Tuesday, April 08, 2014

1 Connecticut Huskies (40-0, 21-0 AAC)

Results: Connecticut 79, Notre Dame 58
Player of the Game: Sr. C Stefanie Dolson (17p, 16r, 7a, 3b, 38m)
Defensive Player of the Game: Sr. C Stefanie Dolson (12dr, 3b, 38m)
Freshman Player of the Game: Fr. G Lindsay Allen, Notre Dame (2p, 3r, 5a, 2s, 29m)
Stat of the Game: Pts. in the Paint: UConn 52, Notre Dame 22

Summary:  Duel National Champs!!! UConn men won last night vs. Kentucky for their 4th title and the UConn women followed suit tonight finishing up their 5th undefeated season by beating Notre Dame for their NCAA WCBB DI-record 9th National Championship!!!! National Player of the Year and All-American So. F Breanna Stewart led the way with 21pts. on 10-15 shooting and 9rebs., 4asts., and 2blks. while National Defensive Player of the Year and All-American Sr. C Stefanie Dolson added a double-double with 17pts. and 16rebs. to go along with 7asts. and 3blks. All-American Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis overcame an injury-riddled season to have an outstanding postseason and chipped in 18pts., 7rebs., 2asts., and 2stls. to earn a spot on the Final Four All-Tournament Team!

Senior All-Americans Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley conclude their careers with their 2nd consecutive NCAA titles. Dolson was absolutely brilliant from the tip until she left the game to a giant hug from her coach. She finished just shy of a triple-double with 17pts., 16rebs., 7asts., and 3blks. They will be missed by all (and by their teammates especially). Bria struggled on offense but shut down one of (if not the most) athletic guards in the women's game in Loyd, yet she still finished with 13pts., 2rebs., 3asts., and 1blk as she finished just 6pts shy of 2,000 career points (1,994). They are both EXTRA SPECIAL!!! I am so happy the world got to see just how special and that they got to go out on top. They are going to make whichever WNBA team(s) draft them very, very happy with their selection in next Monday's 2014 WNBA Draft.

2013-14 NCAA Women's Basketball National Champions (Duel Champs with UConn men)!!!




















2014 Final Four All-Tournament Team:
Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
So. G Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame
Sr. G Kayla McBride, Notre Dame
Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut
So. F Breanna Stewart, Connecticut (Most Outstanding Player)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Game notes (pdf) for today's NCAA Final 4 game vs 2-seed Stanford Cardinal (33-3).

Event: NCAA Women's Final Four
Location: Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
Time: 9:00pm (ET)
TV: ESPN
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Saturday, April 05, 2014

2013-14 WBCA DI Coaches' All-American Team

The All-American trio of Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Sr. G Bria Hartley, and So. F Breanna Stewart have all been named to the 2013-14 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association today at the Final Four in Nashville, TN. UConn has now had 31 all-time selections to the prestigious team and Stewart is the 18th Husky to be honored on the WBCA All-America squad. Dolson was selected to the squad last year while Hartley earned All-America status in 2012. This marks the ninth time that multiple Huskies were named WBCA All-Americans and the third time three made the squad. Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diana Taurasi were selected in 2002 while Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery and Maya Moore made the team in 2009. Stewart is only the sixth UConn sophomore to be named to the team along with Svetlana Abrosimova (1998-99), Diana Taurasi (2001-02), Moore (2008-09), Hartley, and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (2012-13). Moore was also selected to the team during her freshman campaign.



2013-14 WBCA DI Coaches' All-American Team:
Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Sr. G Bria Hartley, Connecticut
Sr. F Jordan Hooper, Nebraska
So. G Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame
Sr. G Kayla McBride, Notre Dame
So. G Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Sr. F Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Sr. G Odyssey Sims, Baylor
So. F Breanna Stewart, Connecticut
Sr. F Alyssa Thomas, Maryland


