Team USA falls to France; Dolson cut

By Carl Adamec

The United States senior national team dropped a 76-72 decision to France at the 2014 France International Tournament Sunday in Paris.

After the game, USA Basketball announced that former UConn All-American center Stefanie Dolson and ex-Notre Dame All-American guards Skylar Diggins and Kayla McBride have been cut, putting the Americans’ roster at 13. With center Brittney Griner expected to join the team in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday — three days before the start of the 2014 FIBA world championships — one more cut must be made.
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USA notebook: Reeve 2, Auriemma 0

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Entering his 30th season as the coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, Geno Auriemma has a losing record against two schools the Huskies have faced.

One is U.S. International of San Diego, which became Alliant International University, which doesn’t have a team now. UConn lost the only meeting 96-88 on Nov. 28, 1986. In his role as the United States national team coach, Auriemma has a constant reminder of the second school he has not beaten.
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Boley commits to Notre Dame

By Carl Adamec

Erin Boley admitted she was already thinking about joining the Notre Dame women’s basketball program. But when Irish coach Muffet McGraw and assistant Niele Ivey made a home visit Monday night, Boley took action.

Boley, a 6-foot-2 junior forward from Hodgenville, Kentucky, gave McGraw a verbal commitment, choosing the Irish over UConn, Kentucky, Louisville, Stanford, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
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Nurse sees big picture of UConn tradition

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — It was a picture that could tell more than a thousand words about the history of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball program.

Prior to the start of Monday night’s exhibition game between the United States and Canadian national teams at Webster Bank Arena, eight people with ties to the Huskies posed for a photograph.
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Collier makes impression on USA’s Staley

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Dawn Staley has been a part of USA Basketball for more than 20 years. The 2013 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee won Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2000, and 2004 as a player and was an assistant coach on the team that won gold in 2008.

So the University of South Carolina head coach and assistant to Geno Auriemma on the United States squad that will take part in the 2014 FIBA world championships has seen it all. This summer, she watched a young player in her debut in international play make a strong first impression.
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Nurse learning from experience of a lifetime

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Kia Nurse was two years old when Sue Bird made her debut for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

No wonder the United States national team’s point guard and three-time Olympic gold medalist feels her age when she looks across the court at the UConn freshman and point guard for Team Canada.
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