UConn to meet former conference rival UCF in second round
UConn and UCF will renew what has been a physical rivalry when the teams square off Monday night. The No. 2 seed Huskies, who routed Mercer in the opening round, are 13-0 against the No. 7 seed Knights, dating back to their days together in the American Athletic Conference, which UConn left in 2020 to rejoin the Big East.news.yahoo.com
Bueckers remains UConn's biggest question for NCAA Tourney
UConn star Paige Bueckers is by all accounts physically fit again as her Huskies enter the women's NCAA Tournament looking for a 14th consecutive appearance in the Final Four and a 12th national title. The sophomore has averaged under 14 minutes a game since her return and scored 30 total points, 16 of them in the Huskies' Big East quarterfinal win over Georgetown.news.yahoo.com
UConn women’s basketball team opens the postseason with something to prove in the Big East Tournament
The prelude is past, the postseason is here. The UConn women’s basketball team may not be in its familiar position, poised for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and considered the team to beat, but the Huskies are embracing their position as dangerous underdogs. “We’re a different team [than earlier in the season],” UConn senior Christyn Williams said. “I feel like a lot of teams are ...news.yahoo.com
UConn's Mir McLean leaves program, to transfer
UConn sophomore Mir McLean has left the program and will transfer, UConn coach Geno Auriemma announced Monday. McLean, a little-used reserve from Maryland, played in 27 games at UConn and averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds. A former McDonald's All-American in high school, the 5-foot-11 forward played eight minutes this season, did not score and had two rebounds. “Mir is extremely smart and athletic and she has a lot of potential,” Auriemma said.news.yahoo.com
Loaded UConn women push for program's 12th national title
UConn comes into this season ranked No. 2, having added the nation’s top recruit, guard Azzi Fudd, to a team that returns last year’s collegiate national player of the year, Paige Bueckers, and every other starter from a squad that went to it’s 13th straight Final Four.
College athletics begin to cash in on new rules allowing them to make money on their celebrity
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Chris Clunie chuckles thinking about what Stephen Curry’s marketing potential might’ve been at Davidson College during the Wildcats’ remarkable 2008 NCAA Tournament run had Curry played in an erafredericksburg.com
'It's an honor': The Hall of Fame's class of 2020 enshrined
Kobe Bryant is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame now, along with contemporaries Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, headliners of a group of nine who got their delayed and long-awaited enshrinement on Saturday night, more than a year after being announced as the Hall’s Class of 2020.
UConn's Paige Bueckers is AP women's player of the year
UConn's star guard became the first freshman ever to win The Associated Press women's basketball player of the year award Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)SAN ANTONIO – Paige Bueckers is in a class all by herself. UConn's star guard became the first freshman ever to win The Associated Press women's basketball player of the year award Wednesday. “It’s amazing, surreal for people to think of me that highly and to be in that position as a freshman,” Bueckers said. But I don’t think you can.”___More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Maryland's Brenda Frese is the AP women's coach of the year
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)SAN ANTONIO – Maryland coach Brenda Frese was honored as The Associated Press women's basketball coach of the year Wednesday for the second time in her career. Frese received eight votes from the 30-member national media panel that votes on the weekly AP Top 25. Obviously its going to be one I never forget,” said Frese, who also was AP coach of the year 19 years ago when she was at Minnesota. When Maryland won the Big Ten Tournament, Frese's father and mother, Donna, were in the stands in Indianapolis. “It's a memory I’ll cherish for a lifetime.”___More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Emmert promises WBCA he will work to fix 'stark' inequities
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – NCAA President Mark Emmert promised the Women's Basketball Coaches Association he will work with coaches to fix the “stark difference” between the Division I men's and women's tournaments. He asked Emmert what he could do to make sure those people give women's basketball the same advantages and opportunities. “Maybe that’s what has to happen in women’s basketball?” Auriemma said. "Maybe women’s basketball has got to separate itself from the other women’s sports? Yet for the women's Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, only “NCAA Women's Basketball” was in the middle of the court.
