Moore, Team USA coast into quarterfinals

By Carl Adamec

The easy part for the United States national team at the FIBA world championships is over.

Former UConn All-American and reigning WNBA Most Valuable Player Maya Moore had 13 of her 16 points in the first half as Team USA routed Angola 119-44 Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey, to wrap up Group D play at 3-0.
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Collier looking forward to the home stretch

By Carl Adamec

Napheesa Collier spent five consecutive weeks away from home this summer between representing the United States at the FIBA Americas U-18 tournament and at the Youth Olympic Games.

But the 6-foot-1 forward from O’Fallon, Missouri, was right at home on the basketball courts in Colorado Springs and Nanjing, China.
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Stewart selected to USA world championships team

By Carl Adamec

Breanna Stewart will be out of school for another two weeks.

The University of Connecticut junior All-American was named to the 12-player United States team that will take part in the FIBA world championships starting Saturday and running through Oct. 5 in Turkey. She becomes the third active Huskies’ player to represent Team USA in the world championships, joining Kara Wolters (1994) and Maya Moore (2010).
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“John Toner’s decision to leave his New England neighbors and move Connecticut into the Big East Conference changed UConn Athletics forever. John was a transformational figure on the national collegiate stage, including being a driving force in the late 1970s and early 1980s to add women’s athletics under the NCAA umbrella. Personally, John gave me a great start as head basketball coach at Connecticut and through the years he was always available to me for wise counsel and friendship.”

— Jim Calhoun on John Toner, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 91

“Obviously this is a really sad day for the college community, the University of Connecticut and me personally. I owe a debt of gratitude to John that can never be repaid. We become friends. I looked up to him and admired him and he’ll always have a special place in my heart and in my family’s heart. Everyone in the University of Connecticut, in the state of Connecticut and every single person in amateur sports owes him a debt of gratitude.

“Even more so, the growth of women’s sports in this country can be directly related to the work that John Toner did to help push forward the Title IX bill. So, I just can’t put into words … words at some point lose their factor, their meaning when you’re describing someone who was a giant in the world of amateur sports. My thoughts and prayers are with Claire and the rest of the family.”

— Geno Auriemma on John Toner

Former AD Toner dies at 91

John F. Silver

John Toner, the man who brought UConn to the Big East in 1979 and hired Geno Auriemma and Jim Calhoun, has died at the age of 91.  

Toner had a distinguished career and was the head football coach for five seasons from 1966 to 1970. He brought varsity women’s athletics to UConn and was a driving force behind the rise of women’s athletics in college.

Toner’s teams won Yankee Conference championships in 1967 and 1970 and had a five-year conference record of 17-6-2. Toner was named Director of Athletics in 1969 and held the position for nearly 20 years, before stepping down in 1987.

Toner made two of the greatest hires in college athletics history within a 12-month span—when he hired Auriemma in the spring of 1985 and Calhoun in the spring of 1986.

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