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Jim Clark’s Husky Report: UConn 105 - Northeastern 35

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By Jim Clark
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UConn Opener 2009-10

UConn unfurled their sixth National Championship banner on Gampel Pavilion’s Southeast Wall (there are 2 Men’s NC banners on the Northwest wall). They then proceeded to dismantle Northeastern.

UConn had just nine players available, as Lorin Dixon is out with hamstring injury and Kaili McLaren stepped on a teammate’s foot and sprained her ankle in practice Friday.

The personnel shortage didn’t seem to hurt. UConn came out much more organized and aggressive than in either of their exhibition games. The starters shot 88 percent in the first four minutes.

The score was 21-0 at 15:55.

With 8:30 remaining in the first half, and the score 47-7, the Huskies’ team on the floor was: Jacquie Fernandez, Kelly Faris, Kalana Greene, Megan Gardler and Heather Buck. In other words, the end of the bench (as short as it was).

Connecticut’s 69 points in the first half were the most ever by the team. They scored 68 in the first half against Providence in 1998.

Tina Charles had 17 points and nine rebounds in just nine minutes of playing time in the first half. At 15:41 she grabbed her 1000th rebound, and now has 1007. She is the third Connecticut player to reach that goal, joining Rebecca Lobo (1268) and Jamelle Elliot(1054). Charles should pass both this season.

CoachGeno Auriemma on the accomplishment: “Obviously, the company she’s in speaks for itself. Tina’s probably the best offensive rebounder we’ve ever had. [Pause for the punchline]. Because she takes a lot of shots in close and misses them, and can grab them and put them back in.”

Charles responded: “It means a lot [to be in that company] because Coach always tells me I’m the worst rebounder ever.”

Kalana Greene scored her 1000th point, the 33rd Connecticut player to do so.

The only Northeastern player who appeared not to be intimidated was freshman forward Rachel Pecota, who scored the first five points for her team. Clearly the team’s most fearless shooter, the 6’0” forward led Northeastern with 10 points, more than a quarter of their total.

UConn has rarely played a team as poorly prepared as Northeastern. Connnecticut often has trouble finding quality teams to fill out the Huskies’ schedule. This was one of the lowest quality teams for which they have had to settle. The team has no understanding of help defense. They seem to have no plays inside the arc, not even a simple pick and roll.

With 10 minutes left in the game, Northeastern finally managed to outscore Tina Charles with a three to give them 29 points. At that point Charles had left the game with 26 points and 13 boards in 18 minutes of playing time.

The mismatch did not dampen the Huskies’ hustle. At 100-30, with 4:35 left, Caroline Doty dove to the floor for a loose ball.

UConn won the battle of the boards 61–19. UConn shot 60 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range. No player on the team played more than 28 minutes (Doty) or less than 13 (Faris).

Heather Buck had 12 rebounds, and looked a little less tentative than she has in practice and the exhibition games. She will be needed against Stanford’s huge and talented front court in December.

Up Next: Texas, on Tuesday, November 17: The game will not be a true home game for the Longhorns, as it is being played at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The Final Four will be played at the Alamo Dome in that city, so expect nauseatingly repetitive stories about UConn going to the scene of the FF, where they: (a) “will certainly be again”, or (b) “don’t look like a Final Four team,” depending on whether they win the game.

ESPN will make much more of the outcome than the teams will. Geno: “You don’t win the National Championship in November, and you don’t lose it either.”

The reason that No. 1 and No. 12 play so early: “ESPN wants a really big game early in the season, and San Antonio wants to drum up interest, and having UConn there helps with that. The rest doesn’t mean anything,” said Auriemma. “But it is good for us to see how really good teams are going to treat us [this year].”

Maya Moore on Texas: “As a competitor, you always look forward to a game like that – and it does give you a test (to see where you stand).”

 

Originally published Sun, November 15, 2009


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.