Friday, April 04, 2014

2013-14 Senior CLASS Award

Today UConn All-American Sr. C Stefanie Dolson was selected as the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I women's basketball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women's basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women's basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, community, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Dolson is majoring in communication science and plans to graduate in May. She has been named to the Director of Athletics Honor Roll four times. Over her college career, Dolson and her team have visited the Connecticut Children's Hospital and participated in the Walk for Autism. She played a key role in helping raise more than $30,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. She is fourth in Connecticut history in field goal percentage and blocked shots. She is one of only five players in Connecticut history to reach 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She is one of only three Huskies all-time to register a triple-double. With a start on Sunday in the Final Four against Stanford, Dolson would break Stanford's Kayla Pedersen's NCAA DI record for career starts (150). Currently, they are tied at 150. Dolson has started 150 of a possible 152 games in which she has played in during her four year UConn career. She has only not played in ONE game (food poisoning) during her Husky tenure.

"I'm extremely honored and I know my family will be so proud and excited," Dolson said. "This award is special because it recognizes more than just basketball and celebrates what student-athletes also do in the classroom and in the community. I take a lot of pride in being a leader on this team, so I'm very happy to be recognized."

"I don't think there is a better representative of what a student-athlete and person should be than Stefanie," UConn Head Coach Geno Auriemma said. "I've coached at UConn for many years and have coached great players and people. But over the last four years, Stefanie has been as good a teammate, player and representative of the university as anyone could ever hope someone could be. I'm sure there are other people as deserving of this 


2014 Honda Sports Award (WCBB) nominees

Today UConn All-American So. F Breanna Stewart was named one of 5 nominees for the Honda Sports Award for basketball as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA). The other nominees are Sr. G Kayla McBride from Notre Dame, Sr. F Chiney Ogwumike from Stanford, Sr. G Odyssey Sims from Baylor, and Sr. F Alyssa Thomas from Maryland. The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The Honda Sports award winner for basketball will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote. The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. In December, UConn's Marie Elena Bolles earned the honor in field hockey after leading the Huskies to the 2013 National Championship and earning National Player of the Year recognition. Honda Sports award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup award presented in June.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

2013-14 WBCA DI DPOTY finalists

Today UConn All-American Sr. C Stefanie Dolson was selected as one of three finalists for WBCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year Award, presented by the United States Marine Corps. Joining Dolson as finalists for the honor are Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims. The Defensive Player of the Year award honors the best defensive collegiate Division I women's basketball player. All Division I conference defensive players of the year are eligible to be nominated for the award. A selection committee makes the final decision on the winner. Dolson has anchored a UConn defense that leads the country in opponents field goal percentage (30.7 percent) and points allowed (47.4 ppg), both of which approach NCAA single-season records. She is fourth all-time at UConn in blocked shots and swatted a career-high 8 shots in UConn’s Regional Final victory over Texas A&M on March 31 a game in which she tied Stanford's Kayla Pedersen for all-time starts in NCAA DI WCBB history with 150 starts and UConn as a team set the NCAA DI record for blocked shots in a single season with 311 (Baylor 310, 2011-12, 40 games). The 2013-14 American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Sportsmanship Award winner, she enters the Final Four averaging 12.4ppg and leading the team in rebounding with 9.2rpg to go along with 127 assists. Defensively she has 89 blocks and 38 steals on the season. Dolson also boasts the distinction of joining Kara Wolters as the only two Huskies to four-peat as conference All-Tournament selections. To top the list, the senior recorded just the program’s second triple-double against Oregon on Nov. 20, 2013. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. CT Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team

Today UConn So. F Breanna Stewart was named to the 2013-14 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team as announced by the Los Angeles Athletics Club. Voting by college basketball media members from throughout the nation took place March 12-25, which allowed voters to take into account the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The All-American Team is comprised of the five student-athletes who received the highest point total over that period. All players must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible. The 5 members of this years John R. Wooden Award All-American Team are also the 5 finalists for the 2013-14 John R. Wooden Award. The winner of the 2013-14 John R. Wooden Award will be announced as part of the 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s weekend April 10-12, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The event will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer.

