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BIG EAST DOMINANCE
The second-ranked Connecticut Huskies (27-2, 15-1) continue the
2001 BIG EAST Tournament as the defending BIG EAST Champs and
national champions. The Huskies have won 11 regular season
conference championships (eight consecutive) and nine
tournament championships (seven consecutive) since the 1989-90
season. This brings the program's total to an astounding 20 league
basketball titles, a mark rivaled by no other team- male or female.
The next best record is 13 by the Georgetown men's program.
UConn also represents the BIG EAST in the NCAAs regularly with 12-
straight tournament appearances and the only national
championship (1995 & 2000) won by a BIG EAST women's basketball
Overall, the Huskies lead the Irish 11-1, with the series starting in 1996. The last
meeting was the first time the Irish had ever defeated the Huskies. This will be
the fourth of the 11 skirmishes that have been in the final game of the BIG EAST
Championship Tournament. In the Muffet McGraw era, no team other than
UConn has a double-digit win total against the Irish. The Huskies boast an
average margin of victory of 17.6 ppg in the 11 wins over the Irish. The largest
UConn victory margin was a 106-81 win in the Joyce Center in 1998, while the
closest game the two teams ever played was a seven-point 86-79 UConn win
at home in 1996.
A STREAK THEY WANTED TO BREAK
Before the last meeting, Notre Dame was one of 44 teams that had played
UConn and had never been able to beat the Huskies, however, no other
team was winless against the Huskies that had played Connecticut 10-or-more
times. The closest streak Connecticut had to the 11-0 string of victories over ND
was a 9-0 record against Vermont. Under Coach Geno Auriemma, Notre
Dame was one of two BIG EAST teams never to have beaten the Huskies- the
other being West Virginia (9-0). In the Muffet McGraw era, no team other than
UConn has a double-digit win total against the Irish.
No. 1 vs. No. 2
This is the 29th matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 (AP Poll) in the history of the
women's collegiate game and the second time this season. The top
ranked team has won on 15 of the 28 previous meetings. UConn has
been involved in six of these games and four in the last two seasons
alone winning on five occasions. When a second ranked Husky
team gets the chance to, in all likelihood go to the top of the polls,
they take advantage of it winning in the only game they ever
played a number one team when they were ranked second
(1/16/95, 77-66, vs. Tennessee, Storrs, CT). The last time a second-
ranked team toppled the nation's best was Jan. 10, 1999 in Storrs, CT,
when Tennessee took care of UConn 92-81. Shown below is a listing
of the games that UConn has played in when #1 squares off against
#1 #2 Outcome
Jan. 16, 1995 Tennessee Connecticut Connecticut, 77-66
Jan. 10, 1999 Connecticut Tennessee Tennessee, 92-81
Jan. 8, 2000 Connecticut Tennessee Connecticut, 74-67
April 2, 2000 Connecticut Tennessee* Connecticut, 71-52
Dec. 30, 2000 Connecticut Tennessee Connecticut, 81-76
UCONN AT NO. 2
*=Tennessee was tied for No. 2 with Georgia
When the Huskies are the second ranked team in the country they
own a 31-3 record with losses coming at Rutgers (74-70, 2/10/98), at
La. Tech (90-76, 1/18/99) and at Tennessee (92-88, 2/1/01). On its
home court, the Huskies have never been defeated when ranked
second with a 22-0 mark. UConn has met up with Notre Dame once
when the Huskies are runner-up in the polls. This contest came on
Feb. 21, 1998 with Connecticut earning a 73-61 victory.
BIG EAST- BIGTIME
This is the second time in the history of women's basketball, and
second time this season, that the No 1 and No. 2 teams in the
country are from BIG EAST schools. The only other time the BIG EAST
was No. 1 and No. 2 during the regular season in any sport was in
men's basketball when St. John's and Georgetown were No. 1 and
No. 2, respectively, for five weeks during 1984-85 and then flip-
flopped the sixth week. Also (AP polls), the BIG EAST is only the third
conference to ever have two different teams hold the No. 1 spot in
the same year, but it's the fifth time that it has happened. The SEC
has done it three times (TN, Auburn- 1987-88 and 1988-89, and TN,
Vanderbilt- 1992-93), while the ACC has done it once as well
(Virginia, Maryland- 1991-92).
THE IRISH FIVE
No member of the Notre Dame starting five is averaging less than
27.8 minutes a game and when it comes to conference games that
average gets higher at 29.4. For UConn, the story is much different as
playing time gets spread out with no one playing more than 26.9
minutes and 11 members of the team playing double-digit minutes.
A look at the nations top five teams shows that no other team relies
so heavily on its starting five. Aside from Duke's Georgia Schweitzer
who averages 32.1 minutes per game no other team has a player
reaching 30-or-more minutes. Two members of the Irish squad
average half an hour on the court and when it comes to
conference only games that number jumps to all but one of the
starting five. As a group the Irish starters are averaging 30 minutes
HUSKIES LOVE FIGHTING THE IRISH
Several members of the Husky squad have had great efforts against
Notre Dame, including career-bests.
Svetlana Abrosimova 25 pts, 7 reb 3/2/99
" " 11 pts, 15 reb 2/21/98
" " 23 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast, 6 stl 12/8/98
" " 20 pts, 14 reb, 6 stl 1/15/01
Swin Cash 15 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast* 12/8/98
Asjha Jones 21 pts*, 6 reb 3/2/99
Shea Ralph 19 pts, 6 reb, 10 ast* 3/2/99
" " 17 pts, 5 ast, 3 stl 2/26/00
Sue Bird 14 pts, 3 ast, 3 stl 2/26/00
17 pts, 6 ast 1/15/01
Kelly Schumacher 8 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 4 blk 2/26/00
Both Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw got their start on the
collegiate scene at St. Joseph's (Pa) and both were assistant
coaches under current Vanderbilt head coach, Jim Foster.
MORE COACHING CONNECTIONS
Although she never played against Connecticut during her
collegiate days, Notre Dame Assistant Coach Coquese Washington,
has played with and against former UConn greats. As a member of
the WNBA's New York Liberty in 1998 and 1999 she teamed with
Rebecca Lobo and then switched teams prior to last season to play
for the Houston Comets. With that move she joined UConn grad
Jennifer Rizzotti. Last season it was the Comets who defeated the
Liberty, 79-73, in overtime for the WNBA title.
