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Saturday, February 14, 2015

With iconic group of Huskies looking on, UConn rolls on

The game began not long after a touching meeting between the soon to be top-ranked UConn women's basketball team and a group of cancer survivors, a move adding a personal touch to the Huskies' annual Play 4 Kay game. What followed was a performance that made some rather interested spectators proud.

The 1994-95 UConn team was honored at halftime and with eight of the 12 players from that squad sitting in Section 101 with their families inside Gampel Pavilion, the current group of Huskies went about playing in a manner than helped that '95 squad win the first of the program's record nine national titles.

For all the great teams and incredible players UConn coach Geno Auriemma has mentored since that time, there has never been a group of Huskies who averaged more than the 22 1/2 assists the 1994-95 squad put up on a nightly basis. So what better way to pay tribute to the team that helped turn a program from national contender into national powerhouse.

Each of the seven UConn players to see at least 19 minutes of action, each one of them had multiple assists with Moriah Jefferson, Morgan Tuck and Gabby Williams doing so without committing a turnover.

"I had a chance to talk to a bunch of them beforehand and I am going to have a chance to see them afterwards, just getting them back here and talk about what has happened here and how much this place has changed, how different  it is today it is just good to be around them," Auriemma said.

Jefferson had 16 points to lead six Huskies in double figures in the 87-39 win over a Tulane team that came into the game in third place in the American Athletic Conference.

"It is special anytime you can play in games like that, being in front of that crowd and in front of the '95 team, you want to come out and play your best and for the most part we did that," Jefferson said.
"Anytime you get to play in the front of the guys who kind of paved the way, you want to come out and play your best game."

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