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Monday, July 26, 2010

Let's talk scheduling

I don't expect UConn's schedule to come out until early September but figured I would throw out there what I have to date on who UConn is playing and any dates I have confirmed (with some assistance from other members of the UConn media contingent).

No word on whether UConn has a game on Nov. 20. If not, I would expect more than a few UConn fans to make their way to New Haven to watch as Yale hosts the Elena Delle Donne-led Delaware squad.

Exhibition games
Franklin Pierce (date, site TBA)
Indiana (Pa.) Nov. 10 (site TBA)
Regular season
Nov. 14 Holy Cross
Nov. 16 Baylor (XL Center)
Nov. 26-28 WBCA Classic vs. Howard, Lehigh and LSU (dates of exact matchups have not been announced)
Dec. 5 Sacred Heart
Dec. 19 Ohio State (at Madison Square Garden)
Dec. 28 at Pacific
Dec. 30 at Stanford (that was the date I originally was told months ago and although I have not seen any confirmation on it, that fact that I was told in the winter that the tentative date for the Pacific game was Dec. 28 which is indeed the date of the game, it would make sense that the Stanford game would be on Dec. 30).

The other non-conference games are home dates with Duke, Oklahoma and Florida State and road games against Georgia Tech and North Carolina. If the schedule follows the same formula as last year's, the Duke and North Carolina games will be in January and the Big East portion of the schedule will begin in January.

UConn's Big East schedule will consist of home games against Notre Dame, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Syracuse and Villanova and road games versus Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, South Florida and West Virginia.

Former UConn star Diana Taurasi was named the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week, the 12th time she has earned the award in her seven seasons in the league. Here's the portion of the WNBA release concerning Taurasi's honor.

En route to earning the 12th Player of the Week award of her career, Taurasi led the defending champion Mercury to a pair of road wins in which Phoenix set a WNBA single-game scoring record in back-to-back games. On Thursday at Tulsa, Taurasi scored a game-high 26 points and added five assists in a 123-91 victory. Two days later she scored 11 of her 31 points in the second overtime and tied a league record for most free throws without a miss in a single game (14) as Phoenix defeated Minnesota 127-124 in the highest-scoring game in WNBA history. The sixth-year pro also contributed six rebounds and six assists against the Lynx as Phoenix further solidified its hold on second place in the Western Conference.

The league’s leading scorer (23.8 ppg) thus far in 2010, Taurasi averaged 28.5 ppg during the week, second only to the 29.0 ppg posted by Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus. She also tied for eighth in the league with 5.5 assists per game.



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