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Friday, January 15, 2010

A banner season for Charles

UConn senior center Tina Charles will join the UConn greats where a banner with her No. 31 is unveiled as part of the Huskies of Honor program before the Feb. 13 game against St. John's, which is also the last game of the season at Gampel Pavilion.

Charles will join her former teammate Renee Montgomery to become the only active player to be so honored.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma believes that Charles has earned the chance for this prestigious honor.

"Tina is a great kid, the kind of kid you want on your team, a great teammate, a super human being who I always thought always needed a little bit of a kick in the butt every day in practice to reach her potential and hopefully she understands," Auriemma said. "Whether it was the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do, she is going to get exactly what she came to Connecticut for and she is going to down in history as maybe the leading scorer and leading rebounder and who knows (what else)."

Charles and fellow seniors Kalana Greene, Kaili McLaren, Meghan Gardler and Jacquie Fernandes will be honored on "Senior Night" before the Feb. 27 game against Georgetown at the XL Center.

From the what's in a name department, I discovered two summers ago when I was out to the USA Basketball junior national team trials that Notre Dame freshman guard Skylar Diggins' mother's maiden name is Renee Montgomery. When I spoke to Skylar and her mom when UConn was still looking at Diggins, I thought that was a tid bit that might be of interest to the UConn faithful.

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