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Monday, July 20, 2009

UConn tops the charts

It probably doesn't come as a huge shock to hear that UConn leads the way both in the number of players selected to play in the WNBA All-Star Game but also in having the most players from one school play in the same mid-season classic.

Charde Houston of the Minnesota Lynx became the eighth former Husky named to play in the All-Star Game. Along with fellow Western Conference reserve Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, Western Conference starters Sue Bird and Swin Cash (both of the Seattle Storm) and Eastern Conference reserve Asjha Jones of the Connecticut Sun, UConn will top the previous mark it shares with Southern California. In 2003 All-Star regulars Lisa Leslie, Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson were joined by Adrian Williams. However, Cooper did not play. The next two years the former UConn quartet of Nykesha Sales, Bird, Cash and Taurasi were all-stars and all played in the games. On Saturday, UConn's five all-stars will make history.

Not surprisingly, Tennessee is second with seven all-stars. If you count the alum who played in the all-star game, UConn and Tennessee are tied atop the list with seven each as Rebecca Lobo was selected to the 1999 Eastern Conference team but did not play.

It's not exactly a new development as word of ESPNU being brought to Comcast cable subscribers was announced a couple months back but it is still worth mentioning that it is a done deal. While there are still pockets in the state who do not get ESPNU who will likely voice their displeasure when a future UConn game is on ESPNU, it should be noted that your voices have been heard. Whenever I received e-mails about this ESPNU deal, I suggested placing a call to your cable provider. Obviously, Comcast took note and that is good news for the UConn fans who were unable to watch the games on ESPNU before.

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