UConn Pro Day draws a crowd

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn — There were 29 NFL teams, 59 coaches/scouts, ESPN, the NFL Network, and two head coaches — Mike Zimmer from the Vikings and Chip Kelly from the Eagles.  

UConn was 2-10 last year, has missed a bowl game for four straight seasons, but the thought there was some athletic talent was put to rest long ago.

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Stewart, KML, Jefferson pick up AP honors

By Carl Adamec

Breanna Stewart is on her way to being named a consensus first-team All-American for the second straight year. The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s junior forward just took a slightly different path this time around.

Stewart was named to the five-player Associated Press All-America first team and the United States Basketball Writers 10-player squad Tuesday. On Monday night, the North Syracuse, New York, native was selected to the five-player Wooden Award All-America club.
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For KML, record a long-distance dedication

By Carl Adamec

ALBANY, N.Y. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis went to the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s locker room at halftime Monday night one shy of tying the NCAA record for 3-point baskets and the Huskies trailing Dayton by one point.

But the senior wing had her priorities in order. And by helping to take care of her team’s deficit, she’s made her mark in the books.

Mosqueda-Lewis finished with seven 3-pointers to break the all-time mark and scored a game-high 27 points as No. 1 UConn defeated seventh-seeded Dayton 91-70 in the NCAA tournament Albany Regional final at the Times Union Center.
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UConn answers challenge, heads to Final Four

By Carl Adamec

ALBANY, N.Y. — The players wore t-shirts that read “Cut the Net.”

For the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, that’s still two wins away.

Tournament Most Outstanding Player Breanna Stewart had 23 points and 16 rebounds while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis set the NCAA career record for 3-point baskets on her way to 27 points Monday night as the top-seeded Huskies advanced to their NCAA record eighth consecutive Final Four with a 91-70 win over No. 7 Dayton in the Albany Regional final before 7,686 at the Times Union Center.

“We have a certain net in mind that we want to cut,” said UConn forward Morgan Tuck, who also had 23 points. “The regional championship isn’t that one. We don’t want people to think that we’re too good to cut down a net or things like that. There’s a tradition here now that we cut only one net down and that’s after the very last game of the season.”

The last time UConn had scissors out after a regional final was in 2008 in Greensboro, North Carolina. That ended a three-year drought for the Huskies and started their current eight-year Final Four run.

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Lubin to transfer

John F. Silver

UConn PF Rakim Lubin is apparently transferring from UConn after one year. 

His mother posted the news on Twitter. UConn has not confirmed his leaving:

Lubin’s departure leaves the Huskies thin in the frontcourt and a short roster late in the recruiting process.

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UConn shoots for 16th Final Four appearance

By Carl Adamec

ALBANY, N.Y. — Considering that Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has at most three games and eight days left in her career with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, it’s not so hard to take things one at a time.

The senior wing understands perfectly there’s no tomorrow with a loss so she’s focused on the here and now.

The top-seeded Huskies go for a NCAA record eighth consecutive Final Four appearance and 16th overall Monday at 7 p.m. when they take on No. 7 Dayton in the Albany Regional final at the Times Union Center.
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