As cited by the Notre Dame media guide, six members of the Irish
roster picked UConn to reach the Final Four, everyone on the team
believes they will be one of the other three teams in St. Louis.
THE REGULAR SEASON
UConn has an overall record of 227-76 in regular season BIG EAST
play. This is the third time the Huskies will share the regular season
title, but first time UConn is the No. 2 seed as the co-champ. UConn
shared the 1999 title with Rutgers (both 17-1), and shared the 1989
title with Providence (both 14-2). In both cases, UConn won the tie-
breakers due to head-to-head competition. This season, the Huskies
share a 15-1 BIG EAST record with Notre Dame, however, 2nd-ranked
Notre Dame is UConn's only conference loss on the season.
REGULAR SEASON NUMBERS
During UConn's run of eight consecutive BIG EAST regular season
titles, the Huskies post a record of 135-5. UConn has gone
undefeated in league play in three seasons (18-0 1994-95; 18-0 1996-
97; 16-0 1999-00), the most of any other team in the league. UConn
also holds the record for most consecutive winning seasons in the
league. Since 1986, the Huskies have been over .500 for the past 15-
straight seasons. The next closest is St. John's who posted six winning
seasons in a row from 1983-88.
THE SECOND SEED
The Huskies are now 4-1 overall as the second seed in the BIG EAST
Tournament. In 1991-92, UConn, one of three schools to finish the
season at 13-5, won a three-way tiebreaker with Georgetown and
Providence to earn the second seed in the tournament. UConn
went on to defeat Pittsburgh (86-50) and Georgetown (82-64) in the
quarterfinals and semis, but fell to the No. 1 seed Miami (18-0 during
regular season play) in the title game by a score of 56-47. That was
UConn's last loss in a championship game.
THE TOURNEY IN GAMPEL
This will be the seventh time overall UConn will serve host to the BIG
EAST Tournament. The Huskies are 18-2 in BIG EAST Tournament
games played in Gampel, and have claimed four of the seven titles.
UConn hosted the tournament in 1990 (runner-up), 1992 (runner-up),
1994 (champs), 1996 (champs), 1997 (champs), and 2000 (champs).
Rutgers will host the 2002 and 2003 championship.
UConn finished the regular season undefeated at home for the first
time since the 1997-98 season. It marked the sixth time the Huskies
have gone into tournament play undefeated on their home floor.
Through two games in the tournament, Connecticut has a home
record of 229-25 (208-21 in Gampel) under Geno Auriemma. He has
led UConn to 86 percent of the school's home court wins.
All-time, UConn is 168-15 in games played in Gampel Pavilion (not
including exhib.). Including the St. John's game, the Huskies are 86-5
in BIG EAST regular season games. In non-league regular season
games, UConn is 46-6. In BIG EAST Tournament games, UConn is 18-2,
and in NCAA Tournament games, the Huskies are 18-2. Since the
start of the 1993-94 season, UConn women's basketball is a stunning
122-3 overall at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.
46-STRAIGHT SELLOUTS IN GAMPEL
Since December 31,1997 (82-69 win over Rutgers), the Huskies have
had soldout attendances of 10,027 for 46-straight contests in
Gampel. UConn is hosting the BIG EAST tournament, which is also an
advanced sellout, and most likely will play the first and second
rounds at home as well.
STEP IT UP? NO SVET!
Now without the services of All-American Svetlana Abrosimova, the
graph below shows who is making the biggest move in terms of
averages over the last nine games from where they were prior to
Svet's injury to where they are now in the order to fill the void in the
categories that Abrosimova led the team in. So far, Ralph and
Johnson and have made the biggest impact with Taurasi coming on
stronger later and Colon doing her part (Bold shows increase in
First 19 Games Games Played in Since Injury
Points Steals Points Steals
Cash 12.2 1.2 13 0.6
Bird 9.6 2.2 9.0 1.6
Ralph 8.7 1.7 10.6 1.7
Johnson 4.4 1.3 8.6 2.4
Taurasi 9.8 1.1 12.1 2.0
Jones 8.6 1.1 8.2 0.8
Schumacher 5.8 0.3 6.5 0.4
Willams 10.8 1.4 6.8 1.4
Conlon 1.3 0.2 5.1 0.5
Valley 3.5 0.7 2.4 0.2
Rigby 2.6 0.2 3.8 0.1
Czel 1.1 0.3 1.4 0.3
HOME STREAKS STILL STANDING
UConn boasts an 84-game home winning streak (Gampel Pavilion
and Hartford Civic Center) against conference opponents. The
Huskies have not lost a BIG EAST game at home, regular or
postseason, since losing to Georgetown on 2/27/94 (64-62). The St.
John's game was UConn's 69th consecutive home regular season
BIG EAST win (Gampel and Civic Center). Overall, the Huskies are
currently riding a 24-game home winning streak (including HCC
games, not including exhibition games) dating back to the
Tennessee game of 1999-2000 (2/2/00). The Huskies have won their
last 18 games in Gampel (not exhib.) dating back to February 2, 2000.
2000 TOURNEY MEMORIES
HIGH SCORING HUSKIES
UConn's 44-point victory over St. John's in the championship game
of last seasons BIG EAST Tournament sat the record for the largest
point differential in the history of the tournament bettering the 40-
point defeat Notre Dame handed Georgetown (83-43) in the
semifinals during the 1997 season.
In last season's edition of the tournament, UConn's wins came by an
average margin of 29.6 points marking the largest in tourney history
and giving UConn the top seven places on the list. UConn also set a
new mark for largest margin of victory with a
BIRD ON TARGET
As Sue Bird combined to go 6-for-9 from behind the three point line
a season ago, her three-point field goal percentage, .667, tied that
of Lucie Fontanella (Providence, 1993) and Sheila McMillen (Notre
Dame, 1996) for the second best effort in a BIG EAST Tournament.
Every one of the 11 times Shea Ralph stepped to the free throw line
during the 2000 tournament she hit her shot tying her with Doreen
Ferguson (Providence, 1986) for the second best effort from the
charity stripe in tournament play in terms of free throw percentage.
Julie Mikuta (Georgetown, 1989) and Jeannie Hebert (Miami, 1992)
both connected on 12-of 12.