The American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Stewart becomes the seventh Husky selected as a Wooden Award All-American since the team’s inception in 2004. Former UConn star Maya Moore is the only Husky to earn the honor on multiple occasions after making the team in every one of her distinguished four years at Connecticut. Stewart joins Moore, Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery and Diana Taurasi as UConn players to receive the honor. A unanimous AP First Team All-American selection, Stewart leads the Huskies with 19.4 points per game and ranks second on the UConn roster in rebounding with 8.1 boards per contest. Her 738 points this season are fourth most in program history and represent the second highest total by a sophomore since Maya Moore netted 754 in 2009-10. Stewart not only delivers on the offensive end, but the 6-4 forward leads the squad with 106 blocks on the season, helping UConn set a new NCAA single-season team record for rejections with 313.

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team:
Sr. G Kayla McBride, Notre Dame
Sr. F Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Sr. G Odyssey Sims, Baylor
So. F Breanna Stewart, Connecticut
Sr. F Alyssa Thomas, Maryland

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

2013-14 AP All-Americans

For the first time since the 2001-02 season and the second time in program history, five Huskies have earned All-American recognition from the Associated Press as announced by the organization Tuesday morning. UConn All-American So. F Breanna Stewart headlined the squad as a unanimous First Team AP All-American selection. The Senior All-American duo of G Bria Hartley and C Stefanie Dolson earned Second Team choices. UConn So. G Moriah Jefferson and All-American Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were recognized with Honorable Mention honors. The feat marks the second time in program history that five Connecticut players have received AP recognition. In 2001-02, the combination of Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Asjha Jones and Tamika Williams collected five AP All-American accolades en route to winning the first of what would be three consecutive National Championships.

2013-14 AP All-American Team:
First Team:
Sr. G Kayla McBride, Notre Dame
Sr. F Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford*
Sr. G Odyssey Sims, Baylor*
So. F Breanna Stewart, Connecticut*
Sr. F Alyssa Thomas, Maryland

Second Team:
Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Sr. G Bria Hartley, Connecticut
Sr. F Jordan Hooper, Nebraska
So. G Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame
Sr. G Shoni Schimmel, Louisville

Third Team:
Sr. C Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame
Sr. G Tricia Liston, Duke
Sr. G Maggie Lucas, Penn State
So. G Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Jr. C Elizabeth Williams, Duke

* - unanimous selection

Monday, March 31, 2014

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (38-0, 21-0 AAC)

Results: Connecticut 69, Texas A&M 54
Player of the Game: Sr. C Stefanie Dolson (14p, 10r, 3a, 1s, 8b, 39m)
Def. Player of the Game: Sr. C Stefanie Dolson (9dr, 1s, 8b, 39m)
Fr. Player of the Game: none
Stat of the Game: Blocks: UConn 10, Texas A&M 2

Summary: UConn won its 44th straight game and are now headed to Nashville, TN to compete in their NCAA WCBB DI-record 7th straight Final Four (and 15th overall). Led by Lincoln Regional MOP and UConn All-American Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' 17pts and 7rebs as well as All-American Sr. C Stefanie Dolson's 14pts., 10rebs, and career-high 8 blocks, UConn again pulled away early in the 2nd half to defeat Texas A&M, 69-54. In this game, Dolson also tied Stanford's Kayla Pedersen for all-time starts in NCAA DI WCBB history with 150 starts and UConn as a team set the NCAA DI record for blocked shots in a single season with 311 (Baylor 310, 2011-12, 40 games).

2014 Lincoln All-Regional Team:
Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Sr. G Bria Hartley, Connecticut
Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, MOP
So. G Courtney Walker, Texas A&M
So. G Courtney Williams, Texas A&M

2013-14 USBWA All-American Team

The trio of All-American Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Sr. G Bria Hartley, and So. F Breanna Stewart have earned spots on the 10-member 2013-14 United States Basketball Writers Association All-America Team as announced by the USBWA today. The USBWA Women's All-America Team is the nation's best ten players, regardless of position, as selected by the USBWA membership based on regular-season performance. These ten standouts are finalists for the USBWA's Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the national player of the year, which will be announced Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., at 3:30 p.m. ET prior to the start of the NCAA Women's Final Four. Dolson earns her second-straight USBWA All-America Team selection while Hartley and Stewart earn the honor for the first time. Huskies have had at least one selection on the 10-member team in six of the last seven seasons. Dolson is the fifh Husky to earn multiple selections to the team, which began in 1996, joining former UConn Greats Nykesha Sales, Svetlana Abrosimova, Diana Taurasi, and Maya Moore.

