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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Rare trip North for UConn

UConn has played in venues across the country and even some locales outside the U.S. but have never played at the nearby MassMutual Center (formerly the Springfield Civic Center). That will change on Sunday when the Huskies play Ohio State in the final game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge.

"It is cool to know that we are going to be able to play there," UConn senior center Stefanie Dolson said. "I don't know why we haven't played there, we don't get out much here in Connecticut but it is a cool opportunity to be able to go there, go to the arena and I know the night before we are going to the Hall of Fame and seeing all of that stuff."

If UConn's going to play a game in the arena, chances it is going to be either at the XL Center or Gampel Pavilion or at an on-campus facility which is why there have been no games in Springfield.

"The Hall of Fame hasn't done much with women's college basketball," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "They have a really good high school tournament every January but they have not done much with college women's basketball so I am glad that they have decided to do a little bit with it. I am thrilled they are doing something with the women but it is kind of an unorthodox setup, three games out there (in Ohio), three games here then you wait a week and play a game up there it is not typical tournament."


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