Notebook: Samuelson wins bronze at shootout

By Carl Adamec

Katie Lou Samuelson is hopeful that she’ll be able to return to action Friday when the United States U-18 3×3 team has two Group B games at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

The 6-foot-3 native of Huntington Beach, California, has been sidelined at the YOG with a slightly sprained left ankle suffered in a scrimmage last Saturday. It’s the same ankle the University of Connecticut Class of 2015 commit injured at the USA U-17 national team trials May 25. USA Basketball lists her status as day to day.

But Samuelson showed signs Thursday she may be ready to help. She won the bronze medal in the 3-point shooting contest that featured 62 YOG competitors.

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Ex-UConn star Moore named WNBA’s MVP

By Carl Adamec

Maya Moore made plenty of history with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team and she’s helped the Huskies make some now that she’s in the WNBA.

Moore was named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player the league announced Thursday and she will receive the award Thursday night in Minnesota prior to Game 1 of the Lynx’s Western Conference semifinal matchup with the San Antonio Stars. The story was first reported by the Associated Press.  

With Moore’s honor, UConn becomes the first program to have three of its players win the MVP. Tina Charles won the award as a member of the Connecticut Sun in 2012 while the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi was selected in 2009. Southern California (Cynthia Cooper and Lisa Leslie) and Tennessee (Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker) have had two players win. Leslie (3), Cooper (2), and Parker (2) have won the award multiple times. Moore was second to Parker in the 2013 MVP voting and was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2011.

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Team USA stays perfect in YOG 3×3 play

By Carl Adamec

The United States 3×3 U-18 team had a game against Thailand Wednesday, but for Napheesa Collier it was more like a layup drill.

The University of Connecticut Class of 2015 commit was 10-for-11 from the floor and finished with 13 points as Team USA downed Thailand 21-5 in pool play at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

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Collier, USA-U18s capture gold

By Carl Adamec

One gold medal down, and now Napheesa Collier can set her sights on a second.

Collier, who committed to the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team last April, had 18 points and six rebounds Sunday as the United States U-18 national team defeated Canada 104-74 to win the championship of the FIBA Americas tournament at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

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USA U18s advance to tourney final

By Carl Adamec

The United States U-18 national team had its hands full with Canada for much of the first half when the they met up in FIBA Americas tournament pool play Friday.

So the Americans know what they’re facing in Sunday’s gold-medal game.

South Carolina incoming freshman A’ja Wilson had 23 points and nine rebounds Saturday as Team USA advanced to the final with a 97-51 rout of Argentina at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

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Collier leads USA U-18s past Canada

By Carl Adamec

Napheesa Collier was there when her United States U-18 national team teammates needed her most Friday.

The UConn commit scored 20 points in a hotly-contested first half and finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals as Team USA clinched the top seed out of the Group A pool with a 107-76 win over Canada at the FIBA Americas tournament at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
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Judge rules for O’Bannon in NCAA likeness case

John F. Silver

Was Power 5 autonomy not enough?

The pillars of the NCAA came down again on Friday as a federal judge ruled in favor of former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon in the use if his image and likeness.

In a 99-page ruling, federal judge rules that prohibiting athletes from being paid for use of their names, images and likeness violate antitrust law because it “unreasonably restrain trade.” The ruling also allows for trust funds to be established for athletes to share in licensing revenue.

CBS Sports writer Jon Solomon has an excellent breakdown of the decision that ended the 5-year O’Bannon case:

A 99-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken issued an injunction “that will enjoin the NCAA from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images, and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid.” Wilken said the injunction will not prevent the NCAA from implementing rules capping the amount of money that may be paid to college athletes while they are enrolled in school, but the NCAA will not be allowed to set the cap below the cost of attendance.


 

 

UConn announces 12-game non-league schedule

By Carl Adamec

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has an 18-game winning streak in season openers coming into the 2014-15 campaign.

While the two-time defending national champion Huskies will be a prohibitive favorite to extend that run in November, another streak will end.

UConn will begin its season on the road for the first time in 15 years when it visits UC Davis on Nov. 14 as part of a two-game trip to California. It will then play at Stanford on Nov. 17.

The Huskies’ 12-game non-league schedule was announced on Friday.

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