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
After giving the ball up on 69 occasions in 1998, UConn got things
heading in the right direction with only 51 turnovers in 2000. The 1998
total ranks as the highest among teams who have made only three
appearances in one tournament.
Following last season's BIG EAST Tournament, Tamika Williams was
awarded for her efforts in leading the Huskies to their ninth
championship as she was chosen as the tournament's Most
Outstanding Player. Scoring in double figures in each of the three
games and bumping her season total to 13 double-figure scoring
games, Williams ended up pacing the team in the scoring category
finishing with 40 (13.3 ppg). Twice in the three game span she led the
team in the department, which is something she had only done
twice all season. The graph below charts Williams' ability to step up in
big time games as it compares her averages coming into the
tournament to those during the tournament:
Pre-Tourn Tourn. Play
Points 8.4 13.3
Assists 0.6 1.0
Rebounds 2.8 4.0
Free throws 1.4 2.6
Steals 1.0 1.6
TOURNEY WIN STREAK
UConn currently holds the BIG EAST record for most consecutive
tournament games won with 23 (1994-present).
UConn capped an eighth consecutive conference regular season
in which they lost no more than one game, marking the 10th overall.
Over the eight-season stretch Geno Auriemma has guided the
Huskies to a league record of 141-4 (.972) with none of those losses
at home and the first of those being to Seton Hall (53-74, 1/5/94).
EIGHT 20 WIN SEASON
With UConn's victory over Boston College (2/11), the Huskies
reached 20 wins in each of the last eight seasons dating back to the
1992-93 squad (18-11).
EN ROUTE TO 30
With a win in its semifinal game, UConn is currently 9th on the all-time
list with most victories in a season (27). With up to seven games left
on the Connecticut schedule, the Huskies could move into a tie for
third with most wins (34) by winning the BIG EAST Tournament and
Here is an overall comparison of where the Huskies stand at the end
of the regular season as compared to the regular season stats from
UConn's two title seasons (1995, 2000). (Bold indicates category
1995 2000 2001
FG - FGA -% 889-1775/.501 901-1685/.535 884-1733/510
3FG- 3FGA - % 138-346/.399 153-367/.417 195-495/.394
FT-FTA - % 437-650/.672 439-616/.713 400-578/.692
OFF-DEF Reb 392-826 368-794 389-777
TOT Reb- Avg. 1363-52.4 1162-41.5 1166-43.2
PF-FO 405-6 482-4 503-10
Assists 589 581 606
Turnovers 465 537 472
Blocks 181 124 131
Steals 294 352 366
Pts.-Avg. 2353-90.5 2394-85.5 2363-87.5
RUNNING AWAY WITH IT
In UConn's last five games, runs have been the keys to wiping out
West Virginia, St. John's, Seton Hall, Boston College and Rutgers. The
Huskies got things started against the Mountaineers by holding them
scoreless for the opening nine minutes of play and by the time West
Virginia finally did get on board it was already 19-2. The runs in the St.
John's game would be even more impressive. A 20-0 run between
the 10:07 and 4:57 mark in the first half was a sign of things to come,
as the second half began with a 28-0 run that turned into a 46-2 run
in the first 15:31 of the second stanza. Combining the three runs
against the Red Storm, would give UConn a 66-4 run during 20:43 of
the contest. UConn used a 28-6 run from 16:58 to 4:26 in the first half
to steal the final game from Seton Hall. The Huskies poured on a 20-4
run in the first half (11:17-3:44) of the quarterfinals to knock Boston
College out of the tourney. Against Rutgers, it was over from the
start. The Huskies opened the game with a 26-3 run and never let the
Knights get closer than 20 all night long.
In nine of the last 10 games, no team has been able to manage
better than 36.5 percent from the field against UConn, while West
Virginia shot a season-low 19.2% (Last year, West Virginia held the
season of 12.7% on 2/3/00). In the first game against Villanova (2/4)
the Wildcats went 15-57, after that both Rutgers and Boston College
went 17-52, while Virginia Tech hit 13-55. In the last game, Villanova
managed just 11-42 from the field. West Virginia was 10-52 overall
and had just four field goals in the first half. Most recently, St. John's
was 17-of-52 versus UConn (31.5) and Seton Hall was 16-of-47 (34.0).
The lack of points for opposing teams starts with the top scorers.
Coming into the game with Connecticut, Rutgers had three players
averaging double-digits and none of those three got into double
figures. Overall, in the last nine games only six (Gottstein- BC, Williams-
VaTech, Juhline-Villanova, Kudryavtseva-WVA, Thompson- SJU,
Moreno- SHU) of 19 players who typically score 10 or more points
have neared their average. The only team who shot well against
UConn was Rutgers at 51.1%.
DEFENSE WINS GAMES
In nine of the last 10 games, UConn has held its opponents to under
55 points. Versus Villanova and Virginia Tech, the Huskies held
opponents to under 40 points in back-to-back games. The last time
the Huskies held back-to-back opponents to fewer than 40 was last
season versus West Virginia (35, 1/12/00) and Pittsburgh (36, 1/15/00).
This season, UConn held the Mountaineers to 34, St. John's to 44
points, and Seton Hall to 48. Rutgers was the only exception scoring
66 points in the BIG EAST semis.
With 94 points versus Rutgers, the team stays 9th on the school's all-
time list for points in a season. Currently, the Huskies have scored
2,553 passing the 1991-92 team which netted 2,336. The 1990-91
squad is eighth all-time-2,578. Furthermore, with 36 field goals on
Monday night, UConn is 9th on the all-time chart for most field goals in
a single season with 952. Unselfish play has also been a key to the
season as the Huskies moved into eighth in that category with 645
assists so far. The 1996-97 squad held the 8th place position with 596
assists- 1993-94 is 7th with 649.
MORE TALK OF D
So far this season, the UConn defense has kept 10 opponents under
50 points including seven of the last 10. The three exceptions being
Boston College, which netted 53 both times- on Feb. 11 and in the
quarterfinals of the BIG EAST, and Rutgers who got 66. Since UConn's
loss to Tennessee, Seton Hall became the eighth straight opponent
to be held to 53 points or less, the most consecutive under the
Auriemma era. Connecticut kept six straight opponents to 53 or less
points during the 1996-97 season, starting with Boston College on
11/24/96 and ending at Rhode Island on 12/9/96.
