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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Jim Clark’s Husky Report: UConn 98 - Vanguard 68 (Exhibition)

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By Jim Clark
Correspondent

Editor’s Note: In a new column, Full Court’s Jim Clark shares his comments on the Huskies’ 98-68 win over Vanguard in their second exhibition game of the season. Next game: Connecticut’s season opener against Northwestern, Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m. EST, at home.

UGLY! That is the only way to describe UConn’s performance in this game. Sure, the opponent was nationally ranked, at No. 2. But that’s in the NAIA, not even Division III. And the Vanguard Lions put up 68 points on the Huskies. What does this say about Renee Montgomery’s importance in running the defensive end last year? Right now, the Husky game plan seems to be: dribble drive, pull up and pop a 12-footer. It worked pretty well all night. Still, the visitors shot 38 percent from the field, something that rarely happened during UConn’s 2008-09 season. It’s the early days of the 2009-10 season, but this is an NAIA team, albeit a good one!

Coach Geno Auriemma didn’t seem overly concerned. His comment on his team’s defense (or lack thereof): “We may need to have eight guys hitting threes (there were six, making 15 of 34). We’re not a very good defensive team right now. . . . We’re getting like everyone else in the country. We’re just going to go out and score more than the other team. . . . We’ll score a lot of points and hope we get the last shot.”

Maya Moore scored 33 points. Don’t ask me how. You just look at the scoreboard, and there it is. Thirty-three points in 31 minutes. It just is so apparently effortless, that it is almost invisible. Amazing! Moore shot 12-of-21 from the field, four-of-eight from three, and five-for-five from the line, besides nabbing four steals and eight rebounds.

Tina Charles: 16 points on seven-of-13 shooting, 11 boards, 24 minutes. These two are ready.

Caroline Doty says: “I feel great. I feel stronger than ever. There are a few kinks here and there, but they’ll work out. I thought I was going full speed tonight.”

Kelly Faris had a more ordinary day, shooting three-of-nine for nine points. But she also had five assists.

More excitement on the point guard front, some of it not so good: Lorin Dixon, once again the starter, collapsed with a scream at 15:42 in the first half, and silence descended on the Civic Center. It soon became clear, however, that it was a hamstring injury, not an ACL tear. Doty did not play for the rest of the evening and was announced as questionable for Saturday.

More telling than a (hopefully) minor injury to Dixon was that Tiffany Hayes, a sophomore, took the final layup after warm-ups, rather than Dixon, a junior. Renee Montgomery took that last layup every game for the last two seasons.

And here we are, still in the exhibition season, and already the refs are ruining things. The NCAA has reportedly restricted travel for the refs, so everyone is going to see more local “talent.” This is not a good thing. But there may be some “rough justice” in that misfortune: Perhaps Connecticut will be seeing more of the kind of officiating lesser schools have grown accustomed to enduring as a matter of course.

Originally published Tue, November 10, 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.