The defense by UConn and nonexistent shooting by SMU crushed the Mustangs. UConn led 47-9 at the halftime The Huskies then scored the first 27 points over 12:20 to take a 74-9 lead in the second half. Final score: 87-28.
The UConn men’s and women’s NCAA Championship basketball teams were honored by President Barack Obama at the White House Monday afternoon in the East Room packed with invited guests and media. It was the second time since 2004 that both teams were honored for dual championships.
“It is just a remarkable thing what these two programs have accomplished,” Obama said. “The women were a perfect 40-0 and won their games by an average of 34 points. There was not a lot of suspense. Now, I did not pick the men’s team to win. But neither did anybody else, unless they went to UConn. Tell the truth,” he said, raising his hand, prodding UConn alumni in the crowd to show themselves.
After the 20-minute ceremony, during which UConn players presented Obama with UConn jerseys, and Stefanie Dolson lost her balance and fell of the riser – she was unhurt as she landed on her feet – a few team members and coaches Auriemma and Ollie proceeded to the White House lawn for a press conference.
To read Dom Amore’s story about UConn’s visit, click here.
After the game, UConn senior guard, Shabazz Napier, explained to the crowd at AT&T Stadium in Dallas Texas how UConn defeated the odds, and some of the country’s highest ranked teams, to win their fourth national title. They were hungry. They were the “Hungry Huskies.” UConn left it all on the floor as they beat an extremely talented Kentucky team by a score of 60 to 53.
Click here to read Dom Amore game story and click here to read his story about how this championship will be a goldmine for recruiting, and a new contract for the coach. Click here to read Jeff Jacobs column on how the Huskies won the championship by climbing one step at a time.
On Monday afternoon UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said “There’s no matchup for Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd. I don’t think anybody in the country has figured out how to guard those two. And I’m not sure we’re going to be able to guard them either.” Maryland thought they had a plan but Notre Dame dispatched them easily with an 87-61 victory. Now two undefeated teams will compete for the national championship Tuesday night. For Lori Riley’s story on the rivalry click here:
Notre Dame and UConn did not play each other this year and the rivalry has become more intense over the years so Tuesday nights game should be a beauty. For more photos of how the two teams reached the final click here:
The game ended much differently than it started. Midway through the first period, UConn was down by twelve points, 16 to 4. But after a called timeout UConn roared back to score 11 unanswered points, which saw DeAndrea Daniels hit the three-point- shots. When UConn ended the first half with a three point lead, the tide had turned, and the Huskies had the waves at their back the rest of the way. UConn defeated the Florida Gators Saturday night to advance the the NCAA Division I Championship game against Kentucky Monday.
Click here to read Dom Amore’s game story. Click here to read Paul Doyle’s story on Shabazz Napier, the kid from Roxbury. Click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ column about UConn being one game away from redemption. Click here for Dom Amore story on UConn brimming with confidence.
With a decisive 69-54 win over the Texas A&M Aggies in their NCAA Elite 8 game at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Lincoln Regional Monday night, the UConn women’s basketball team (38-0) is two games away from a perfect season. A win over Stanford in the national semi-final in Nashville Sunday night would send them to an expected – well, at least hoped for – championship showdown with the only other undefeated team – the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. On the eve of the Huskies pursuit of a record ninth national championship, here is a look back at their Elite 8 victory in Lincoln, Nebraska. Click here to read John Altavilla’s game story. Click here to read Lori Riley’s preview story on UConn’s semi-final game against Stanford.
The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team continued their tradition of creating remarkable memories for Connecticut fans on the wooden planks of the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” They started off strong against the powerful Michigan State University Spartans, but finished even stronger. In between, however, they created a little drama by falling behind by as many as nine points in the second half. But when the final buzzer sounded, the Huskies ended up defeating the Spartans by a score of 60 to 54 in the NCAA Division I East Regional at Madison Garden in New York. They will now travel to Dallas Texas to play in the Final Four.
Shabazz Napier led the Huskies in points, 25, and bloody nose’s, 1, as UConn fought hard in front of a Connecticut friendly crowd. Former UConn players from past Championships were in the audience.
The UConn women defeated the BYU Cougars, 70-51, before a packed house at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, in an NCAA Sweet 16 game in the Lincoln Regional. Stefanie Dolson was given the assignment to guard BYU’s 6’7″ center, Jennifer Hamson. After a tight first half, with eight lead changes and three ties, and UConn only up by one point at the half, the Huskies came out swinging in the second half, pulling away to win it and advance to the Elite 8. They will play the Texas A&M Aggies as they continue their journey toward the Final Four and a record ninth national championship. Read John Altavilla’s game story here.
The University of Connecticut Huskies added to their long string of impressive victories in “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” with a hard fought victory over the Iowa State Cyclones by a score of 81 to 76, on their way through the NCCA’s Division One tournament. By winning the game, UConn left the Sweet Sixteen and embraced the Great Eight, and a chance to battle Michigan State for a trip to the Final Four.
For further coverage, please click here to read the game story by Dom Amore, click here, to read Paul Doyle’s story, and click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ column. And please click here, or the link below, to see more photos from the game made by myself, and Courant colleague Brad Horrigan.
The University of Connecticut didn’t play bad, they just ran into a very hot Louisville team. UConn was able to slow Louisville’s offense by with their own good defense, but Louisville’s defense was stifling at times. Especially in the closing seconds of the first half, which saw them score five quick points, the last basket off a steal. UConn lost to the University of Louisville Cardinals in the championship game of the American Athletic Conference at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. Saturday night by a score of 71 to 61.
