Opponents watching #3 UConn v. #2 Baylor saw a tight game sealed by a fearless freshman. Pretty sure Dangerfield will have an up and down season, but if her play against the Bears is reflective of her upside, wow. And no, folks, they won’t drop the “lost the Big Three” narrative ’cause it’s the backdrop for this Husky reboot.
As for the Bears – guess it wasn’t the perfect time to renew the rivalry, huh?
Their eyes met from across a midcourt circle on a hardwood floor: the 62-year-old coach, who had just won his 314th game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, and the 18-year-old freshman, who had just won her first. Geno Auriemma and Crystal Dangerfield smiled, took a step or two toward one another and then warmly embraced. Some Huskies go four years without such an overt display of affection from a coach, much less from the demanding Auriemma.
Moments earlier, the third-ranked Huskies had dispatched No. 2 Baylor, 72-61, to win their, yawn, 77th straight (technically, an upset). The sinewy 5-foot-5 Dangerfield did not start in her home court debut, but she led all scorers with 19 points. “I thought she was the best player on the floor,” said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey. “I don’t think she realizes how valuable she is to them. She sure kicked our ass.”
Maybe #23 Indiana’s tight game against Chattanooga was a warning: The Hoosiers fall to a program that (perhaps) will finally get some national attention: Western Kentucky by 11. (Though this makes Hilltoppers’ loss to UTA even more puzzling)
Love me some in-city rivalry: San Diego wipes out San Diego State, 93-46.
Whoops – Fresno State blows a double-digit lead and CS Northridge gets the 61-57 win. Now in re-evaluation mode after second straight loss
Reality check – Princeton’s now 0-3.
‘ware the wabbits – they maul the Grizz, 84-43.
Yes, that’s the Friars at 3-0.
Blue Hens move to 3-0, courtesy of a hideous game v. the Bonnies.
Things to look for Sunday:
#12 Florida tries to bounce back v. James Madison (1pm).
In-state rivals meet, both 3-0: Georgia Tech v. Georgia (2pm)
A good, “Where’re you at?” match up: Eastern Michigan v. Wake Forest (2pm).
Stanford will try and get its head back on straight v. Cal Northridge (2:30pm)
Poor Mississippi Valley State gets to face Baylor (3pm).
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