2013-14 USBWA All-American Team:
Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Sr. G Bria Hartley, Connecticut
So. G Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame
Sr. G Maggie Lucas, Penn State
Sr. G Kayla McBride, Notre Dame
Sr. F Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Sr. G Shoni Schimmel, Louisville
Sr. G Odyssey Sims, Baylor
So. F Breanna Stewart, Connecticut
Sr. F Alyssa Thomas, Maryland

Game notes (pdf) for today's NCAA Elite 8 game vs 3-seed Texas A&M Aggies (27-8).

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, NE)
Time: 9:30pm (ET)
TV: ESPN
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Saturday, March 29, 2014

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (37-0, 21-0 AAC)

Results: Connecticut 70, BYU 51
Player of the Game: Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (19p, 13r, 4a, 1s, 36m)
Def. Player of the Game: Sr. C Stefanie Dolson (10dr, 2s, 4b, 36m)
Fr. Player of the Game: none
Stat of the Game: 2nd Chance Pts.: UConn 27, BYU 9

Summary:  UConn All-American Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis followed up her triple-double with a double-double of 19pts and 13rebs (career-high 8 offensive) as UConn pulled away midway through the SECOND half to defeat BYU, 70-51. UConn season scoring leaders Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley overcame slow starts, with Stewart having 12 of her 16 in the second half and Hartley all 12 after halftime. At the end of the day, it wasn't pretty or easy (it isn't supposed to be), but a win is a win and UConn now moves onto the Elite 8 and awaits the winner of the Texas A&M-DePaul winner.
Game notes (pdf) for today's NCAA Sweet 16 game vs 12-seed BYU Cougars (23-9).

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, NE)
Time: 4:30pm (ET)
TV: ESPN
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2014 Wade Trophy finalists

The UConn trio of All-American Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, All-American Sr. G Bria Hartley, and All-American candidate So. F Breanna Stewart have been named as finalists for the 2014 Wade Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding Division I women's basketball player as announced on Thursday. The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members consisting of leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators. The committee will select the winner of The Wade Trophy from among the 12 finalists who also are named to the 10-member WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America Team when it is chosen in April. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. ET Monday, April 7, 2014.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2013-14 WBCA All-Region 1 Team/COY

The UConn trio of All-American Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, All-American Sr. G Bria Hartley, and All-American candidate So. F Breanna Stewart have been selected to the 2013-14 All-Region 1 Team as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Tuesday, March 25.  This marks the second selection for both Dolson (2013) and Hartley (2012) and the first for Stewart. The WBCA All-America selection committee will select the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team from these 52 All-Region picks and will be announced on Saturday, April 5, 2014 during the Final Four in Nashville, TN.

Today UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma has been selected as the 2013-14 Region 1 Coach of the Year, as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Auriemma is one of eight Russell Athletic/Regional Coaches of the Year and is now a finalist for the inaugural Pat Summitt Trophy to be presented to the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year. The other seven finalists for the award are Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw (Region 2), South Carolina’s Dawn Staley (Region 3), Bowling Green’s Jennifer Roos (Region 4), Baylor’s Kim Mulkey (Region 5), Indiana’s Curt Miller (Region 6), Colorado State’s Ryun Williams (Region 7) and Oregon State’s Scott Rueck (Region 8). The 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year will be announced during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (36-0, 21-0 AAC)

Results: Connecticut 91, St. Joseph's 52
Player of the Game: Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (20p, 10r, 10a, 31m)
Def. Player of the Game: So. G Moriah Jefferson (8dr, 3s, 5b, 33m)
Fr. Player of the Game: Fr. G Saniya Chong (1r, 1a, 11m)
Stat of the Game: Free Throws: UConn 11-12, St. Joe's 2-2

