A Look At Baylor-UConn

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No. 1 BAYLOR at No. 3 UCONN

Site: XL CENTER

Time:  Monday, 9 p.m.

TV: ESPN2 (Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo)

Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)

Series history: UConn, 2-1

Last meeting: Baylor, 66-61, Dec. 18, 2011

Streaks:  Baylor W22, UConn W12

BAYLOR (24-1)

42 BRITTANY GRINER, C, 6-8, Sr., 22.0 – Reigning national player of the year has 96 blocked shots

0 ODYSSEY SIMS, G, 5-9, Jr., 12.4 – Leads team with 56 three-point attempts

32 BROOKLYN POPE, F, 6-1, Sr., 11.1 – Transfer from Rutgers, shooting 56.1 from field

10 DESTINY WILLIAMS, F, 6-1, Sr., 8.0 – Averaging 6.9 rebounds and 20.2 minutes

1 KIMETRIA HAYDEN, G, 5-8, Sr., 7.5 – Has 113 assists, 35 steals, 46 turnovers

3 JORDAN MADDEN, G, 6-0, Sr., 8.5 – Shooting 39.1 percent from three

2 NIYA JOHNSON, G, 5-8, Fr.,  1.8 – Four starts, 72 assists, 20 steals

UCONN (24-1)

5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 4.0 – Of her 99 shots, 72 have been 3-pointers

14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 9.1 – Played just 4 minutes at Rutgers

31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 14.2 – Leads nation in field goal percentage (62.7)

34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 10.5 – Has 102 assists, 65 steals, 41 turnovers

23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, So., 16.6 – Has made 74 three-pointers (49.3 percent)

30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-3, Fr., 13.2 – Shooting just 26.9 percent from three-point range

4 MORIAH JEFFERSON, G, 5-7, Fr., 4.2 – Career-high 30 minutes at Rutgers

What to look for

The Great Griner

Watching Baylor’s center is like watching someone you’ve never seen before in college sports. Think Alcindor in the men’s game. She is a phenomenon, a defensive force, and the likely No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft

The Freshmen

Tuck, Stewart and Jefferson are going to play major roles in this game, at some point, as Hartley did when she basically won the game the last time Baylor played here two seasons ago.

Defending the perimeter

UConn has attempted twice as many three-pointers this season (584-237) than Baylor. Does anyone need to question why that might be?

National seeding

If UConn wins, and then can beat Notre Dame in March in South Bend, you may be looking at the nation’s top-seeded team in the NCAA Tournament. And that means the Huskies may not have to deal with either Baylor or ND in a possible national semifinal.

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5 thoughts on “A Look At Baylor-UConn

  1. Master Mind

    John, I beg to differ, Tuck and Jefferson shall play minor roles in this game. Stewart may or may not play any role in this game. I see the starting five as having the big role on the big stage.
    It would be nice if Stewart came out of her funk and start playing as we all know she can.
    Stokes and Buck may play roles containing Griner and Williams for a very very short time.
    Sims, pope and Williams are to be stopped to beat Baylor.

  2. Griners Greatest

    Geno will tell UConn to pass the ball around the arc as quickly as possible and jack up the first open 3. Expect 35 to 40 three point attempts. UConn wins if they hit 60% of 3s. Otherwise Baylor wins easily. Griner will posterize Dolson.

    1. JD293943

      You’re a complete moron. This is about the lineups. and look if you are not gonna be classy , why even come here? Moron. Should be a good game and looking forward to the game tomorrow.

  3. Big Jim

    After my “expected” succesful prediction about the Duke game, here is what I see for Baylor.

    Prince…….3
    Williams…..9
    Pope………7
    Hayden…….5
    Madden…….7
    Griner……21
    Sims……..15

    Final score: Baylor 67 UCONN 79

    Just another day at the office for UCONN.

  4. Chris Saran

    John, I agree. The bench has to produce for UConn to win. Stewart, Tuck and Jefferson need to be at their best. They could give UConn a slight advantage.

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