Ekmark believes better days ahead for her

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — Courtney Ekmark survived a tsunami four years ago.

The wave that the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s sophomore guard is up against this fall is made up of a trio of freshmen, all 2015 McDonald’s All-Americans, who she’ll be competing with for playing time.

Coming off a rookie season here that saw her struggle off the court early with a stress fracture in her right foot and then upon her return struggle on the court with her confidence, Ekmark knows better than anyone she has to be better if she’s to play a key role in the Huskies’ bid for an unprecedented fourth consecutive national championship.
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Ex-UConn standout Jones seeks history

By Carl Adamec

There are many — including UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma — who believe that Asjha Jones is the best player not on the Gampel Pavilion wall in the Huskies of Honor program.

But Jones could join a more exclusive club in the next two weeks.

If the Minnesota Lynx defeat the Indiana Fever in the best-of-five WNBA Finals that start Sunday in Minneapolis, the 35-year-old Jones — in her first season with the Lynx — would become the ninth player to have won NCAA and WNBA titles along with Olympic and FIBA World Championship gold medals.
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in Storrs, Conn., Monday, March 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

What we learned from Geno Auriemma on ‘The Lowe Post’ podcast

UCONN women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma sat down with Zach Lowe of Grantland to record ‘The Lowe Post’ podcast on Monday. The two discussed topics ranging from Diana Taurasi, the difference between the men’s and women’s game, who he feels his best team was and coaching team USA. Here is some of what we learned from Auriemma:

  • With the success that Becky Hammond has had coaching in the NBA with the Spurs, he wouldn’t be surprised to see teams go after Taurasi after she retires from playing.
  • As opposed to the men’s game, that relies heavily on your physical attributes,he feels the way you use your mind on the court in the women’s game is what’s most important.
  • In his opinion, woman play basketball together as an ensemble more than men do.
  • Taurasi plays the game in a way that breaks down barriers and puts an end to stereotypes that exist around the women’s game.
  • The difference between coaching the same girls at the collegiate level with UCONN and the USA National Team is that they had grown into completely different people. He needed to hand out specific jobs to each individual and was unable to play with a free flowing system that allowed for multiple options throughout an offensive set.

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Keenan Reynolds too much to handle as UConn falls to Navy in AAC opener, 28-18

Reynolds proved too much for Connecticut to handle as the Midshipmen upended the Huskies in the American Athletic Conference opener, 28-18.

Touted as one of the best pure athletes in all of college football, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds continues to rack up touchdowns. The senior signal-caller, who is chasing former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball for the most career FBS touchdowns, recorded three more Saturday afternoon to close the gap.

Reynolds rushed for touchdowns in the first, second and fourth quarters on Saturday to give himself an astounding 73 career rushing scores and now sits just four shy of Ball’s mark. In addition to his achievements on the ground against the Huskies, Reynolds also tossed a touchdown pass to help propel Navy to a 3-0 mark.

While Navy moved the football with relative ease, UConn struggled to find any rhythm on the offensive side of the football for most of the afternoon.

Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs did toss touchdown passes to Tyraiq Beals (second quarter) and Tommy Myers (fourth quarter), but Navy had created an insurmountable lead throughout the game.

The loss was UConn’s second straight after last weekend’s 9-6 defeat to Missouri, and it now drops the Huskies to .500 at 2-2 overall.

The Huskies travel to No. 22 BYU next weekend for a showdown with the Cougars.

Sep 19, 2015; Columbia, MO, USA; Connecticut Huskies quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (4) throws a pass during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. Missouri won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s game: Navy at Uconn, Noon on CBS Sports Network

Who: University of Connecticut Huskies vs. Navy Midshipmen

What: This is the American Athletic Conference opener for the Huskies.

Where: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field

When: Noon

UConn and Navy will meet for the first time since 2006. Navy holds a 6-1 advantage over the Huskies, but this will be the Midshipmen’s first conference match-up as the newcomers in The American.


In their last time out, the Mids bested UConn 41-17. This is the only game the two have played at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.

Their opening game came in 1975, but the Huskies only win in their 40-year history of playing Navy was in 2002. Terry Caulley rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Dan Orlovsky had 29 completions for 272 yards.


The Huskies are off to a 2-1 start this season with wins over Army and Villanova. They suffered a 9-6 loss last week on the road against Missouri.

With the win over Army, UConn is 19-9-4 all time against the current four service academies, including a 13-1-4 record against Coast Guard. They have never played Air Force and are 5-2 against Army.

The Huskies have a lot of youth in their line up with right guard Tyler Samra standing as the only senior in the starting offense in both the Army and Missouri games. Their youth will be an interesting contrast to Navy’s veteran lineup, especially with the Mids senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds leading the charge. Here’s what UConn coach Bob Diaco had to say on that matter (UConn, Sept. 22):

“I think one of the best things that is making him all of those things right now is that he’s a senior, and he is surrounded by seniors. They have nine of the 11 starters on offense are seniors. And when you factor in the top 22, there is only a small handful, maybe four players, of all 22 that are not seniors. He’s talented in terms of speed and quickness. He has a strong arm. He can go through read progressions and deal the football per coverage, which is not unique necessarily, but not all the option quarterbacks can do that especially when they’re young. He has multi-layer reads. He’s athletic and fast and tough. He also now doesn’t make a wrong decision. When it’s supposed to go to the fullback, it goes to the fullback. When he’s supposed to pull, he pulls. When it has to go on the perimeter, it goes on the perimeter. He’s very ball aware, and supported by a veteran group.”



Stewart ready to get back to business

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — Breanna Stewart’s summer schedule since the end of her freshman year at Cicero-North Syracuse High has included playing for USA Basketball.

This summer was no different as she represented her country at the Pan American Games. What was a bit different for the University of Connecticut senior standout was there was some vacation in her final academic summer.

“It was busy, but then again it wasn’t,” Stewart said. “I played USA Basketball but then I had the opportunity to go home and enjoy my family for a month, which usually doesn’t happen. It gave me a chance to recover and get ready for a new season.”

For the past month, she’s been here with the Huskies taking part in preseason workouts. But USA Basketball is calling again. She’s expected to take part in a 10-day European tour starting next week that will take coach Geno Auriemma and a group of senior national team pool players to Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic for four games.
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