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Friday, June 29, 2012

Big night for former Huskies

It was a night to remember for some UConn graduates as six of the nine former Huskies in action scored in double figures in WNBA action Friday night.

Asjha Jones matched her season high with 20 points to go with 11 rebounds and two assists for her second double-double of the season in a 77-64 win over Washington. Tina Charles chipped in with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks while Renee Montgomery added 10 points.

Charde Houston had 16 points (12 coming on four 3-pointers), five rebounds and four assists in Phoenix's 84-81 win over Chicago. For the Sky, Swin Cash also had 16 points to go with five rebounds and two assists. Cash's point total was one off of her season high set in the previous game against Indiana.

Tiffany Hayes had the best scoring game of her young WNBA career with 15 points (in just 15 minutes) in Atlanta's 102-92 win over Tulsa.

I thought I'd share a video that was taken of Sandrine Gruda after France secured a berth in the Olympics.

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France joins Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey as teams which have qualified for the Olympics after winning quarterfinals on Friday. The final spot will be determined on Saturday and Sunday. Quarterfinal losers Argentina, Canada, Japan and Korea will play in semifinals on Saturday with the winners moving onto Sunday's game which will determine the final Olympic spot.

I did a little checking and FIBA is planning to announce which qualifiers secure which slots in the Olympic draw. When the draw was announced qualifiers No. 1, 2 and 4 will be in the round robin pool with the U.S., Angola and China while qualifiers No. 3 and 5 in the other pool. It would seem logical that the final team will become qualifier No. 5 meaning that the U.S. will have three of the four quarterfinal winners in their pool.

FIBA said in the Olympic press kit that the draw for the Olympic qualifiers will be conducted after the final game is played. That should happen around 1 p.m. Eastern time since the final game in the qualifying tournament is slated to tip at 11 a.m.


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