Summary:  UConn All-American Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has struggled this season with injury and illness. But everything felt fine on Tuesday night. She recorded UConn's first ever triple-double in a NCAA Tournament game as she scored 20 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and had 10 assists to lead the Huskies to a 91-52 rout of Saint Joseph's in the second round of the NCAA tournament. It was the second triple double for UConn this year, the third in program history, and just the 14th in the history of the women's NCAA tournament. She led five players in double figures for the top-ranked Huskies, who won their 42nd straight game. UConn All-American candidate So. F Breanna Stewart added 21 points and 11 rebounds, and All-American Sr. G Bria Hartley also chipped in 20 points for the defending national champions, who are trying to win a record ninth NCAA tournament.
Game notes (pdf) for today's NCAA 2nd Rd game vs 9-seed St. Joseph's Hawks (23-9).

Location: Gampel Pavilion (Storrs, CT)
Time: 7:00pm (ET)
TV: ESPNU
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Sunday, March 23, 2014

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (35-0, 21-0 AAC)

Results: Connecticut 87, Prairie View A&M 44
Player of the Game: So. F Breanna Stewart (19p, 10r, 4a, 1s, 2b, 28m)
Def. Player of the Game: So. G Moriah Jefferson (3dr, 5s, 26m)
Fr. Player of the Game: Fr. G Saniya Chong (9p, 4r, 2a, 18m)
Stat of the Game: Rebounds: UConn 52, Prairie View A&M 28

Summary: UConn's players had a couple of presents for coach Geno Auriemma on his 60th birthday. The first was a video in which they altered the words to the Commodores classic song "Brick House" to have a little fun at his expense. The second was an 87-44 rout of Prairie View A&M on Sunday, giving Auriemma his 92nd NCAA tournament win. UConn All-American candidate So. F Breanna Stewart led a balanced offense with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead five Huskies in double figures. Fellow So. G Moriah Jefferson had 14 points, four assists and five steals.
Game notes (pdf) for today's NCAA 1st Rd game vs 16-seed Prairie View A&M (14-17).

Location: Gampel Pavilion (Storrs, CT)
Time: 8:00pm (ET)
TV: ESPN
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Friday, March 21, 2014

2013-14 Naismith Award finalists

UConn All-American candidate So. F Breanna Stewart has been selected as one of four finalists for the 2014 Naismith Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top collegiate basketball player, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The fan voting component of the award’s selection process will begin next week. Stewart is joined by Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims. The finalists were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s National Voting Academy, which determined that the player performances throughout the 2013-14 regular season stood out among a host of great women’s basketball players. The 2014 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded to one of these four finalists on April 7, 2014, in Nashville, TN. For the 10th consecutive year, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the player of their choice and help determine the 2014 Naismith Trophy winner. Beginning March 24 and running through April 5 fans can cast their vote through the online and mobile optimized site www.NaismithVote.com. The fan vote represents 25 percent of the selection process – the largest fan impact of any collegiate basketball award.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The 2014 Women's NCAA Tournament #1 Seeds:


1a. Connecticut Huskies (Lincoln)

1b. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (South Bend)

1c. Tennessee Lady Vols (Louisville)

1d. South Carolina Gamecocks (Stanford)


The 1-seed Connecticut Huskies will face 16-seed SWAC Champion Prairie View A&M (14-17) at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT on Sunday, March 23 at 8:00pm (ET) on ESPN.

Friday, March 14, 2014

espnW 2013-14 WCBB National Player of the Year

Today UConn So. F Breanna Stewart was selected by a panel of WCBB media members as the espnW 2013-14 WCBB National Player of the Year by espnW while senior center Stefanie Dolson and senior guard Bria Hartley each earned espnW All-America status, as announced on Friday.  UConn led the way with 3 players named to each of the two 5-player teams as Stewart was selected as a First Team All-American while Dolson and Hartley each earned Second Team honors. All 3 players were unanimous selections.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2014 James E. Sullivan Award list

Today UConn Sr. All-American G Bria Hartley was selected as one of 19 nominees for the 2014 James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete, as announced by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).  Cast your vote for Bria at aausports.org! Tuesday marks the first day of voting to find the winner of the 2013 AAU Sullivan Award. Voting is open to the public and will account for one-third of the athlete’s overall score. The nominees were nominated by someone who thought they fit the requirements of outstanding athletic ability, strong character, leadership and sportsmanship. Three finalists will be named no later than March 28th and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 11 at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, FL. The Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930, and is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship. Notable recipients of the AAU Sullivan Award include: Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Joyner, Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps, J.J. Redick, Tim Tebow, Shawn Johnson and Missy Franklin.

