Yes, the season is not over by a long shot, but… UConn sure showed it’s not going to roll over and play dead.
The “rebuilding” Huskies trotted into South Bend and showed the Irish – and anyone else who was watching – that they’re not going to just hand over the mantle of “Basketball Capital of the World.” About the game:
NY Times: UConn Brushes Aside Notre Dame for 83rd Straight Victory (So, how come they fix an error on a sports story but don’t acknowledge the original error?)
With each jab on Wednesday night, the top-ranked Huskies stood their ground, understanding that big-game moments in deafening opposing arenas were a big reason that they had enrolled at Connecticut in the first place.
“We definitely let it all out,” sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson said. “We want to continue to be great and try to get to where we want to be at the end of the year.”
New Haven Register: No. 1 UConn tops No. 2 Notre Dame, extends winning streak to 83 games
This was going to be the year of the payback, the season where the dominant UConn women’s basketball team gets a taste of what it feels like to be on the wrong end of the scoreboard.
With a pair of talented transfers and perhaps the best group of incoming freshman, the line, “This is the year to get UConn” has been a popular refrain.
Well, the Huskies have played five ranked teams in the first eight games of the season and are where they usually are at this time of the season — sitting pretty with an unblemished record.
Courant: UConn Women’s Notes: Dailey Gets Samuelson To Emulate Rip Hamilton, And It Works
Notre Dame Insider: UConn frustrates Notre Dame women’s basketball in top-two battle
Notre Dame Insider: Lesar: Loss to UConn leaves Notre Dame with plenty of questions
Nine games in, Notre Dame’s women’s basketball season just got re-booted.
Connecticut can do that to even the best teams.
UConn’s 72-61 victory in the mid-season battle for No. 1 Wednesday night scrubbed off the makeup and exposed every pimple in the Irish program.
It wasn’t a pleasant sight for Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw.
Had someone been foolish enough Wednesday night to tell Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw that the sun will still come up in the morning, she might well have reminded them that the wind chill will be in single digits when the sky does lighten in northern Indiana.
There was no bright side to be found.
Walking a tight rope is not an image that comes to mind when thinking about the UConn women’s basketball team. Yet the UConn staff said the Huskies are performing “without a safety net” in regard to players such as Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier and Gabby Williams.
If so, they look about as sure-footed as The Flying Wallendas. Remember how UConn lost its “big three” from last season and was probably going to struggle a bit this year trying to replace those amazing players? Yeah, whatever.
St. Louis Dispatch: St. Louisan Collier helps No. 1 UConn stop No. 2 Irish
A month into the season, Connecticut doesn’t look quite as vulnerable as many people thought.
Not a good loss for George Washington against a struggling American team, 66-61.
The reason I’m a generalist – gives me an opportunity to notice trends. For instance, what JR was doing and is now doing: Coach JR Payne has No. 18 Colorado on track and undefeated
Home-cooked meals at her house, featuring all the lasagna the players could eat and a game of hide-and-seek with her kids. A more lighthearted atmosphere at practice, complete with friendly football contests.
In no time, first-year Colorado basketball coach JR Payne has changed the course and culture of the 18th-ranked Buffaloes. At 8-0, they’ve already surpassed their win total (seven) from a season ago.
This amount of success so early is somewhat of a surprise. Payne figured it might take a little bit more time to install her system. But her players instantly bought in and now they’re off and rolling.
Long time readers know I’m a fan of officials, having written several articles on their very misunderstood and demanding profession. Take a moment to consider the Collected Wisdom: NCAA basketball official Dee Kantner
As a top women’s college basketball official and former NBA referee, Dee Kantner’s heard it all.
From 8-year-olds sitting courtside telling her to get back in the kitchen to fans calling her out by first and last name, Kantner has gotten pretty used to the heckling in her nearly four decades of officiating.
She began refereeing church league basketball as a way to make ends meet when she was a college senior in 1982. Since then, she’s made history as one of the first two female officials in the NBA, refereeing in the league from 1997-2002.