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Sunday, March 18, 2012

UConn's Tiffany Hayes joins a select group

When Tiffany Hayes was credited with an assist on Stefanie Dolson’s jumper with 1:11 left in the first half of Saturday’s NCAA tournament opener, the UConn senior moved into some pretty select company.

The assist was the 474th of her career, moving her by Svetlana Abrosimova for 10th on UConn’s career list it also enabled her to join Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery as the only Huskies in the top 10 in games played, points, assists and 3-pointers made.

“I got to play with (Moore and Montgomery) and they were great players so I am blessed to play with (them),” Hayes said. “You have to take pride in it.”

Hayes heads into tonight’s game against Kansas State tied for fourth with 150 games played, is eighth with 183 3-pointers and 10th with 1,748 points and 474 assists. She is also 12th with 210 steals. Add in being a member of two national championship teams and it has been quite the journey for Hayes, who will play in Connecticut for the final time as a collegiate player today.

“Hopefully it is a good one and just make it a good (final game),” Hayes said. “It has been a great ride, it has been a good four years so far and hopefully we can finish it out on a good note.”
Before each game veteran Kansas State coach Deb Patterson hasn’t needed to put a heck of a lot into which players would be starting for the Wildcats.
In each of the 33 games this season seniors Tasha Dickey, Jalana Childs and Branshea Brown and juniors Brittany Chambers and Mariah White have been in the starting lineup. The only other Division I teams which can boast of having the same starting five in every game this season are Brigham Young, Brown, Nebraska and Oregon State.
“We are best friends and we hang out all the time,” Chambers said. “Yesterday after the game we had seven people in the same room watching TV we are all really good friends and enjoy being together.”
Of course UConn is no stranger is the department of consistent starting fives. Had junior guard Caroline Doty not missed the Syracuse game with a bruised knee, the Huskies would have had the same starting lineup in every game this season. Still, with the exception of Dickey, a transfer from Arizona, the other starters have been together for at least the last three years. UConn starts two sophomores and its top scorer in freshman reserve Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.

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