. 3 Notre Dame (XL Center), 4 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 8 at DePaul FS1
Dec. 19 vs. Oklahoma (Mohegan Sun Arena), 7 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Dec. 22 vs. Duquesne (Mattamy Athletic Centre), 7 p.m. SNY
Dec. 31 Memphis (XL Center), 1:30 p.m. SNY
Jan. 3 at East Carolina, 7 p.m. SNY
Jan, 6 at South Florida, 7 p.m. SNY
Jan. 9 UCF (Gampel), 7 p.m. SNY
Jan. 13 at Houston, 3 p.m. SNY
Jan. 15 at Texas, 7 p.m. ESPN2
Jan. 18 Tulsa (Gampel), 7 p.m. SNY
Jan. 21 at Temple, 1 p.m. ESPN2
Jan. 24 at Memphis SNY
Jan. 27 Tulane (Gampel), noon SNY
Feb. 1 at South Carolina, 7 p.m. ESPN
Feb. 4 Cincinnati (XL Center), 1 p.m. SNY
Feb. 7 at UCF SNY
Feb. 10 Wichita State (XL Center), 1 p.m. SNY
Feb. 12 Louisville (Gampel), 7 p.m. ESPN
Feb. 18 Temple (XL Center), 2 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Feb. 21 at Tulane, 8 p.m. SNY
Feb. 24 at SMU SNY
Feb. 26 South Florida (Gampel), 7 p.m. ESPN2

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Collier, Samuelson among 11 UConn products invited to U.S. national team training camp

Eleven current or former UConn stars are among 30 players with invitations to the USA Basketball Senior Women's National Team training camp that opens later this month in Santa Barbara, Calif.

UConn All-Americans Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson join South Carolina's A'ja Wilson, Louisville's Asia Durr and Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State as the only current collegiate players on the list.

Samuelson has won five gold and one bronze medal with USA Basketball while Collier has been a part of three gold-medal winning teams.

Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi as the UConn alumns who were part of the gold-medal winning 2016 U.S. Olympic team while Stefanie Dolson, Tiffany Hayes, Kiah Stokes and Morgan Tuck are other former Huskies who could take part in the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 training camp, the first run by new U.S. national team coach Dawn Staley.

The list of participants will be impacted by which WNBA teams advance on in the playoffs as 16 of the players are members of the six teams still in contention for the WNBA title. Defending WNBA champion Los Angeles has five players, Minnesota four, Phoenix three. Connecticut and New York two each and Washington one. Two teams will be eliminated on Sunday freeing up more of the invitees to take part in the camp.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

UConn's non-conference schedule is out

UConn has released its non-conference schedule.

There's not much news here as the dates and opponents have already been reported but a few times and some TV information is now known.

The full schedule is expected to be released later on this week

Sunday, Nov. 12 vs.Stanford, 1:30 p.m. ESPN (at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio)
Friday, Nov. 17 vs. Cal, time, site TV TBA
Sun., Nov. 19    vs.Maryland, 1:30 p.m.    site, TV TBA
Tue., Nov. 21    at UCLA    (Pauley Pavilion), 10:30 p.m. ESPNU   
Sat., Nov. 25    vs.Michigan State (Mathew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore.)    time, site, TV
Tue., Nov. 28    at Nevada (Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nev.)    time, TV TBA   
Sun., Dec. 3    vs. Notre Dame 4 p.m. ESPN
Fri., Dec. 8    at DePaul (WinTrust Arena) time, TV TBA   
Tue., Dec. 19    vs. Oklahoma (Mohegan Sun Arena) time, TV TBA
Fri., Dec. 22    vs. Duquesne (Mattamy Athletic Centre, Toronto, Ontario) 7 p.m.   
Mon., Jan. 15    at Texas (Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas) 7 p.m. ESPN 2
Thu., Feb. 1    at South Carolina (Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.) ESPN time TBA
Mon., Feb. 12    vs. Louisville    7 p.m.    site TBA ESPN 2

Monday, August 21, 2017

UConn alums sweep WNBA awards once again

Former UConn stars Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart were named the Eastern and Western Conference's Player of the Week by the WNBA on Monday.

This marks the third time this year that UConn alums swept the weekly honors as Charles and Diana Taurasi were honored on June 4 and on July 16 it was Stefanie Dolson and Stewart receiving the awards.

Since the WNBA went from awarding one player of the week to giving out awards to players in each conference in 2007, this is the 18th time the honorees came from players who attended the same college.

On 14 of those occasions, it was a pair of former Huskies getting recognized led by the duo of Charles and Maya Moore who swept the awards five times. Charles and Taurasi were honored during the same week three times the only other time it happened twice came when former Tennessee stars Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker were so honored on May 27, 2012 and June 24, 2012 and when Charles and Stewart were honored on Sept. 11, 2016 and this week.

The first time it happened came on June 29, 2008 when Asjha Jones and Taurasi were the winners. Sue Bird and Jones were honored on July 26, 2009 (marking the only time players in the same recruiting class won the award the same week) Charles and Swin Cash won on July 5, 2011, former Rutgers stars Tammy Sutton-Brown and Cappie Pondexter were the recipients on July 5, 2009, LSU legends Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus swept the awards on Aug. 29, 2011.

Charles was selected Player of the Week for a record 26th time since joining the league in 2010. This is her fifth Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor this season.

Charles led all Eastern Conference players in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game, was tied for second in rebounding averaging 8 per game as New York topped the Eastern Conference leading Connecticut Sun and Western Conference leading Minnesota Lynx.

Stewart earned Player of the Week honors for the second time this season and third time in her two-year career. The 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year guided Seattle to a 3-0 week and its fourth win in as many games under interim coach Gary Kloppenburg.

Stewart ranked sixth among Western Conference players in scoring (17.7 ppg) and rebounds (9.7), was fourth in blocks (1.67), and tied for fifth in assists (4.0).

Friday, August 18, 2017

Samuelson leads UConn to another win in Italy

Katie Lou Samuelson hit five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points, five rebounds and three steals to lead five players in double figures as UConn defeated the Italian All-Stars 103-45 in the third of four exhibition games during its tour of Italy.

Kia Nurse had 11 points, two assists and three steals, Kyla Irwin was 3 for 3 from 3-point range as she had 15 points. Gabby Williams and Azura Stevens added 14 and 11 points respectively with Stevens also recording eight rebounds.