March 28, 2011 |
Growing up in West Philadelphia, DePaul junior forward Keisha Hampton always loved playing basketball against her brothers and cousins at the neighborhood playground. With the raw talent she developed there, Hampton went on to graduate from Engineering & Science High as one of the all-time greats in Philadelphia Public League basketball history. She returned home last night as a first-team All-Big East selection, leading No. 3-seed DePaul into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for just the second time in school history.
March 25, 2011
THERE IS NO point trying to sell this weekend's Philadelphia Regional of the women's NCAA Tournament as any more than what it is. Not only will the fox enter the hen house Sunday, the doors of the Liacouras Center will be locked behind her. If you want to see women's collegiate basketball played at its highest level, you should definitely watch top-ranked Connecticut. But if you hope to see a miracle upset, don't hold your breath. UConn's winning this region and advancing to the Final Four in Indianapolis is as close to a lock as you can get in sports.
March 24, 2011 |
Connecticut fans may have seen their last NCAA tournament game in Storrs for a while. Coach Geno Auriemma, disappointed that fewer than 6,000 fans showed up at the 10,000-seat Gampel Pavilion for UConn's second-round win over Purdue on Tuesday, said he would ask athletic director Jeff Hathaway not to bid on hosting the tournament for the next five years. Auriemma joked that it might help if UConn won more games. The team has lost once in the last three seasons. "I think we have a real spoiled group of fans," he said.
March 23, 2011 |
Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Maya Moore added 16 and No. 1 Connecticut put on a defensive clinic to beat ninth-seeded Purdue 64-40 last night in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament at Storrs, Conn. The Huskies (33-1) advanced to the Philadelphia Regional after reaching the regional semifinals for the 18th straight season, the longest active streak in the nation. The victory was UConn's 22nd straight overall and 83rd in a row at home. Moore and fellow senior Lorin Dixon were playing their final game at the Huskies' home arena, Gampel Pavilion.
January 18, 2011 |
STORRS, Conn. - Before yesterday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee, seventh-ranked Villanova had played four road games: at Penn, La Salle, Monmouth and South Florida. This time, the obstacle happened to be a fellow Top 10 Big East rival. It won't be the last. Yet for most of the way at Gampel Pavilion, that didn't make much of a difference. The Wildcats, winners of 11 in a row, led No. 8 Connecticut by seven points with 9 minutes to go. In the end, though, it came down to the Huskies' player-of-the-year candidate unfurling one more big-time highlight than his former junior-high teammate.
January 17, 2011
Who: No. 7 Villanova (16-1, 4-0 Big East) at No. 10 Connecticut (14-2, 3-2) When: 3:30 Where: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. TV: ESPN Radio: ESPN 950
January 17, 2011 |
STORRS, Conn. - Villanova coach Jay Wright saw a lot of Kemba Walker over the summer when he coached him on the USA Select Team that scrimmaged against Team USA before the World Championships. He liked what he saw. Wright will see a lot of Walker again on Monday afternoon, but probably won't like it nearly as much. Walker, Connecticut's 6-foot-1 junior, has emerged as the Big East's best player and a national player of the year candidate in the first half of the season. He will put his talents on display when the 10th-ranked Huskies (14-2, 3-2 Big East)
April 2, 2009 |
Connecticut's Jeff Adrien took it personally when he heard his team couldn't win the big one. The doubters' worries grew louder after the Huskies' six-overtime loss to Syracuse in the Big East Tournament, UConn's fifth consecutive postseason defeat. "It hurt a lot," said Adrien, who played in all five of those losses. "It made me work harder. We had to fight through adversity to get to where we're at. " After four wins in the NCAA Tournament, Adrien said the Huskies will take that same emotion with them this weekend to Detroit, where Connecticut will play in the program's third Final Four, hoping to earn UConn's third national championship.
February 14, 2006 |
Villanova did not need a cast of giants to beat No. 1 Connecticut, whose size was matched only by its reputation. The No. 4 Wildcats just needed to be themselves. Villanova knocked off the Huskies, 69-64, last night in a Big East showdown at the Wachovia Center in front of 20,859 fans, many of whom stormed the court after the win. It was the largest crowd ever to watch a college basketball game in Pennsylvania. The last Wildcats win over a No. 1 team was Feb. 18, 1995, when they beat UConn, 96-73, at the Gampel Pavilion.
January 31, 2005 |
Notre Dame snapped Connecticut's Big East home winning streak at 112 games last night, with Courtney LaVere scoring 14 points and anchoring a dominating inside game in the Fighting Irish's 65-59 victory in Storrs, Conn. UConn hadn't lost a home conference game since a 64-62 defeat to Georgetown on Feb. 27, 1993. The Irish also ended the Huskies' 55-game streak at Gampel Pavilion. UConn's last defeat at Gampel was a 72-71 loss to Tennessee on Feb. 1, 2001. The sixth-ranked Fighting Irish (18-3, 6-2 Big East)