UCONN LOSES ABROSIMOVA FOR SEASON
Abrosimova underwent left foot surgery on Wednesday, Feb. 7, to
repair a torn ligament and will be sidelined for the remainder of the
2000-2001 college basketball season. Following the surgery,
Abrosimova will spend approximately six weeks in a walking boot.
The normal return to basketball for this type of injury is expected to
range in the five-to-six month span. Abrosimova concludes her four-
year career ranked No. 5 in career scoring with 1,865 points,
carrying a career scoring average of 14.7 ppg. She is No. 3 at UConn
in career steals (299), No. 5 in career assists (473), and No. 7 in
career rebounding (814).
Since the injury to Abrosimova, predicting Auriemma's starting five is
like trying to predict the weather in New England. Auriemma shook
the lineup a bit inserting three new starters against Villanova in the
first meeting, including two first-timers. Diana Taurasi and Kennitra
Johnson both made their first career starts in UConn's first meeting
versus the Wildcats. KJ had a solid game finishing with 13 points on 5-
of-8 shooting, and grabbing three steals, while Taurasi had seven
points, three assists and four rebounds in the affair. Williams made
her first start of the season versus 'Nova and had 10 points and eight
rebounds. With the recent injuries to Taurasi and Williams, UConn had
another new mix start the game versus West Virginia. Since the Tenn.
game, UConn has seen seven different starting lineups (including
senior night) in 10 games. The Huskies have won with all six lineups.
STEP IT UP? NO SVET!
Now without the services of All-American Svetlana Abrosimova, the
graph below shows who is making the biggest move in terms of
averages over the last nine games from where they were prior to
Svet's injury to where they are now in the order to fill the void in the
categories that Abrosimova led the team in. So far, Ralph, Johnson
and Taurasi have made the biggest impact with Taurasi and Conlon
both doing their part (Bold shows increase in production.)
First 19 Games Games Played in Since Injury
Points Steals Points Steals
Cash 12.2 1.2 12.2 0.6
Taurasi 9.8 1.1 11.4 1.7
Ralph 8.7 1.7 10.8 1.7
Johnson 4.4 1.3 9.2 2.5
Bird 9.6 2.2 9.0 1.6
Jones 8.6 1.1 7.5 0.8
Willams 10.8 1.4 7.0 1.6
Schumacher 5.8 0.3 6.3 0.4
Conlon 1.3 0.2 4.7 0.5
Rigby 2.6 0.2 3.6 0.0
Valley 3.5 0.7 1.8 0.2
Czel 1.1 0.3 1.5 0.3
YOUTH MAKES TOURNEY IMPACT
UConn's Diana Taurasi led the Huskies to their quarterfinal win with 22
points in 31 minutes of play and netted 17 in 26 minutes versus the
Scarlet Knights in the semis. The freshman played most of the second
half due to a back injury which sidelined point guard Sue Bird. The
Rookie of the Year, Rebekkah Brunson from Georgetown, combined
for 26 points in 66 minutes of action. Brunson also added 14 rebounds
in the two games.
THE DECIDING FACTOR
UConn won a piece of the regular season title thanks to Rutgers
shocking the Irish (2/17), 54-53. The win came just three days after
UConn had soundly defeated the Scarlet Knights, 70-45, in Storrs, CT.
The halftime lead appears to be the key to knocking off either
UConn or Notre Dame. ND and Tennessee had it when they
defeated the Huskies and the Irish were down at intermission for the
first time all season in their game against Rutgers. Also, in each one
of the three losses Connecticut and Notre Dame have combined
for, they have only hit 11 free throws in each game. UConn was 11-
33 against Notre Dame from the line on 1/15, however, that effort
increased greatly against Tennessee as the Huskies went 11-15 on
2/1. Notre Dame was 11-22 from the free throw line against Rutgers.
OUT WITH A BANG
In the last three seasons, including this year, UConn has finished
strong in their final games of the year. The Huskies clobbered
Providence in the last regular season game last year with a 102-68
win in Providence, and when the juniors were freshmen two seasons
ago, the Huskies dismantled Syracuse, 105-43 in Syracuse. UConn
ended the 2000-2001 with an 83-48 victory over the Pirates.
The Huskies shot an astounding 80.6% in the second half versus St.
John's (including 7-of-8 from three-point line), to end the game at
72.6% overall (45-of-62). UConn shot 71% versus Hampton in the first
round of the 2000 NCAA tournament. The NCAA record for single-
game field goal percentage with a minimum of 36 field goals made
is 73.7%- Florida Int'l vs. Canisius, Jan. 2, 1992 (42 of 57).
Versus Virginia Tech, UConn set a new school record for three
pointers made in a game with 14 trifectas. On the same note,
Virginia Tech was shutout from long range going 0-15. UConn has
shutout an opponent from behind the arc one other time this season
as Miami went 0-7 on December 5, 2000. UConn followed up the
Virginia Tech game with a repeat record-setting performance
nailing 14-of-28 threes against Rutgers. The Huskies finish the regular
season first in the conference in three-point field goals made (195),
second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.394) and
second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.246). The
Huskies are currently shooting .392 (209-533).
