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STORRS, Conn. – South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and UConn’s Geno Auriemma are quick to point out that tonight’s game between the top two programs in women’s basketball won’t decide the national championship. But a win would validate the Gamecocks’ No. 1 ranking, and a loss would put the defending national champions back in the pole position, with no major challenges left for the Huskies before the postseason.
UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma can record his 900th career win tonight when his second-ranked Huskies play host to Cincinnati. The victory, in his 30th season, would tie him with former Texas coach Jody Conradt for fifth place on the all-time list, 198 wins behind former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. Conradt, who coached for 38 years, says Auriemma has become the gold standard and his legacy will be about the number of championships he wins, not the number of games. Associated Press
STANFORD, Calif. – Tara VanDerveer took a quick scan of her roster suddenly devoid of a star Ogwumike sister and came to a realization: After Stanford’s latest Final Four run last spring, she would have to move away from the tried-and-true triangle offense the Cardinal ran for years. The shift didn’t come naturally for the Hall of Fame coach, who saw no choice with the departure of Pac-12 Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike to the WNBA to join big sister and fellow former No. 1 pick, Nneka.
STORRS, Conn. – The NCAA has determined that UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma committed a secondary rules violation when he made a phone call congratulating Little League pitching star Mo’ne Davis last month, the school announced Thursday. UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said the school accepts the decision but does not agree with it.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Coaches and players left them. Others told them to go away. The guys who stuck around at UConn ended up with the last laugh and a pretty good prize to go with it: The national title.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma were well aware of the talk. There has been a buzz throughout women’s basketball all season about the potential showdown between their undefeated teams. Well, the wait is over. Auriemma and UConn (39-0) and McGraw and Notre Dame (37-0) are set to meet in an unprecedented championship clash tonight.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Connecticut and Kentucky couldn’t have met in last year’s championship game and few people gave them a chance to be in this year’s. Seventh-seeded Connecticut and eighth-seeded Kentucky meet Monday night in one of the unlikeliest NCAA championship games ever.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – All the talk of Stanford feeling like a junior varsity team crashing the Final Four or being an extra at the beauty pageant is just rhetoric to UConn coach Geno Auriemma. Motivational chatter he says no team here needs since each has won a championship. Auriemma noted Saturday he’s never won any pageant.
ARLINGTON, Texas – The last time Florida lost there were still 23 shopping days until Christmas. The Gators have won every game since that loss on Dec. 2 at Connecticut. The teams meet again today in the Final Four.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The women’s basketball Final Four features Hall of Fame coaches, star players, fabulous freshmen and of course for the first time ever – two undefeated teams. Welcome to Music City, UConn, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Maryland.
NEW YORK – Shabazz Napier owed UConn. He could have transferred when academic sanctions barred the Huskies from the NCAA tournament his junior season. But the guard wanted to pay back the school for the joy of a national title his freshman year, for his struggles as a sophomore.
NEW YORK – Michigan State guard Keith Appling drove the lane one day in practice and flipped a lob to Branden Dawson as he had many times before. “He didn’t go get it,” Appling recalled Saturday. “It wasn’t that it was a bad pass or bad timing. We weren’t used to doing it. I had been out for so long, and he had been out for so long.”
WACO, Texas – Odyssey Sims has never lost a home game with Baylor, which has a 69-game home winning streak spanning the career of the All-American senior guard. That current nation’s best streak gets a significant test when the No. 7 Lady Bears (14-1) host top-ranked Connecticut (17-0) tonight.
NEW ORLEANS – Geno Auriemma has never lost an NCAA women’s basketball championship game. Of course, his UConn Huskies haven’t had to face a team like upstart Louisville, which has made unprecedented run to tonight’s title game. A victory would be UConn’s eighth championship, matching it with Tennessee for the most women’s titles.
The Idaho women’s basketball team will enter the 2013-14 season as one of the teams to watch in the WAC, with all five starters returning from the conference tournament champions. Vandals coach Jon Newlee shouldn’t worry about overconfidence, though. No. 3 Connecticut helped with that Saturday.
STORRS, Conn. – After cashing in during a whirlwind weekend in Las Vegas, the Idaho women’s basketball team has taken a much longer trip to a house which will be virtually impossible to beat. The WAC tournament champion Vandals make their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985 today at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) against No. 3-ranked Connecticut (29-4), the seven-time national champions, on ESPN2.
STORRS, Conn. – Skylar Diggins and Notre Dame just seem to have Connecticut’s number. The Irish have turned one of the best rivalries in women’s basketball into a one-sided affair lately, winning five of the past six meetings.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Geno Auriemma wasn’t ready to heap praise on freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis just yet. She matched her career high with 25 points and Bria Hartley added 19 to help No. 2 Connecticut beat third-ranked Stanford 68-58 in women’s basketball on Monday night.
INDIANAPOLIS — It’s not often Maya Moore meets her match. Skylar Diggins was up to the task, and Notre Dame will play for a national championship because of it. The sensational sophomore guard scored 28 points and hot-shooting Notre Dame upset UConn 72-63 on Sunday night, ending the brilliant career of Moore and the Huskies’ quest for a third straight national championship.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In her middle-school days, Skylar Diggins often was too young to get into the parties she wanted to attend. She found her way around that by becoming a disc jockey – she started at 12 and has been doing it ever since. Notre Dame’s star point guard has approached her musical interests the same way she attacks opponents.