Monday, March 10, 2014

2014 AAC Tournament Champions

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (34-0, 21-0 AAC)

Results: Connecticut 72, Louisville 52
Player of the Game: So. F Breanna Stewart (20p, 9r, 6a, 2s, 4b, 36m)
Def. Player of the Game: So. F Breanna Stewart (9dr, 2s, 4b, 36m)
Fr. Player of the Game: Fr. F Emmonnie Henderson, Louisville (2p, 2r, 11m)
Stat of the Game: Free Throws: UConn 16-22, Louisville 3-3

Summary: UConn So. sensation and All-American candidate F Breanna Stewart was everywhere on both sides of the court (even ending up with a SportsCenter Top 10 (#9 to be exact) highlight block on her way to being named the inaugural American Tournament MVP as she led UConn to yet another 20-point victory over Louisville, 72-52. Stewart was helped by fellow All-Tournament members UConn All-Americans Sr. G Bria Hartley (16 points and 6 assists), Sr. C Stefanie Dolson (10 points and 16 rebounds), and Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (13 points and 4 rebounds). The Huskies have now won 40 straight games - the third-longest streak in school history. It was the third straight game that UConn put a team away by the end of the first half. Shoni Schimmel led Louisville with 20 points, but was 7 for 25 from the field. She had little help as no other Cardinals player reached double figures. Once again, Louisville had no answer for the Huskies, losing for the third time this season and the 16th straight time overall. The Cardinals have only beaten the Huskies once and that was in the first meeting between the schools back in 1993.

2014 American Athletic Conference Tournament Champions!!!

2014 All-Tournament Team:
Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Sr. G Bria Hartley, Connecticut
Jr. W Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut
Sr. G Shoni Schimmel, Louisville
So. F Breanna Stewart, Connecticut (Tournament MVP)

Friday, March 07, 2014

American Post-season Honors (part deux)

UConn nearly swept the American Athletic Conference's Women's Basketball major awards as sophomore forward Breanna Stewart was named the 2013-14 American Player of the Year and Head Coach Geno Auriemma received 2013-14 American Coach of the Year honors. Rutgers guard Tyler Scaife took home the American Freshman of the Year award. Stewart, the American Preseason Player of the Year and AP Preseason All-American, averaged 8.5 rebounds and a team-best 19.8 points per game in conference play. The Syracuse, N.Y. native finished second in the league in scoring and become the fifth sophomore in UConn history to hit the 1,000 career-point mark. Stewart was a unanimous all-conference first team selection and led her team to the inaugural American regular-season championship. She was named the 2013 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year and is a finalist for the Naismith, Wade and Wooden Awards.

In his 29th year of coaching, Auriemma led his team to an unbeaten regular season and the inaugural league title. His squad finished 31-0 for their ninth-consecutive 30-win season and is ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls. His team boasts three Naismith National Semifinalists, four players on the Wade Trophy Watch List and two Nancy Lieberman Award finalists. UConn has won 37 conference championships and are currently on a 37-game win streak dating back to last season. The streak is the third longest in program history.

2013-14 American Player of the Year:
So. F Breanna Stewart, Connecticut

2013-14 American Freshman of the Year:
Fr. G Tyler Scaife, Rutgers

2013-14 American Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Sr. F Antonita Slaughter, Louisville

2013-14 American Coach of the Year:
Geno Auriemma, Connecticut

Thursday, March 06, 2014

American Post-season Honors

The UConn women’s basketball team placed seven players on American Athletic Conference regular season teams in awards announced Thursday afternoon by the league. Stefanie Dolson headlined the group, earning Defensive Player of the Year, the American Sportsmanshp Award and a spot on the All-Conference First Team. Joining Dolson as First Team selections were Bria Hartley, Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart. Juniors Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes landed on the All-Conference Second Team while rookie Saniya Chong received was an All-Freshman team choice.

