Tuesday’s title game ends the contiguous 10-year relationship between the Big East tournament and the XL Center. Even if the league remained intact, its contract to play the postseason tournament in Hartford is over.
The XL Center and UConn administration have expressed interest in bringing the new and still nameless league’s first tournament back to Hartford.
But there is growing sentiment that Mohegan Sun Arena will have enough support within the new league to host the tournament in 2014, at the very least.
Danielle Donehew, the associate commissioner of the Big East for women’s basketball, said no discussion about a future site will take place until at least May, when the new league’s first spring meeting is scheduled to take place in Florida.
Hot Shot Kaleena
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis comes into the game three three-pointers shy of the UConn single-season program record (107) set by Wendy Davis in 1991-92.
A number of WNBA coaches and executives have attended the tournament over the last two days. Diggins, UConn’s Kelly Faris, Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers and Syracuse center Kayla Alexander will be among the top players taken in the April draft.
But actually making one of the 11-man rosters (there are 12 teams in the league) has become a harrowing task for those not taken in the first round. Some draft picks won’t even be invited to training camp.
“It’s a crime,” said Anne Donovan, the coach of the Connecticut Sun. “You can only have 15 players in training camp and we’ve already signed four free agents. Do the math. It’s such a disservice to these kids. It’s such a long shot to crack 11 roster spots. It’s a small window [for success] and it breaks my heart to know it.”
Donovan, who coached Seattle to the 2004 WNBA title, knows the business has changed because of economic concerns.
“It’s the nature of the business in order to survive,” Donovan said. “I’m sure that’s why we are where we are. There isn’t anyone who wouldn’t want to see it changed. … It’s an issue; I understand [the WNBA] is a growing business. But it is unfortunate for those players looking to break in.”
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