Monday, October 25, 2010

New blog location

Here is the new blog, covering both UConn men and women basketball teams.

Friday, September 17, 2010

2010-11 Schedule

It's not going to be easy, but the Huskies usually don't care for easy. The schedule features: Baylor, Georgia Tech, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Stanford, Duke and Oklahoma. If UConn is to match UCLA's 88-game win streak, it will happen at MSG against Ohio State. To break it, two nights later at Gampel vs. FSU.

Thu. 4 FRANKLIN PIERCE (exhib.) Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 10 INDIANA UNIVERSITY (Pa.) (exhib.) XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 7 p.m.
Sun. 14 HOLY CROSS Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 2 p.m.
State Farm Tip-Off Classic, XL Center, Hartford, Conn.
Tue. 16 BAYLOR ESPN2 6 p.m.
Sun. 21 at Georgia Tech Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Ga. 2 p.m.
World Vision Challenge, Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn.
Fri. 26 LSU vs. Lehigh 5 p.m.
Sat. 27 LSU vs. Howard 5 p.m.
Sun. 28 Lehigh vs. Howard 2 p.m.
Thu. 2 *at South Florida USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Fla. TBD
Sun. 5 SACRED HEART XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 1 p.m.
Thu. 9 *MARQUETTE Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.
Maggie Dixon Classic, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Sun. 19 Rutgers vs. Texas A&M 12 p.m.
Connecticut vs. Ohio State 2:30 p.m.
Tue. 21 FLORIDA STATE XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 7 p.m.
Tue. 28 at Pacific Alex G. Spanos Center, Stockton, Calif. 10 p.m.
Thu. 30 at Stanford Maples Pavilion, Palo Alt, Calif. 9 p.m.
Wed. 5 *VILLANOVA Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 8 *at Notre Dame Purcell Pavilion, South Bend Ind. 2 p.m.
Wed. 12 *at St. John’s Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 15 *LOUISVILLE XL Center, Hartford, Conn. TBD
Mon. 17 at North Carolina Carmichael Auditorium, Chapel Hill, N.C. 7 p.m.
Sat. 22 *PITTSBURGH Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 26 *at Rutgers Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, N.J. TBD
Sat. 29 *at Cincinnati First Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio TBD
Mon. 31 DUKE Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7 p.m.
Sat. 5 *DEPAUL Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 2 p.m.
Tue. 8 *at West Virginia West Virginia Coliseum, Morgantown, W. Va. 7 p.m.
Sat. 12 *at Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. TBD
Mon. 14 OKLAHOMA XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 7 p.m.
Sat. 19 *NOTRE DAME Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. TBD
Tue. 22 *SETON HALL XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 7 p.m.
Sat. 26 *at Georgetown McDonough Arena, Washington, D.C. 3 p.m.
Mon. 28 *SYRACUSE Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Quotes from Jacquie

There will be a story online, but this is what didn't get in:

On not serving as a grad assistant with ex-Husky Tonya Cardoza at Temple:
“It would have been great to go down there and get my Masters and work with Tonya, but at the end of the day this came along and this is what I want to do so why not jump right into it. I had to take it.”

On her responsibilities:
“It’s much different from the UConn build where there’s the job that we have, we have Sarah Darras, we have all these positions, but at Fairfield, the whole program literally gets run through me from travel to film exchange to video. It’s pretty crazy.

On landing the Fairfield job:
“I feel extremely fortunate and blessed. So many times I’ve heard, ‘You’re so lucky to get a job right after college.’ I definitely feel very, very lucky. I know people who are struggling to get jobs.”

On her UConn experience:
“I was able to learn from so many different people there and gain so much experience being under that program. Here, I’m taking on so many responsibilities each and every day and literally have this program run through me. I’m excited for it and I’m ready to take on the challenge that I have ahead of me. Hopefully, I can make Coach (Joe) Frager and all the other coaches’ jobs easier.”

On her career and still wanting to coach in the future:
“I’m very fortunate. I’m only 21, I have my whole life ahead of me, I know I’ll have a great career. But this is just great experience coming right out of college. I’m in all the staff meetings, I know what’s going on. ... The players coaches call me Coach Fernandes, and I feel like I am a coach even though I can’t directly say, ‘Do X, Y and Z.’ Coaching is what I want to do but I think this is an unbelievable experience to have. It’s going to be great for whatever university I end up at next.”

On being called "Coach":
“It’s definitely different. I’m sure some of the seniors are 21 and are my age, but it’s great I know what they’re going through. I’ve been through it at the best program at the country. I’ve done everything that they’re doing.”

Fernandes at Fairfield

former UConn guard Jacquie Fernandes was named Fairfield University's Director of Basketball
Operations this morning. Fernandes will be responsible for team travel and the day-to-day operations of the women's basketball office.

"I am very pleased to add Jacqui to our staff," said coach Joe Frager in a release. "Jacqui has been a winner, not just in college, but throughout her high school career as well. With her enthusiasm and work ethic, she is a welcome addition."

I've placed a call to Jacquie, so I'll let you know what she has to say when she gets back to me.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

UConn, Baylor to meet in Tip-off Classic

This is from Baylor's athletic site:

UConn will open its season and defend its undefeated streak on Nov. 16 at the XL Center against Baylor, in a rematch from the Final Four.

The game will be held Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.

Said Huskies coach Geno Auriemma: "We are very excited to be a part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon," Auriemma said. "Baylor is an outstanding team and the ESPN audience, along with the crowd at the XL Center, should be treated to a great game. Once again State Farm has stepped up to help make this possible and I would like to pass along my thanks to them."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Not for nothing

But doesn't it make you shake your head when UConn and Tennessee announced they will play in men's basketball?

It tells you how much of what's happened on the women's side really didn't worry the athletic directors and their departments. Then again, the Lady Vols do have essentially their own corner of the universe in Knoxville.

And no, I don't think we are seeing the women coming close to playing. However, Pat Summitt has been awfully lucky (read bad) that her team hasn't played UConn the last three years.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Doty done for the year

Junior UConn women’s basketball guard Caroline Doty will miss the entire 2010-11 season after tearing her left Anterior Crucitate Ligament late last month, the university announced Wednesday.

“We are all obviously disappointed for Caroline, but we know that she will work very hard to be ready for next season,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement.

There was no word how the Doylestown, Pa., product was injured, but she will undergo surgery in the coming weeks and begin the rehabilitation process. This is the third time Doty sustained this injury.

Doty first tore her left ACL while playing soccer during her senior year in high school. The second instance came just 17 games into her freshman year at UConn.

Although Doty will have two years of eligibility remaining, this latest setback calls into question whether Doty will play again.

Doty started 38 of 39 games last season for UConn, which went undefeated and won the national championship for the second straight season. She averaged 7.35 points per game over her two seasons with the Huskies.

With Doty sidelined, point guard duties will likely fall upon highly regarded freshman Bria Hartley.
Hartley is ranked by ESPN as the fourth-best point guard and 14th overall prospect among incoming freshmen.

Senior Lorin Dixon may also get the chance to start, but she has been highly inconsistent throughout her first three years at UConn.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A return to New York

It was announced Wednesday that UConn will participate in the Maggie Dixon Classic on Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

UConn will face Ohio State, which should be a battle of Top 10 teams. The second game will feature Rutgers and Texas A&M.

The Huskies played against Penn State as part of the event in 2008.