2013-14 American Defensive Player of the Year:
Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut

2013-14 American Most Improved Player of the Year:
RSr. F Asia Taylor, Louisville

2013-14 American Sportsmanship Award:
Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
RSr. G Tia Gibbs, Louisville

2013-14 American Sixth Player of the Year:
Jr. G Rateska Brown, Temple

2013-14 All-AAC First Team:
Sr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut*
Sr. G Bria Hartley, Connecticut*
So. G Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut
So. F Breanna Stewart, Connecticut*
Jr. F Sara Hammond, Louisville
RSr. F Asia Taylor, Louisville
Sr. G Shoni Schimmel, Louisville*
So. G Ariel Hearn, Memphis
So. G Kahleah Copper, Rutgers
So. G Courtney Williams, South Florida
Sr. G Keena Mays, Southern Methodist*

2013-14 All-AAC Second Team: 
Jeanise Randolph, Cincinnati, Sr., F
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn, Jr., F
Kiah Stokes, UConn, Jr., C
Bria Smith, Louisville, Jr., G
Betnijah Laney, Rutgers, Jr., G/F
Tyler Scaife, Rutgers, Fr., G
Alisia Jenkins, USF, So., F
Inga Orekhova, USF, Sr., G
Akil Simpson, SMU, Sr., F
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple, Fr., G
Natasha Thames, Temple, R-Sr., F

2013-14 AAC All-Freshman Team:
*Zykira Lewis, UCF, Fr., G
Bianca Quisenberry, Cincinnati, Fr., G
Saniya Chong, UConn, Fr., G
Emmonnie Henderson, Louisville, Fr., F
Breigha Wilder-Cochran, Memphis, Fr., G
Mooriah Rowser, Memphis, R-Fr., G
*Tyler Scaife, Rutgers, Fr., G
Ariadna Pujol, USF, Fr., G
*Kiara Perry, SMU, Fr., G
*Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple, Fr., G
Taylor Robinson, Temple, Fr., C

* denotes unanimous pick 

2014 John R. Wooden Award final list

UConn All-Americans Sr. C Stefanie Dolson and Sr. G Bria Hartley as well as All-American candidate So. F Breanna Stewart have each been selected to the final ballot for the 2014 John R. Wooden Award, as announced today by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.  Maya Moore (2009, 2011) and Tina Charles (2010) are former Huskies to earn the prestigious award. UConn was one of only two schools to place multiple student-athletes on the 15-member ballot as Notre Dame placed two.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Player of the Week

UConn So. All-American candidate F Breanna Stewart was named the American Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after she combined for 65 points (21.6 per game) in a 3-0 stretch for the Huskies that included conference wins over SMU, No. 24 Rutgers and No. 3 Louisville.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

2013-14 Women's Naismith Trophy semifinalists

A trio of Huskies have been identified as national semifinalists for the 2013-14 Women's Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Thursday. UConn All-Americans Sr. C Stefanie Dolson and Sr. G Bria Hartley as well as All-American candidate So. F Breanna Stewart were three of ten players to be named semifinalists. UConn leads all schools with three players in the running and the American Athletic Conference leads all leagues with four representatives including Louisville's Shoni Schimmel. Notre Dame is the only other institution to have multiple players selected in Jewell Loyd and Kayla McBride. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is awarded annually to the men's and women's college basketball players of the year. The voting academy bases its criteria on player performance throughout the season. The Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will narrow the top 10 semifinalists down to four finalists, which will be announced on March 21. The Naismith Award winner will be announced on April 7.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Game notes (pdf) for today's game vs Southern Methodist Mustangs (14-7, 5-5 AAC).

Location: Gampel Pavilion (Storrs, CT)
Time: 7:00pm (ET)
TV: SNY
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Game notes (pdf) for today's game at Cincinnati Bearscats (9-11, 2-7 AAC).

