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Tell Us Your Strategy That Brings Home A UConn National Championship

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The UConn are men headed for Dallas … the Husky women to Nashville. Each two wins away from a national title. OK UConn women’s fans, this is your chance: Give us your blueprint for winning a championship. Follow this model: The three things the UConn women must do to bring home a record-setting ninth national title. Just three: Step 1, Step 2, Step 3. Leave your post right here in the comments section, we’ll take a look at the very best advice for Geno and his team and run some of your best thoughts in the paper.

Replay: Special UConn-Duke Women’s Basketball Chat

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We got 1 vs. 2 tonight so let’s chat UConn-Duke women’s basketball. Click the play button and replay The Courant’s John Altavilla and Jeff Jacobs as they chatted live from Durham, N.C., hours before the top-ranked Huskies faced off with the Blue Devils. T


Replay: Friday’s UConn Women’s Basketball Chat

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Click the play button and replay our opening live chat of the UConn women’s basketball season with The Courant’s John Altavilla.



Heavy UConn Presence On Roster For U.S. National Women’s Minicamp

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As expected, the roster for next month’s U.S. women’s basketball minicamp in Las Vegas has a heavy UConn presence with eight past and present players, as well as coach Geno Auriemma. The roster was announced officially on Thursday with former Huskies Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Tina Charles joined by Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. Here’s the release from USA Basketball:

Including 13 Olympic and/or FIBA World Championship gold medalists, USA Basketball today announced the list of 33 athletes who have accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 USA Women’s National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 at the Cox Pavilion practice gym at the UNLV campus in Las Vegas. The camp will be used to identify players for the USA National Team pool, from which the 2014 USA World Championship Team will be selected. Invitations to attend the training camp were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.

Highlighting the returning veterans are three-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); two-time Olympic gold medalists Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks); 2012 Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx); and Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Further, Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars) and Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), both of whom aided the USA to a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, are set to attend camp.

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Replay: Wednesday’s Kalana Greene, Special CT Sun Chat

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Click the play button and replay our live chat as we get ready for the start of the Connecticut Sun season. Former UConn star and current Sun player Kalana Greene was a special guest with The Courant’s John Altavilla.

For Our Folks Who Have Never Chatted Before … READ THIS!!!

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If you want to be a part of our national championship chat tonight and have never done it before – no worries … just do this!

Go to the chat post right below this – but after 7:45 p.m.

Click the play button

A screen will open up and you will see the “transcript” [for lack of a better word] of the chat as it’s happening in real time.

Below you will see a screen that asks you to type in your name – or whatever you’d like to be identified as – on the chat … something with HUSKIES is always a favorite.

Type in your comment, question, criticism, complaint, compliment … please keep it clean, we run a family chat here at Then hit the button and send it in!

You’ll see it appear shortly. That’s it! Post your comment to no one in particular or address it to a specific chatter …

UConn Will Open Gampel Doors To Watch Championship Game

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This release sent from UConn:

UConn Athletic Communications — April 8, 2013 — NCAA Final Four Gamewatch

STORRS, Conn. (April 8, 2013) — A public gamewatch at Gampel Pavilion for the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game will be held on Tuesday night, April 9. UConn plays Louisville at 8:30 p.m. and the doors to Gampel will open at 7:30 p.m. The game will be shown on a large screen and the event is open to the University community and general public. Concession stands will be open and no outside food or drink will be permitted.

Chat With The Courant Live From New Orleans On Tuesday Night

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The UConn women are chasing an eighth national championship Tuesday night and The Courant will be chatting live as the Huskies meet Louisville. Join The Courant’s tandem of John Altavilla and Jeff Jacobs beginning at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday as they set the scene from courtside in New Orleans.

John and Jeff will chat with Husky nation during the 20 minutes or so leading up to the opening tip, answering your questions and filling you in on the pregame chatter. Then, as the game tips, they’ll head off to do their jobs and will take over and turn the chat over to all of you with our live national championship fans chat.

If you never participated in one of our fan chats, they’re a blast! It’s a great companion to the TV broadcast and allows you to talk to fans from around the world in a true interactive experience.

Here’s how it works. Once Jeff and John leave, you stay on. Argue, comment, cheer, boo, and we here at will direct the traffic. You’ll be able to access the chat right here in the blog or go to, click the “play” button and you’re in. Computer on your left, TV on the right and you’re all set!

Don’t miss it!