Notebook: Huskies at home in any home

By Carl Adamec

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team played Creighton at Gampel Pavilion on the Storrs campus on Nov. 23.

The Huskies’ next home game was Friday against DePaul at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. UConn then hosted UCLA at Mohegan Sun Arena here Sunday, posting an 86-50 win over UCLA in the Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge. The Huskies’ next home game is this Saturday against SMU at the XL Center in Hartford.

Four home games, four sites within the state’s borders.
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UConn routs UCLA with plenty in reserve

By Carl Adamec

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — As the starters for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team made their way onto the floor at Mohegan Sun Arena for the opening tip Sunday, senior Kiah Stokes rounded up the reserves.

“The starting five has their little huddle and we on the bench have a huddle,” Stokes said. “I said, ‘Listen guys, I know we’re all thinking about going home. But that’s tomorrow and after the game. We have to stay focused.’ Once you’re playing, though, you’re not thinking about going home. You want to get this rebound, you want to get this block, you want to finish this shot, you want to win.”

Certainly the starters — led by All-American Breanna Stewart and freshman Kia Nurse — did their parts. But the play of the UConn bench played a big role as the second-ranked Huskies headed home for Christmas after walloping UCLA 86-50 before a crowd of 8,015 in the Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge.
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Notebook: UConn, Nebraska working on deal

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Geno Auriemma addressed the fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena last March 31 after his University of Connecticut women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Final Four by winning a regional title in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Impressed by the show of support of Cornhuskers’ fans even though their team was eliminated in the second round, Auriemma closed by saying, “We’ll be back.”
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UConn’s Stokes on a roll on and off the court

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Kiah Stokes has had a December to remember.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s senior center came off the bench to contribute six points along with a game-changing defensive effort which included 18 rebounds and three blocked shots in the Huskies’ win at Notre Dame on Dec. 6. That night she was able to be at Purcell Pavilion to watch for the first time her older brother, Darius, play collegiately as he and Fairleigh Dickinson took on the Irish in South Bend.

On Friday afternoon it was learned that Stokes had compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester. Then Friday night, she contributed four points, eight rebounds, and three blocks in No. 2 UConn’s 98-64 win over 25th-ranked DePaul at Webster Bank Arena.
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