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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Maya Moore, Swin Cash shine in U.S. win

Former UConn stars Maya Moore and Swin Cash had 15 and 10 points respectively to lead the United States to a 100-62 win over China in an exhibition game at the Key Arena in Seattle on Saturday night.

Six players scored in double figures led by Tamika Catchings' 19 points as the U.S. Olympic team played together for the first time since the 12-member team was announced. A groin injury kept former UConn star Tina Charles out of the game but still Connecticut alums combined for 38 points, eight assists and five steals in the game.

“I thought it was a great start for us,” Cash said. “Everyone came out with a lot of focus on what we wanted to get done and that was to try and build some chemistry. I thought we achieved that. We understand we have a ways to go, but this is a great first step.”

The U.S. will scrimmage Japan later today before the players head back to their WNBA teams to prepare for the start of the season. The team will get back to together in July for a training camp in Washington, D.C. before heading overseas for some final tuneups before the start of the Olympics.

You can check out the USA Basketball site for some thoughts from UConn and U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma as well as former Huskies Sue Bird (two points, three assists), Diana Taurasi (nine points) and Cash.

With the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. hosting game three of the NHL's Eastern Conference fnal between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils on May 19, the WNBA game between the Connecticut Sun and New York Liberty has been shifted to Madison Square Garden. The game is still set for a 4 p.m. tip.

This is the second consecutive year that renovations at MSG have forced Liberty home games to be played in Newark

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