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It’s a fun time in women’s basketball with Spokane on the edge of the excitement, three months before two weekends of the NCAA Tournament is going to be here.
The UConn juggernaut continues to roll … winning its 88th straight on Tuesday, led by Maya Moore, who squared off against the Spokane Stars several times a few summers back.
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer is likely to win her 800th game tonight … and mentioned one of the memorable wins came in Spokane.
U-Hi grad Angie Bjorklund could become Tennessee’s all-time leader in 3-pointers tonight … she’s four short of the record.
And Gonzaga (and Claire Rapp in the Colin Mulvany photo above) is finding its form … rolling feature league rival BYU 91-64 on Tuesday. As junior forward Kelly Bowen said, “I think we’re nearly there. Coach said that’s the best he’s seen us play. … If we’re not there right now, we’re pretty close.”
Stuck in Seattle because of the latest round of storms, so we’ll get the day after Connecticut post up.
Connecticut raced out to leads of 13-2, 24-13 and 33-23 before Gonzaga roared back to move in front, 37-36, late in the first half. A.J. Price’s two free throws with 4.1 seconds left that gave UConn a 38-37 edge at halftime in the Battle in Seattle.
Steven Gray came off the bench to score 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting (he had 15 on the stat monitor when I began writing this, but it’s been changed). He was also GU’s top rebounder with four, but the second-ranked Huskies had the upperhand on that statistic 18-14. Jeremy Pargo added 10 points. Micah Downs, Josh Heytvelt and Austin Daye each had two fouls.
UConn center Hasheem Thabeet (6 points, 1 rebound) also sat with two fouls. Reserve post Gavin Edwards gave the Huskies a boost with six points and six rebounds. Price topped Connecticut with eight points and five of his teammates had at least four points.