Cox taking her time in recruiting process

By Carl Adamec

When A’ja Wilson — the top recruit in the Class of 2014 — went through the process before signing with the University of South Carolina, she said of the rumors and speculation surrounding her, “If you don’t hear it from me or from my parents, don’t believe it.”

Dennis Cox, whose daughter Lauren is the top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2016, would be thrilled if people would follow Wilson’s advice as they keep up with his 16-year-old.
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Commitment to UConn dream come true for Irwin

By Carl Adamec

Bethany Irwin saw the irony.

Thirty years ago, the Branford, Connecticut native chose to play her college basketball at Penn State. On Tuesday, her daughter Kyla — a 6-foot-2 junior forward from State College, Pennsylvania — announced her decision to make an oral commitment to attend the University of Connecticut.
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SNY Unveils Broadcast Schedule for 2014-2015 UConn Women’s Basketball

NEW YORK- SNY, the official television home of the UConn Huskies women’s basketball program,  announced the network’s broadcast schedule for the team’s 2014-2015 season on Tuesday.  As the team returns to the hardwood following a perfect 40-0 season and an unprecedented ninth national title, SNY will feature 17 live games and provide comprehensive coverage for all American Athletic Conference basketball games televised on the network, delivering exclusive pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows.  The network’s LIVE game schedule tips-off Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1:00pm as the defending champion Huskies host Creighton University from Gampel Pavilion.

Eric Frede returns for his second season as lead play-by-play announcer, while former UConn basketball legends Meghan Culmo and Kara Wolters return as network analysts.  Culmo will once again serve as in-game analyst while Wolters teams in studio with Gary Apple for pre-game, halftime and post-game presented by People’s United Bank.  Kerith Burke resumes her role as SNY’s in-game reporter.  SNY’s on-air team will kick-off its coverage for the 2014-2015 season Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30pm as contributors to the UConn Women’s Basketball Preview Show presented by Connecticut Lighting Centers, a half-hour special featuring exclusive interviews with players and coaches as well as in-depth analysis of the key storylines and players to watch.

SNY’s highly acclaimed program Huskies All-Access will once again provide fans a behind-the-scenes look at UConn Women’s Basketball, as cameras follow the team and coaches on and off the court, offering an insider’s view of the nation’s top women’s basketball program.  Huskies All-Access premieres Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:30pm.  The Geno Auriemma Show debuts Friday, Dec. 19 immediately following UConn’s matchup versus DePaul University.  The show will provide viewers exclusive insight from Coach Auriemma on game strategy, player performances, and the challenges facing the team and coaching staff during the year.  A full detailed schedule consisting of premiere episodes will be released shortly.

For daily coverage of the UConn Huskies, fans can tune into GEICO SportsNite from 10:30pm-1:00am.  For up-to-the-minute information about the team, fans can log on to www.sny.tv and snyuconn.com – which will provide complete coverage with game highlights, press conferences and interviews.

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Coach: Driven, determined describe Dangerfield

By Carl Adamec

Crystal Dangerfield has the ability to fill the scoring column in the box score. But the 5-foot-5 junior point guard at Blackman High in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is more about collecting championships than points.

It’s the reason Blackman won the Class 3A state title a season ago and the reason Dangerfield — who announced her oral commitment to attend the University of Connecticut on Sunday — was named the 2014 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year.
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Dangerfield commits to UConn

By Carl Adamec

Crystal Dangerfield said five months ago at the United States U-17 team trials that her plan was to announce her college decision on her birthday next May.

Instead it was the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team that got an early present.

Dangerfield, a 5-foot-5 junior point guard from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, made an oral commitment to attend UConn during an unofficial visit to Storrs this weekend that included taking in the Huskies’ annual First Night program. She is the first player from the Class of 2016 to announce for UConn.
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Tuck able to put focus back on basketball

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — Geno Auriemma sat in his Gampel Pavilion office on a mid-January afternoon with a look of concern on his face.

Sophomore Morgan Tuck had met with her family and informed the University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach they had decided she would have season-ending surgery on her right knee. The timing would allow her to apply for a medical hardship waiver to maintain three years of eligibility.

But her loss would put the Huskies at nine active scholarship players and down a post player. What if something else went wrong? UConn had already established itself as the best team in the country but would it have enough to finish the job?
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Champions Center named after Werth Family

UConn officially opened its $40 million basketball training facility on Friday christening the name of the facility after the first major donors to contribute.[/sny-editorial]

The Champions Center will be named after Peter J. and Pamela H. Werth, who pledged a multimillion dollar donation to get the project started.

The two donations, totaling $7 million, were critical for the project, the first University building financed entirely with private donations. The new $40 million basketball training facility is adjacent to the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, the campus home of the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s and women’s basketball championship teams.

“We believe the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center is the key to sustaining UConn’s tradition of great basketball,” said Coleman Levy ’61 (CLAS), ’62 MA, ’66 JD, chairman of the UConn Foundation Board of Directors.

“Built solely with private donations, the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center is a real tribute to the steadfastness of our friends and alumni and their willingness to support UConn’s transformation and vision for the future,” he added. The Werths’ latest gift of $2.3 million followed their previous $4.7 million pledge.

The 75,000-plus square-foot building features complete facilities for the men’s and women’s championship basketball programs. The center includes common areas designed for academic support, sports medicine and strength training, along with separate practice gyms, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and video analysis facilities.

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