IT'S A TEAM THING
Despite leading the league in scoring offense (87.8 ppg) by an 11-
point margin (next is ND at 76.8), the Huskies do not boast a single
player in the top 15 in the league in scoring. Swin Cash is ranked 16th
averaging 12.2 ppg. Despite leading the league in field goal
percentage at .511 (916-1794), the Huskies do not have a single
player that even fits the BIG EAST criteria for the category, which
calls for a minimum of 5.0 made per game. Minimum aside, 12
players on the UConn roster are shooting better than the ninth-
ranked player in the category, and two players on the UConn roster
are shooting better than the leader Ruth Riley (185-291, .636). Tamika
Williams leads UConn in shooting hitting 77.4 percent of her shots
from the field (106-137). Of the top players, Cash is behind Williams
shooting .570 (127-223)- this would be second on the list, but she
averages only 4.5 field goals per game. Despite leading the league
in rebounding (43.0 rpg) and rebounding margin (+10.2), the Huskies
only have one rebounder in the league's top 20. Cash is fifth on the
list and is leading the team with 7.0 rpg. Despite leading the league
in steals (13.7 spg), UConn's leader in steals is tied for 10th (Sue Bird,
2.0 spg). Despite leading the nation with the most Naismith Player of
the Year finalists (Bird, Ralph and Abrosimova), the Huskies have only
had two BIG EAST Weekly Awards (Cash was Co-Player and Taurasi
Despite not having a single individual ranked in the national statistics
as of Monday (2/26), UConn is ranked in the Top 10 in seven different
team categories. The Huskies are No. 1 in scoring margin (33.6), No. 2
in scoring offense (87.7), No. 3 in field goal percentage (51.0), No. 4
in win-loss percentage (.923), No. 2 in field goal percentage defense
(33.8), No. 3 in rebound margin (10.2), and No. 3 in scoring defense
GIVING A HAND
The Husky offense, known for its scoring, is one of the most unselfish
teams in the country. UConn's assist to basket ratio is an astounding
67.7%. The Huskies average 22.2 apg. UConn had its worst assist effort
versus LaTech when the Huskies only helped out on 11 of 30 field
goals, but bounced back against Syracuse assisting on 24 of 30
hoops. UConn dished a season-high 33 assists versus Georgetown to
finish the game with 33 assists on 38 field goals (86.6%). UConn had 20
assists on 22 field goals in the first half alone (90.9%). Six different
players have led the Huskies in assists in 28 games this season. UConn
point guard Sue Bird is the team leader with 145 assists (5.2 apg),
and is followed by Shea Ralph who has dished 116 assists (4.0 apg) so
A FOUL AFFAIR
This season, UConn athletes have already fouled out over twice as
many times than they did all of last season combined (10 in 2001, 4 in
2000). A look at UConn's fouls shows the Huskies have had a difficult
time adjusting to the NCAA's point of emphasis this season of
cleaning up "rough play". UConn has been whistled for 541 fouls in
29 games an average of 18.6 per contest, up from 17.1 a year ago.
In both of UConn's losses this year, the Huskies have recorded 30-or-
more fouls. These were the only two times that Connecticut has
done so this season.
THE TENNESSEE CLUB
In the past five years, Tennessee is the only team in the country to
have beaten UConn more than once. Connecticut is one of three
teams (La. Tech and Georgia) to have defeated Tennessee multiple
times. The only teams to have defeated both UConn and Tennessee
in the last five seasons are La. Tech, Georgia and Old Dominion.
UConn's winning streak of 30 straight games which dated back to
February 2, 1999, was halted on Jan. 15 versus the Irish. The streak
moved UConn past Miami (Fla.) for eighth on the all-time list. Two
other Connecticut streaks also rank inside the top 10, a school best
35 straight from 1994-96 and 33 from 1996-97.
MORE STREAKS FALL
Notre Dame ended UConn's regular season BIG EAST winning streak
at 28 dating back to a 78-66 loss to Boston College in Chestnut Hill on
Jan. 23, 1999. Notre Dame also ended UConn's regular season
game winning streak on the road at 19 dating back to 2/13/99 when
they suffered an 82-77 loss at Old Dominion.
HEAD COACH GENO AURIEMMA
Head Coach Geno Auriemma is in his 16th season at the helm for
the Huskies. Entering the BIG EAST finals, he is 420-97 (.812) overall in
his career, and has two national championships at Connecticut
(1995, 2000). Auriemma is third among active Division I coaches in
winning percentage. He was also the first Division I coach (men or
women) in basketball history to earn five consecutive 30-plus
winning seasons. Auriemma has taken UConn to the 1995 and 2000
National Championship, four Final Four appearances, seven Elite
Eights and eight Sweet Sixteen games. During his tenure, the team
has also won 10 regular season BIG EAST titles and nine league
tournament championships, including the last seven consecutive
titles in each regular season and postseason.
THE BIG 400
When UConn defeated Illinois, it was the 400th career win for UConn
head coach Geno Auriemma. His record is currently 420-97 (.812).
Auriemma became the 30th coach in the history of the game to
eclipse the 400 win mark, having done it in just 16 seasons. He
became the second coach this season to go over 400 as Villanova
head coach Harry Perretta collected his 400th victory in a 60-55 win
over Temple. Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame became the third to
join the club this season with her 400th win over Miami on Tuesday
night. Auriemma and McGraw join Perretta and Rutgers' C. Vivian
Stringer to give the BIG EAST four current head coaches on the 400-
or-more win list.
Entering the BIG EAST semifinals, head coach Geno Auriemma is
currently the third winningest coach all-time by percentage. He
boasts a winning percentage of .812 (420-97). Pat Summit, whose
team is currently 28-2, is second at .834 (756-152) and the leader is
Leon Barmore of LaTech (27-4 so far this season) with a current clip
of .868 (548-82).
HUSKIES HANDLE ELITE TEAMS
After the Rutgers game, the Huskies are 44-11 overall versus ranked
opponents over the past five seasons and are 22-11 versus Top 10
opponents in that span. All-time, UConn is now 61-29 versus ranked
teams and 29-19 against Top 10-ranked teams. The Huskies finished
the 1999-2000 season 16-1 versus ranked opponents and an
astounding 10-1 vs. Top 10 foes. Four of the nine occasions that the
Huskies reached the century mark in 1999-2000 were against ranked
teams. UConn boasted an average margin of victory of 20.0 points
over ranked opponents (and a margin of defeat of 1.0 points).
A GOOD OMEN
Connecticut's victories over Louisiana Tech (Jan. 7) and
Tennessee (Dec. 30) marked only the second time in as
many seasons that the Huskies have beaten both teams in
the same season. Prior to the Huskies doing it last year, the
last team to beat both the Lady Techsters and Lady Vols in
the same year was Purdue, in 1998-99. The Boilermakers
went on to win the national championship as did the Huskies
CPTV- ALMOST AUTOMATIC
Through the BIG EAST quarterfinals, the Huskies post a 139-2
record when playing on CPTV. UConn's only two losses on
the network have been at Rutgers in 1998 (74-70) and at
Syracuse in 1996 (62-59). UConn's debut on CPTV came in
1993-94 when they picked up four games. The following
season, the network showed a total of 16 games en route to
UConn's 35-0 season. The 1995-96 season produced 18
games, 1996-97 showed 22 games, 1997-98 included 18
games, 1998-99 had 20 games and last season the Huskies
played 22 games on CPTV.