1st-timer Arizona joins mainstays in women's NCAA Final Four
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Arizona has been having fun and playing good basketball, all the way to its first women's NCAA Final Four. The 11-time national champions are making their 13th consecutive Final Four appearance and 21st overall for coach Geno Auriemma. The Cardinal's first Final Four since 2017 is their 14th overall, trailing only to UConn and Tennessee's 18. The Wildcats hadn't even been in the women's NCAA Tournament since 2005, though they would have made it last year with a 24-7 record before the tourney was canceled because of the pandemic. Stanford is in its 34th consecutive women's NCAA Tournament, with Tara VanDerveer in her record 35th overall as a coach.
UConn reaches 13th straight Final Four, beating Baylor 69-67
Bueckers scored 28 points and top seed UConn used a huge run spanning the final two quarters to beat No. 2 Baylor 69-67 on Monday night and reach a 13th consecutive Final Four in the women’s NCAA Tournament. After a timeout, Baylor fouled Christyn Williams, who missed both free throws to give the Lady Bears one last chance. The Lady Bears (28-3) had won the previous two, including a 74-58 win at Connecticut in January of 2020. The Lady Bears closed the action-packed first quarter with a 20-10 run and trailed 26-24 after one.
Williams, Bueckers lead UConn past Iowa in NCAA Sweet 16
UConn guard Paige Bueckers (5) works the ball past Iowa guard Caitlin Clark (22) during the first half of a college basketball game in the Sweet Sixteen round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – The game was billed as a marquee matchup of uber-talented freshmen Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. Williams scored 27 points and Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament. “I thought we played a great team basketball game," Williams said.
Bueckers and UConn top Syracuse 83-47, advance to Sweet 16
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SAN ANTONIO – Once Paige Bueckers and UConn got rolling, Syracuse couldn't stop them and now the Huskies are heading back to a familiar place — the Sweet 16. 1 seed UConn beat eighth-seeded Syracuse 83-47 on Tuesday night and advance to the regional semifinals of the women's NCAA Tournament for the 27th straight season. The Husky dog was carrying the suitcase,” UConn coach Chris Dailey said. AdThe UConn players sang “Happy Birthday” to Auriemma earlier Tuesday in a video posted on Twitter. “Tough kid, she didn’t quit,” an emotional Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said.
Bueckers helps UConn rout High Point 102-59 in NCAA opener
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – UConn did just fine without coach Geno Auriemma. Bueckers scored 24 points — the most by a UConn player in her first NCAA Tournament game — and the top-seeded Huskies routed High Point 102-59 in the first round Sunday. “We just want to continue to win for him so he can get out here with us,” Bueckers said. Muhl injured her left ankle in the Big East Tournament opener, but returned for the Huskies' game the next night. “I think that was a little bit of improv from some of the players," High Point coach Chelsea Banbury said.
UConn frosh Paige Bueckers leads women's AP All-America team
The freshman guard has lived up to it so far, delivering record-breaking performances and earning a spot on The Associated Press women's basketball All-American team Wednesday. She's only the third freshman to make the AP team, joining Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and UConn's Maya Moore. “Name one player that has taken a team this young to where we are today," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. She became the school's first women's basketball All-American last season. She was joined by Naz Hillmon, who is the first women's player at Michigan to earn All-America honors.
Stanford tops NCAA women's field; NC State gets No. 1 seed
North Carolina State head coach Wes Moore cuts down the net after his team defeated Louisville in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA women's college basketball game in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 7, 2021. 1 seed for the women’s NCAA Tournament. 1 seed for the first time, joining Stanford, South Carolina and Connecticut on the top lines for the San Antonio-themed regions for the women's tourney. 1 teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll this year, including the Huskies, who finished the season at No. Tennessee continued its streak of making the NCAA Tournament all 39 years.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma tests positive for coronavirus
“I didn't all the sudden go on spring break, I didn't go to Florida," he told reporters in a conference call on Monday. I didn't do anything.”The top-seeded Huskies are scheduled to leave for the tournament in San Antonio on Tuesday. According to federal and state health guidelines, Auriemma must remain in isolation for 10 days and may rejoin the team on March 24. The team's head physician said contact tracing protocols indicated Auriemma did not have close contact with any other team member since Friday. Auriemma said he will be talking to his assistant coaches while they are in Texas, but won’t be trying to coach from Connecticut.