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Saturday, December 05, 2015

UConn thrilled to be part of Jimmy V Women's Classic again

When UConn hosts Notre Dame later on today it will be the fifth straight season and eighth time overall that the Huskies are featured in the Jimmy V Women's Classic.

For UConn coach Geno Auriemma, whose father fought the good fight against cancer before dying in 1997 resulting in Geno being actively involved in raising money for cancer research, would love for the Huskies to be asked to play in the next five events as well.

"The thing that has always impressed me is that when this started, the very early stages of the Jimmy V Classic, you aren't quite sure where it is going," Auriemma said. "You are not sure where is this going to end up. Is it one of those things where it goes a couple of years and fades away? It took a lot of work from a lot of people especially at ESPN and of course at the Jimmy V Foundation. It has only got bigger and stronger, had more of an impact and it still resonates today and Jimmy hasn't coached a game in (25) years. To be a part of it and to be asked to be a part of it year after year after year, it must mean that we are contributing to the cause and I like that."

UConn incoming freshmen Crystal Dangerfield and Kyla Irwin each had 20-point games to lead their respectively teams to victory.

Dangerfield had 25 points,her fourth 25-point effort in five games this season as Blackman High School defeated William Blount 64-37 to improve to 4-1.

Irwin had 23 points in State College High School's 42-40 overtime win over Mount Lebanon in State College's first game of the season.

Molly Bent's Tabor Academy team will face the Rivers School today at 3 p.m. in its season opener.


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