UConn's game versus Villanova in The Pavilion attracted a
record high women's basketball crowd of 6,229. The Conte
Forum was sold out (8,606) for a BC women's game the first
time this season when the Huskies came to town. The UConn-
Tennessee game drew 24,046 fans to Thompson-Boling
Arena, a season-high for a women's basketball game and
the fifth highest crowd ever at Boling Arena. UConn's game
versus Pittsburgh drew the largest crowd ever for a women's
game at the Fitzgerald Field House as 3,418 people came to
watch the game. The 11,418 fans that came out to the
Joyce Center on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, was the first
sellout crowd in the history of women's basketball at Notre
Dame. The 1,516 fans that packed the Knight Sports
Complex in Coral Gables was a sellout and the second
highest crowd in history at the Knight Complex. The 2,024 at
Syracuse was a season-high and the tenth highest crowd
number in Manley Field House history. The Huskies drew 6,098
fans to the opening night of the Key Bank Arena in Seattle,
WA., when UConn defeated UW, 90-63, setting a
precedence for women's games in the arena (the men
drew 6,313 the following night). UConn drew record crowds
on the road in four different arenas in 1999-2000.
Tennessee leads the nation in home attendances this
season averaging 16,659. Texas Tech is second averaging
12,770, while UConn is third averaging 12,306. Connecticut
and Tennessee hold the single season attendance record
when 24,406 fans showed up at Boling Arena in Knoxville to
see the top teams square off.
UCONN BASKETBALL --AN ADVANCE SELLOUT
Connecticut's entire 16-game home schedule (14 regular
season games, 2 exhibitions) in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
(10,027 capacity) and the Hartford Civic Center (16,294
capacity) is an advance sellout.
THE BENCH FACTOR
Overall, UConn's bench is outscoring opponent reserves by
a 966-501 margin. Williams is leading UConn off the bench
averaging 9.9 ppg, but made her first start of the season
versus Villanova. With Svetlana Abrosimova on the sideline
and Sue Bird recently injured, UConn's bench is a bit smaller
and the lineup fluctuates often. Only three times season has
the bench been outscored, the first was during the
December game against Miami (31-17), the second was on
Jan. 27 vs. Syracuse (28-26), and the third was versus Boston
College (21-20). BC freshman Janelle McManus hit for 20 of
the Eagles' 21 bench points. UConn's bench outscored
Georgetown reserves, 43-15 (one hoop shy of GU's total
offensive output), and the entire Providence team with a 60-
49 point effort. UConn's bench outscored the entire St.
John's team, 51-44.
COULDN'T HAVE BEEN SCRIPTED BETTER...
Despite the career-ending injury to Abrosimova, UConn's
senior night couldn't have been scripted better. The four
seniors that started each had a memorable game. The team
scored a season high 118 points, the second highest point
total in school history. Christine Rigby led all scorers with a
career high 21 points, while Marci Czel chipped in a career
high nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from behind the three-
point line. Shea Ralph finished with 19 points (7-of-9
shooting) and tied her season high in assists with seven,
while Kelly Schumacher had 12 points, a season high six
blocks and tied her season high of eight rebounds.
Before the first Villanova contest, All-American Shea Ralph
suffered through six games where she totalled 23 points (3.8
ppg), after averaging 12.1 ppg midway through the season.
During the six-game stretch, she shot 9-of-31 (.290) from the
floor and was 1-of-11 from behind the three-point arc.
Versus Villanova, the senior went 5-for-5 from the floor,
including 3-for-3 three-point shooting, to lead the team with
14 points. This was the fifth time in her career and third time
in the month of February that she had a perfect outing from
the field, three of the other four times came a season ago
with two of those coming in back-to-back games. The other
time came during the 1998-99 season.
Date Opponent FG-FGM 3FG-3FGM FT-FTA
1/2/99 West Virginia 8-8 1-1 3-4
11/26/99 Old Dominion 9-9 1-1 4-5
2/15/00 at St. John's 2-2 0-0 2-2
2/18/00 Syracuse 7-7 0-0 4-4
Shea followed up the Villanova game with a 13-point
performance versus Virginia Tech and 10 pts. versus Boston
College. It was the first time since Jan. 2 that Shea had back-
to-back-to-back double-figure games. The most double-
figure scoring games in a row she had this season was four
dating back to Dec. 10-Jan. 2. Last season, the All-American
had a string of 14-straight games in double-figures to open
the year. Shea broke her new streak against Rutgers scoring
only five points and was 1-for-8 against Villanova, despite
pulling down 10 rebounds. The senior got back in the game
with 16 points versus West Virginia, including nine rebounds,
and had 19 points on senior night along with tying a season
high seven assists. She finished her final regular season
game with 11 points and six assists and so far in the
postseason has 22 points, 12 assists, 12 rebounds and four
CASH- TONIGHT ON 20-20
In UConn's game against West Virginia on 2/20 Swin Cash
led the team with 20 points and 20 rebounds. Cash became
the 13th player in school history to record 20-or-more
rebounds in a game and the first to do it in five years. The
last time a Husky notched over 20 in both departments was
Nov. 19, 1995, when Kara Wolters scored 29 points and
grabbed 20 boards. Rebecca Lobo did it twice in the same
season and three times in her career with 24 points and 23
rebounds against Seton Hall (2/6/93). The next year she had
24 points and 20 rebounds against Georgetown (2/2/94) and
32 points and 21 rebounds against Boston College (2/16/94).
Before that, Renee Najarian had 26 points and 21 rebounds
against Drexel (11/28/87). The last time a Husky had above
20 rebounds, but was unable to reach 20 points was when
Peggy Walsh had 25 rebounds against Pittsburgh (2/19/86).
To her credit, she did tie the school rebounding record in
THE TAURASI FACTOR
Freshman sensation Diana Taurasi pumped in a career-high
24 points against No. 3 Tennessee on 9-of-16 shooting (6-of-9
from three-point) in only 27 minutes of play. The freshman
averages 10.5ppg (third highest on the team), 3.0 apg, 2.8
rpg and made her first career start versus Villanova. She is
56-of-133 (first in three-pointers made) from behind the arc
this season (.423). She leads the team in turnovers, however,
with 61 (2.2 topg), is second on the squad in fouls with 68
(including UConn's only player technical of the season for
unsportsmanlike conduct) and first in games fouled out with
UCONN'S DIAPER DANDY
Freshman sensation Diana Taurasi broke into the top ten list
for assists by a freshman and blocks by a freshman. She has
83 assists so far this season passing Laura Lishness at the 10th
spot with 75 assists as a freshman. Taurasi is tied for 7th on
the blocks list for freshmen with 23, with Paige Sauer and J.