Location: Fifth Third Arena (Cincinnati, OH)
Time: 2:00pm (ET)
TV: SNY
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Friday, January 31, 2014

Injury Update

UConn So. F Morgan Tuck underwent successful microfracture right knee surgery yesterday and will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 basketball season. The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Arciero at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Tuck is expected to be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season and will apply for a medical redshirt following the 2013-14 season. Tuck, a native of Bolingbrook, Ill., last appeared for the Huskies on January 7, 2014 against Houston where she scored a career-high 19 points in only 13-minutes of action against the Cougars. She averaged 7.5ppg and 2.4rpg this season in 8 games played.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Game notes (pdf) for today's game at Temple Owls (10-9, 4-4 AAC).

Location: McGonigle Hall (Philadelphia, PA)
Time: 7:00pm (ET)
TV: SNY
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: none

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Game notes (pdf) for today's game vs South Florida Bulls (10-8, 5-2 AAC).

Location: XL Center (Hartford, CT)
Time: 12:00pm (ET)
TV: CBSSN
Internet: none
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Game notes (pdf) for today's game vs Memphis Tigers (10-8, 3-3 AAC).

Location: XL Center (Hartford, CT)
Time: 7:00pm (ET)
TV: SNY
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Game notes (pdf) for today's game at 21/ARV Rutgers Scarlett Knights (13-3, 4-1 AAC).

Location: Rutgers Athletic Center (Piscataway, NJ)
Time: 3:00pm (ET)
TV: ESPN2
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Monday, January 13, 2014

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (18-0, 5-0 AAC)

Results: Connecticut 66, Baylor 55
Player of the Game: So. G Moriah Jefferson (13p, 6r, 5a, 4s, 1b, 38m)
Def. Player of the Game: So. G Moriah Jefferson (5dr, 4s, 1b, 38m)
Fr. Player of the Game: Fr. F Nina Davis, Baylor (11p, 17r, 3a, 2s, 38m)
Stat of the Game: Blocks: UConn 8, Baylor 0

Summary: Still to come...

USA Basketball Women's National Team Pool

Three current UConn Stars as well as 4 former Husky Greats were among the 33 players named to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Women's National Team Pool as announced today by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee. They will be coached by their current UConn and USAB Women's National Team Head Coach Geno Auriemma, who led USAB to Gold in London in 2012 and UConn to 8 National Titles in WCBB. The USA Basketball Women’s National Team over the next three years will compete in the 2014 FIBA World Championship (Sept. 27 - Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey), and if the USA qualifies, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5 - 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), as well as additional USA training camps and exhibition games.

Highlighting the returning veterans are three-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); two-time Olympic gold medalists Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks); 2012 Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx); and Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun) and Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), who were members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Further, Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars) and Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), members of the 2010 USA World Championship Team that won gold, have been named to the pool.

Also named to the 2013-16 USA National Team roster were: DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (University of Connecticut), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsey Harding (Los Angeles Sparks), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kayla McBride (University of Notre Dame), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Silver Stars), Odyssey Sims (Baylor University), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Alyssa Thomas (University of Maryland), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx) and Sophia Young (San Antonio Silver Stars).

Four prior USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year honorees are listed on the roster, highlighted by three-time honoree UConn's Taurasi (2006, 2010, 2012), as well as LSU's Augustus (2003), UConn's Charles (2009) and UConn's Stewart (2011, 2013).

Player of the Week

UConn So. All-American candidate F Breanna Stewart was named the American Player of the Week for the second time this season after she averaged 18.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.5bpg and 3.5apg in a 2-0 week for the top-ranked Huskies.  The sophomore also shot 53.8 percent from the field in wins over Houston and Temple. Stewart started the week with a 24-point, nine-rebound performance in the Huskies' win over Houston on Tuesday. She also blocked six shots and was 8-14 from the floor in only 21-minutes of action.  She followed that up with 12 points, four steals and three assists in 20 minutes of action vs. Temple.
Game notes (pdf) for today's game at 7/7 Baylor Lady Bears (14-1).

Location: Ferrell Center (Waco, TX)
Time: 7:00pm (ET)
TV: ESPN2
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker