MVP Nurse lifts Canada to gold, Olympic bid

By Carl Adamec

After Kia Nurse scored 33 points for the Canadian national team against the United States in the Pan American Games final last month, Nurse’s University of Connecticut teammate — but opponent that night — Breanna Stewart gave her a hug and said, “Really? You picked today to do that?”

Now Cuba’s national team knows how Stewart felt.

Nurse scored 20 points Sunday night and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as Team Canada won the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal and clinched a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with an 82-66 victory over Cuba in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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Cox sets up official visits, including to UConn

By Carl Adamec

Lauren Cox’s volleyball season at Flower Mound High in Texas is underway.

But the 6-foot-4 senior center and the No. 1-rated recruit in the Class of 2016 will be taking care of some basketball business in the fall as well.

Cox has tentatively scheduled official visits to her five finalists — including the University of Connecticut, her father Dennis said Friday.
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Nurse has Canada two wins from Olympic bid

By Carl Adamec

Kia Nurse and the Canadian senior national team will need to win two games this weekend at the FIBA Americas Championship to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The University of Connecticut sophomore scored a game high 14 points Thursday as Team Canada captured the top seed in Group A with a 92-43 rout of Cuba in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Team Canada (4-0) will face Brazil (3-1) in the first semifinal Saturday at 8 p.m. (EDT), followed by Argentina (4-0) taking on Cuba (3-1). Argentina, after leading by as many as 18 in the first half, needed a game-closing 10-2 run to defeat Brazil 73-69 and clinch the top seed out of Group B.
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Ex-Husky Valley joins Washington coaching staff

By Carl Adamec

Former University of Connecticut forward and three-time national champion Morgan Valley is a Husky again.

Only she’s part of the Washington Huskies, as Washington head coach Mike Neighbors announced the hiring of Valley as an assistant coach on Wednesday.

“I am beyond excited to be joining the University of Washington women’s basketball program,” Valley said in a statement. “Coach Neighbors and his staff have built something very special, and I am honored to be a part of the rich Husky tradition.”
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Nurse, Team Canada seek 2016 Olympic berth

By Carl Adamec

Kia Nurse is about to go for a hat trick.

In April, Nurse helped the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team win its third straight national championship. Last month, she led the Canadian senior national team to its first gold medal at the Pan American Games.

On Sunday, Nurse and Team Canada will begin their bid to earn a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when they take on Puerto Rico in their first game of Group A pool play at the FIBA Americas Championship being held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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UConn athletic trainer Ragle finds Fame

By Carl Adamec

She has worked with and for players and coaches that have become Hall of Famers at one level or another, yet Rosemary Ragle never thought she would become one herself.

But the athletic trainer for coach Geno Auriemma’s University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will join the club on Saturday when she is inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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UConn, Maryland agree to three-game deal

By Carl Adamec

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has an opponent for the Maggie Dixon Classic and it’s a program the Huskies have become familiar with in recent seasons.

The Huskies will take on 2015 Big Ten champion and Final Four semifinalist Maryland in the annual Maggie Dixon Classic on Dec. 28 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Game time is 8:30 p.m. and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

The matchup is part of a three-game deal between the schools. UConn will travel to Maryland in 2016-17 while the Terrapins will play at UConn during the 2017-18 season.
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