Weideman who have 23 blocks apiece.
FRESHMEN LEAD WAY
When the UConn freshmen are mentioned, all consider
Diana Taurasi the leader of the pack. However, with Taurasi
out versus West Virginia, UConn's other two active freshmen
led the Huskies for the first time this season. Freshman Maria
Conlon netted a career-high 16 points on a team-leading
four three-pointers and 5-of-7 shooting. Freshman Morgan
Valley tied for the lead in assists with a career high five
assists on the night. Conlon followed up her season high
performance with nine points on three-of four shooting from
the three-point line versus St. John's.
SCHUEY'S BLOCK PARTY
With a season high six blocks against St. John's, senior Kelly
Schumacher moved into fourth on the all-time blocks list at
UConn. The center has 169 career blocks passing Peggy
Myers (162) for fourth place. Kara Wolters ('97) is third with
THE SCHUEY FITS
After sitting out six games due to a stress fracture in her
right foot, Kelly Schumacher got her first taste of action in
240 game minutes against Wake Forest. She scored a career-
high 20 points versus Pittsburgh on 9-of-11 shooting from the
floor and swatted four shots. She hadn't had a career-high
performance since her nine blocked shots versus Tennessee
in the 2000 NCAA title game. Schuey followed up the
Pittsburgh game with a 10-point performance against Miami
on 5-of-8 shooting. Only one other time in her career has
Schuey posted back-to-back double-figure scoring: her
freshman season versus MIami (10) and Maine (19). The
double-figure scoring streak ended against Syracuse when
she finished with only two points in 11 minutes, however, she
dropped off even more versus Tennessee with no points in
five minutes of action. In the three games prior to St. John's,
she had 10 points and 12 rebounds. On senior night, she
finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. In the
postseason she has 19 points in two games.
STEADY FLOW OF CASH
Swin Cash has been UConn's most explosive player on the
boards. The junior forward leads the team with 201 total
rebounds (6.9 rpg). Cash had her most impressive double-
double of the year and 11th career, with 20 points and 20
rebounds versus West Virginia (2/20). Cash opened the year
with her seventh career double-double over then-No. 3
Georgia and had the second of the season and eighth of
her career versus Miami with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Cash had her ninth career double-double, third of the year,
versus No. 8 LaTech with 14 rebounds and a game-high 19
points andhad her 10th career double-double (fourth of the
season) with 15 pts. and 10 rebounds versus Syracuse. The
forward is second in scoring averaging 12.4 ppg (behind
Abrosimova). She has reached double-figure scoring in a
team leading 22 of UConn's 29 contests. She led the team
with eight rebounds and had 14 points during her
homecoming at Pittsburgh.
AID FROM ASJHA
Asjha Jones started her first game of the regular season,
and first since her freshman year, against Pepperdine on
Nov. 21, and was reinserted into the starting five versus
Rutgers. She is averaging 8.4 ppg for UConn. She has
already recorded a career-high of five assists versus
Washington, and a career-high five steals versus Holy Cross.
She led UConn in scoring over Villanova with 14, making her
the sixth different player to lead (or tie) the team in scoring.
Jones was held scoreless twice this season, most recently
against Boston College where she finished 0-for-7, and she
played a total of six minutes against Tennessee with no
points and fouled out of the contest. Only one other time in
her career did she play less than six minutes which was
freshman season versus Villanova (1/22) when she saw
action in only two minutes.
WILLIAMS BACK ON THE MARK
The junior forward led the league last season with a .714 clip
(115-161) and is currently shooting 109-of-141 in 29 games
(.773) to lead the team. Williams scored a season high 23
points versus Tennessee on 10-of-13 shooting in 33 minutes of
play. She has been perfect from the floor in seven games
this season, including a 7-for-7 performance against
Pepperdine, and most recently was 5-of-5 versus St. John's
and 5-of-5 versus Boston College in the BIG EAST
quarterfinals. She made her first start of the season versus
Villanova (2/18) and collected 10 points and eight
rebounds. Since that start, however, and in the three games
prior to St. John's, the forward has scored a combined eight
points, including none versus VaTech, and nine total
rebounds. She is 4-for-8 in the last three games before St.
John's and sat out versus Villanova with a bruised rib.
Against St. John's the junior scored 13 points (perfect 5-of-5
from the floor) and grabbed six rebounds. She capped the
season with her ninth career double-double, second of the
season, versus Seton Hall with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Senior Christine Rigby broke a string of 14-straight free
throws versus West Virginia when she was 1-for-2 from the
line in the last five minutes of play. Rigby scored a career
high 21 points versus St. John's when she made her first
career start on senior night. The senior was 8-of-12 from the
field and finished 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Overall,
she is 29-37 (.784) for her career from the stripe.
ABROSIMOVA AND SHEA STILL CLIMBING
Entering the BIG EAST finals, Svetlana Abrosimova (1,865) is
currently ranked No. 5 in UConn's all-time career scoring
list- 268 points behind No. 4 Rebecca Lobo (2,133). Shea
Ralph (1,667) uprooted Wendy Davis at No. 6 who had 1,552
career points, and now trails injured teammate Svetlana
HERE IS THE UCONN ALL-TIME TOP TEN SCORERS UP-TO-DATE:
1. Nykesha Sales 2,178
2. Kerry Bascom 2,177
3. Kara Wolters 2,141
4. Rebecca Lobo 2,133
5. Svetlana Abrosimova 1,865
6. Shea Ralph 1,667
7. Wendy Davis 1,552
8. Jennifer Rizzotti 1,540
9. Cathy Bochain 1,534
10. Peggy Walsh 1,413
ADD WILLIAMS TO LIST- 9 POINTS TO 1,000
With six points versus Rutgers, Tamika Williams moves closer to the 18th spot on the all-time scoring list and
1,000 points with 991 career points. She is currently at 19 and is chasing Amy Duran ('99) who has 1,000 points
at No. 18. She would become the 19th player in UConn history to record 1,000 career points. Williams is the
third current player whose name appears on the list. Svetlana Abrosimova (fifth) and Shea Ralph (sixth)
are the other two.
