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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Impressive doubleheader in Wallingford tomorrow

Two Division I signees highlight what could be a memorable doubleheader at Sheehan High in Wallingford tomorrow.

West Virginia commit Bria Holmes leads the three-time defending state champion Hillhouse team against Newtown led by seniors Riley Wurtz (headed to NYU) and Jess Lynch at 6 p.m. The game will be followed by Manchester, led by St. John's recruit Ashley Perez, playing Mercy featuring talented juniors Jordyn Nappi and Maria Weselyj.

Connecticut Sun head coach Mike Thibault could be a busy man when the NCAA tournament begins next week.

Thibault's son Eric is a graduate assistant on Kim Barnes Arico's staff at St. John's and the Red Storm are a lock to receive an NCAA tournament bid.

If Monmouth beats Sacred Heart in Sunday's Northeast Conference championship game, Thibault's daughter Carly will be taking part in March Madness as well.

Third-seeded Monmouth won at Quinnipiac in Tuesday's semifinals and now has to play at No. 1 Sacred Heart to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Thibault, a junior guard from East Lyme, is one of two Monmouth players to start every game this season and she is fourth on the team in scoring averaging 6.8 points per game. She leads the team with 47 3-pointers and is shooting 40.2 percent from 3-point range. When the teams met in the regular season, Monmouth won 70-50.

While it would be a nice story if St. John's and Monmouth played each other, it seems unlikely based on Monmouth's RPI which is around 180. A Monmouth/UConn first-round matchup would be a possibility, however.



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