An extension of UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph will be playing for the WNBA title beginning Sunday. Indiana guard Shavonte Zellous, who played at Pittsburgh when Ralph was an assistant there, won Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Connecticut with a last-second jumper and scored 11 in 29 minutes off the bench in Thursday’s Game 3 conference clincher.
Zellous credits Ralph for much of the competitive nature she brings to the floor.
“I haven’t heard from Coach Ralph in a while, but she does keep in touch with me to see how I am doing,” Zellous said Thursday. “I can tell she is doing very well now that she’s back with the Huskies.
“She taught me to be a competitor, that every possession counts. One thing I will never forget that she taught me, and I assume she picked this up from playing for Geno, was to make sure that I always ran to every spot on the floor and never give up on any possession. I can hear her say, ‘Run hard here, run hard there.’ She always emphasized to keep working, keep grinding.
“And hey, look at me now.”