2001 BIG EAST HONORS
Senior Svetlana Abrosimova and junior Sue Bird were named to the First Team All-BIG EAST, while junior
Swin Cash and senior Shea Ralph earned Second Team honors. Freshman Diana Taurasi was an All-
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS
Junior Swin Cash earned Co-Player of the Week honors this week after her 20-20 performance versus
West Virginia. The forward shared the honor with Becky Gottstein from Boston College. Diana Taurasi is
the only other UConn player to have received a weekly honor this season- she was Co-Rookie of the
Freshman sensation Diana Taurasi was honored by her high school, Don Lugo, in Chino, CA, last Thursday,
Feb. 9, when her high school jersey, #23, was retired. Hers was the first ever women's basketball jersey to be
retired at Don Lugo.
ABROSIMOVA, RALPH EARN MORE ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Seniors Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph received recognition as All-Americans by Sports Illustrated
for Women. Svet was a first teamer, while Shea Ralph was on the second team.
ABROSIMOVA, RALPH, BIRD, AURIEMMA-NAISMITH HONOREES
The University of Connecticut boasts three finalists, the most of any other school, for the 2000-2001 Naismith
Female Collegiate Player of the Year. Svetlana Abrosimova, Shea Ralph and Sue Bird are among the 15
finalists. Ruth Riley from Notre Dame is the fourth player representing the BIG EAST. Overall, the BIG EAST
has a total of eight players up for Naismith honors (including men's players), the most of any other
conference. Geno Auriemma is also one of 20 coaching finalists for the 2001 Naismith Coach of the
ABROSIMOVA, RALPH EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Seniors Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph received recognition as preseason First-Team All-America
members by The Associated Press. Abrosimova and Ralph are the fourth pair of teammates, second
from Connecticut, to make the preseason team since it started in 1994, following Catchings and
Semeka Randall last season, Catchings and Holdsclaw in 1998 and Connecticut's Jennifer Rizzotti and
Kara Wolters in 1995.
On Monday, Jan. 29, head coach Geno Auriemma was honored at the Philadelphia Sports Writer's
Association's 97th annual dinner for the 2000 Performance of the Year. He is accepting the honor on
behalf of the 2000 National Championship team.
UCONN AND THE ESPYS
The University of Connecticut 1999-2000 women's basketball team was nominated for an ESPY for
College Team of the Year, while Shea Ralph earned a nomination for College Women's Basketball
Player of the Year. (Winners were- Catchings for College Basketball Player of the Year, and the
Oklahoma Sooners football team for College Team of the Year). Past UConn ESPY winners include
Rebecca Lobo as 1995 Female Athlete of the Year and 1995 College Women's Hoop Player of the Year.
The 1995 undefeated National Championship Team (35-0) earned the College Team of the Year ESPY.
UCONN VERSUS THE FIELD
Of the 23 scheduled teams UConn will face this year, none hold a winning record against the Huskies.
With UConn's win over Georgia, the Huskies moved to 2-1 in that series. The LaTech series was tied at two
wins apiece until the Huskies defeated the Lady Techsters to go one game up.
RANKED FROM THE START
Since 1990-91, the Huskies have been ranked nationally at the start of the season. UConn earned the AP
No. 1 spot at the beginning of the 1995-96 season, the 1999-2000 season and at the start of this season.
UConn's lowest preseason ranking over the last 10 years was No. 24 by the AP in 1990-91. Since an AP
ranking of No. 4 to start 1994-95, the Huskies have not opened the year lower than No. 6 (1997-98).
ANOTHER FIRST FOR THE HUSKIES
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team will have another 'first' to talk about this year.
Every single regular season UConn game will be televised during the 2000-2001 season. That's more
television coverage received than any other women's team in the nation, ever. Along with the national
games telecast by Fox, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS, UConn will have the rest of the games in the 2000-2001
season televised by Connecticut Public Television. CPTV has been covering the UConn women's
program since the 1993-94 season. During the past six years, 106 UConn games have been televised
regionally by CPTV. WTIC Radio will broadcast all the women's basketball games for the 2000-2001
season as well.
LIFE BEFORE 1995
With a win versus Pittsburgh, the University of Connecticut won the 500th game in the history of the
program giving the school a record of 500-258, currently 511-259. The majority of the wins have come in
the Geno Auriemma era, 418-97. The other 92 wins came under Jean Balthaser (52), Wanda Flora (38) and
Sandra Hamm (2).
With UConn's wins over Old Dominion and Villanova, the Huskies haven't suffered two consecutive losses
since 1993, when UConn fell to Providence (87-73) in the BIG EAST semifinals and then suffered a 74-71 loss in
the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
DOG DAYS AT UCONN
The night the UConn women suffered their first loss in 30 games, the UConn men also dropped a
heartbreaker in Austin, TX. The No. 15 UConn men fell, 60-56, against Texas on Monday night, marking the
first time since 1993 that both squads had lost on the same day. On March 7, 1993, the UConn men
suffered a 70-56 loss at Georgetown, while the women fell in the semifinals of the BIG EAST, 87-73, versus
INJURY UPDATES AND MISSED GAMES
Senior Svetlana Abrosimova suffered a torn ligament in her left foot
during the Tennessee game (2/1). She had surgery on Feb. 7 will be
sidelined in a boot for the remainder of the season. Freshman
forward Ashley Battle tore the UCL (Ulnar Collateral Ligament) in her
left elbow versus Miami (12/5). She had surgery on Dec. 8, to repair
the ligament. Battle has decided to apply for a medical hardship to
regain her freshman eligibility. Senior Kelly Schumacher missed six
games (11/21-12/10) due to a stress fracture in her right foot.
Freshman Morgan Valley is back in action after having arthroscopic
surgery on her left knee to repair torn cartilage. She missed three
games due to the injury (12/22-1/2). Freshman Maria Conlon missed
eight games (12/22-1/18) due to mononucleosis. Tamika Williams
suffered a bruised rib in practice on 2/17 and is back in the lineup
after sitting out two contests (2/18-2/20). Diana Taurasi sprained her
right ankle versus Villanova (2/18) and is also back in the lineup after
having missed one contest. Sue Bird went down late in the first half
versus BC in the quarterfinals, and is suffering from back spasms. She
is listed as day-to-day and will be a game-time decision.