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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Jim Clark’s Husky Report: UConn Notches 41st and 42nd Consecutive Double-Digit Wins

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By Jim Clark
Correspondent

UConn 83 v. Texas 58

The big early test against No. 12 Texas simply wasn’t. All five Husky starters scored in double figures.

The officiating was, unfortunately, once more part of making a nationally televised game look bad. Dee Kantner, an excellent official, in great physical shape, also has an ego that leads her to become part of the game far too often. It is rumored that her NBA gig was shortened for this very reason. She hears and sees reactions that are better ignored, and confronts players and coaches far too quickly. This crew called 40 fouls (that’s one a minute), many of them touch or phantom. Evenly distributed, though.

Maya Moore’s first block, from behind on a breakaway by Raven, was a thing of beauty. She ended the game with four blocks. Moore is playing very extended minutes, so any concerns about her knee seem to be resolved.

Texas showed skills worthy of their No. 12 ranking.  Senior Brittainey Raven and Kathleen Nash were both in double figures. Nash is a tall, good shooting, savvy player, who made the shots she was given and played excellent defense. But the Longhorn guards neither shoot nor pass particularly well. UConn sagged off the guards on defense, and Texas was unable to exploit it.

Connecticut, on the other hand, shot 46 percent from beyond the arc. With Moore, Doty, Hayes and freshman Kelly Faris all good outside shooters, it is really hard to guard UConn.

Tiffany Hayes is still not comfortable at the point and turns the ball over too frequently. She is a brilliant player, however, and will improve. Doty actually ran the point better in this game.

Tina Charles has picked up where she left off last season—active, relentless, working hard every possession. She played just eight minutes in the first half, however, before heading to the bench with two early fouls. If that were to happen against Stanford, the undefeated season would be gone. Geno chose to go with Megan Gardler in the post, rather than Heather Buck. Hmm.

Former Tennesee star Kara Lawson on UConn ’s offensive play: “Geno Auriemma is the best coach in the country at getting his player to know what to do and where to do it on the offensive end.” Read what you will into that.

Connecticut recorded its 41st consecutive double-digit win.


UConn 87 @ Holy Cross 34

Holy Cross has already lost to Yale this season, so what did you expect? This was a no-contest from the tip. The Crusaders had nothing to stop Tina Charles, or for that matter almost anyone else even though UConn shot poorly from beyond the arc.

But the Huskies had 26 assists on 34 hoops, a clear sign that the offense is starting to click the right way. Defensive help and rotations also look better each game, but UConn gives up too many threes. This too, should improve with time.

All 10 Huskies played, nine scored. Hayes played a high of 24 minutes, Jaquie Fernandez a low of 15 minutes. It was Connecticut’s 117th consecutive win over a non-ranked opponent.

Holy Cross really showed no reason to believe they will make the tournament this year. They are, as always, well coached, and fundamentally sound. But they have no player who stands out either as a go-to player or leader, at least in this blowout.

UConn has a full week off, before playing three straight at home next weekend in the WBCA Classic. They will play Hofstra, then Richmond, then a decent Clemson team which beat South Carolina in overtime this week.

Originally published Sat, November 21, 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.
Rank remains unchanged since last week
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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.