UConn visits Georgetown, McDonough Arena

By Carl Adamec

WASHINGTON — In its first six home games, the Georgetown University women’s basketball team averaged 398 fans at McDonough Arena.

The Hoyas get a boost tonight when third-ranked UConn visits for a Big East game.

UConn (12-1 overall, 0-1 Big East) has not lost back-to-back games since the end of the 1992-93 season, a stretch of 706 games. The Huskies have not been 0-2 in the league since Geno Auriemma’s first season of 1985-86.

Kiah Stokes is in uniform and going through warmups as she returns after missing five games with a stress reaction in her right shin. UConn, though, will be without freshman Morgan Tuck (right knee bone bruise).

Georgetown (10-4, 1-0) has lost 27 straight to UConn and has not beaten the Huskies at McDonough Arena since 1992.

The Huskies do have a good history here. UConn won its second Big East tournament title at McDonough Arena in 1991, defeating Providence 79-74 in the championship game. Concerned about the fast-pace style of the Friars and his team playing its third game in three days, UConn coach Geno Auriemma had point guard Debbie Baer (now Fiske) hold the ball out at midcourt until 15 seconds remained on the shot clock before the Huskies started their offense.

“That was the game plan and I always did what Coach said,” Fiske said. “He’s in the Hall of Fame.”

At one point, thanks to a pair of offensive rebounds and a PC foul, the Huskies had a possession last almost two minutes. That prompted Friars coach Bob Foley to yell out, “This is ridiculous. It really is.”

SNY game analyst Meghan Culmo (then Pattyson) was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1991 tourney. The Huskies would go on to advance to their first NCAA Final Four.