Click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ story on why Louisville is the team no one wants to play in the NCAA tournament.
After winning 18 Big East titles, the UConn women steamrolled their way through the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship tournament this past weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena with three decisive wins in as many days, going 34-0 on the season. They defeated Cincinnati 72-42, Rutgers 83-57, and Louisville 72-52. To read John Altavilla’s tournament wrap-up, click here. UConn will enter the upcoming NCAA tournament as an undefeated top seed in their pursuit of a ninth national title.
On Saturday, UConn All Americans and fan favorites Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley were honored at Senior Day ceremonies before a packed house at Gampel Pavilion on the Storrs campus. Each player was escorted into the arena by their parents to thunderous applause and cheering by the faithful fans and students. Hartley, grinning from ear to ear, hoisted her framed jersey as she enjoyed the adulation at the close of her stellar UConn career. Dolson, ever the cut-up, came out dancing in her inimitable style to the roar of her adoring fans. Then the two got to work: Hartley scored 20 points and Dolson surpassed the 1,000 rebound mark in UConn’s 72-35 trouncing of Rutgers. They made it look easy, as usual, in their final regular season home game under the dome. (They will play again in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament starting the weekend of March 22 at Gampel.) To read about their final home game, see John Altavilla’s story here.
Xavier High School’s gymnasium was filled Tuesday night, as many in the crowd came to see Fairfield Prep’s big man. The Jesuits Senior 7-foot center, Paschal Chukwu, did not disappoint, with a couple of monster dunks, some blocked shots, and in general, creating a traffic jam under the Xavier basket. Fairfield Prep, won the game by a score of 78 to 63.
On the eve of a forecast winter storm, the University of Connecticut Women’s basketball team created their own weather pattern inside Gampel Pavilion. The winds started suddenly at the tip off, and only picked up speed from there. The total team effort saw five players score in double digits, and led by Stefanie Dolson, they had a combined 14 blocked shots. The game was a college women’s version of this years Super Bowl.
For a better understanding of the game, please read John Altavilla’s game story by clicking here!
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will play for the NFL Championship at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, February, 2, 2014. The week leading up to big game turns into a media circus and for the football fan the NFL has created the largest “Fan Festival” by blocking off over a dozen city blocks in Times Square with a variety of events. I will try give a glimpse of the things I encounter along the way with a series of Instagram photos.
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Behind a strong second half performance by Shabazz Napier, the Huskies held on for victory in New Jersey Saturday night. Up by five points at the half, UConn gave up their advantage early in the second half. After a slow start, Napier heated up late to help the Huskies regain the lead and finish as high scorer with 26 points.
— Piscataway, NJ 01/25/14 – UConn’s Shabazz Napier gets a shot off in the second half against Rutgers at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | firstname.lastname@example.org
It wasn’t just a win, it was a big win. It was a victory road win in an unfriendly arena over the nationally ranked Memphis Tigers. This victory meant much more than one just one more mark in the win column, it seemed to send a message that this team is the real deal. DeAndre Daniels scored 18 of his game high 23 points in the second half to lead the way, and Shabazz Napier contributed 17 points, 10 assists, and gritty determination in the closing minutes to seal the win. And for Ryan Boatright, the win must have helped in briefly taking his mind of the loss of a close cousin, who was killed Monday night. The letters “AW,” for Arin Williams, were written on his left cheek for the game, as he played with little sleep. But he played hard, and he played aggressive.
Click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ column on Ryan Boatright.
And click here to read Dom Amore’s game story on the UConn win.
UConn took on the Temple Owls at Webster Bank Arena Saturday afternoon. Bria Hartley led all scorers with 19 points and Kiah Stokes pulled down 18 rebounds. The Huskies improved to 17-0 before heading to Texas for Monday’s game against Baylor.
– Bridgeport, CT – 01/11/14 – UConn’s Breanna Stewart battles Temple’s Natasha Thames for a loose ball during the first half of Saturday’s contest at Webster Bank Arena. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | email@example.com
The temperature outside was 5 degrees, but the UConn woman created their own heat early in the game and beat the University of Houston Cougars by a score of 90 to 40. The starters sat for long portions of the game or the score would have been even more lopsided. The game was remarkable in that the women had a total of 17 blocked shots, tying a school record. Read John Altavilla’s game story here.
The UConn women’s basketball team added another game to the win column when they visited the University of Central Florida Knights at UCF Arena in Orlando, Florida, on New Years Day. In UConn’s second game playing in the new American Athletic Conference, they moved into the Knight’s house, with a large Husky fan section in tow, and rolled to a 77-49 victory. Stefanie Dolson rang in the new year with a 25 point, 12 rebound performance. Read John Altavilla’s game story here.
It was a close game throughout, even though the East Hartford boys basketball Eagles led for most of the game. But the East High School Hornets found a way to tie the game at the end of regulation and send it into overtime. The Eagles eventually went on to regain the lead in overtime and win by a score of 87 to 79, in a battle between two strong neighboring town basketball teams. Both teams hit big baskets when needed, and tempers flew and technical fouls were doled out in the fourth period.
Offensively the UConn women started off slowly in the first half of their matchup with California at Madison Square Garden Sunday. But as the game wore on, the Huskies proved to be far superior to their west coast adversaries. Breanna Stewart led the way with 29 points (in only 27 minutes) and 10 rebounds.
New York, NY – 12/22/13 – UConn players, left to right: Brianna Banks, Bria Hartley, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson celebrate on the bench after a basket by Tierney Lawlor (not pictured) against California in the Maggie Dixon Classic Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | firstname.lastname@example.org