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Message Has Been Delivered

By JOHN ALTAVILLA, jaltavilla@courant.com, January 3, 2009

Maya Moore was an Associated Press All-American last season and the first freshman named Big East player of the year. But UConn coach Geno Auriemma isn't going to let her develop habits that might short-circuit her development. As a result, it's Moore's time to hear it from her coach. "That's just how Coach Auriemma coaches," said junior center Tina Charles, still a favorite target. "He wants to set the tone for all of his players and let us know, regardless of who we are, this is what is expected to happen and if it's not executed, this is what will happen."

NEWS

Taking A Paige From The Past

By JOHN ALTAVILLA, jaltavilla@courant.com, December 20, 2008

- It has been eight years since Paige Sauer wore the UConn uniform. But when she walks around the ballroom at the Moon Palace Resort, where the Caribbean Classic is being played, it seems like yesterday. The former Huskies center, a captain of the 2000 national champions, has been greeted warmly by UConn fans and team officials. Sauer, 31, is the top assistant at Northern Colorado, and Friday she was sitting on the other bench for the first time against UConn in an 85-40 loss.

NEWS

No. 4 Oklahoma At No. 1uconn

November 30, 2008

Site: Gampel Pavilion Time: 8:15 p.m. TV: ESPN (Pam Ward and Carolyn Peck) Radio: WTIC-AM 1080 (Bob Joyce and Kara Wolters) Series history: UConn, 6-0 Last meeting: UConn, 82-62, Nov. 20, 2005, Storrs Streaks: Oklahoma, W1; UConn, W4 OKLAHOMA (4-1) 5 ASHLEY PARIS, F, 6-3, Sr., 15.6 ppg Reigning Big 12 Player of the Week 3 COURTNEY PARIS, C, 6-4, Sr., 15.0 Has 97 straight double-doubles 13 DANIELLE ROBINSON, G, 5-9, So., 13.6 - 27 assists, 22 turnovers 21 AMANDA THOMPSON, F, 6-0, Jr., 12.6 - Most FG attempts on team (55)

NEWS

Fastest To 1,000

By - JOHN ALTAVILLA, November 22, 2008

Junior center Tina Charles scored her 1,000th career point in Sunday's opener against Georgia Tech, becoming the 31st player in UConn history to do so. She did it faster than all but two players, Svetlana Abrosimova and Nyskesha Sales. ABROSIMOVA Feb. 17, 1999, Gampel Pavilion vs. Providence, Game 63: Abrosimova hit a jumper from the right baseline with 14:35 left to become the first UConn sophomore to reach 1,000. What else happened that day: Geno Auriemma's 350th career victory.

FEATURES

Ralph, Huskies Adjust To Each Other

By JOHN ALTAVILLA, jaltavilla@courant.com, November 11, 2008

For 11 seasons, Geno Auriemma's coaching staff had benefited from remarkable continuity - Chris Dailey, Jamelle Elliott and Tonya Cardoza on board, in sync, operating efficiently. They recruited and coached players who won four national titles. Each knew what the others were thinking. And then things suddenly changed. "There was no evolution," senior guard Renee Montgomery said. "Tonya came in one day and said we need to meet. And then she told us she was leaving for Temple."

NEWS

Ex-guard Happy To Be Home

By - JOHN ALTAVILLA, October 29, 2008

Former UConn All-America guard Shea Ralph, captain of the 2000 NCAA Tournament champions and outstanding player of the Final Four that season, was hired as an assistant coach in July after five years as an assistant for Pittsburgh. Ralph, 30, ranks eighth in scoring (1,678), ninth in assists (456), fifth in steals (252) and fourth in shooting (57.9 percent) at UConn. Here are three questions with Ralph: Q: How has the transition into your new life as a UConn assistant coach been going?

NEWS

Doty Puts Injury Out Of Her Thoughts

By JOHN ALTAVILLA, jaltavilla@courant.com, October 1, 2008

More than a year has passed since Caroline Doty's senior basketball season ended before it began because of a torn left ACL sustained in a soccer game at Germantown [Pa.] Academy. Whereas recovering from the injury was once her main focus, it is now the last thing on her mind as she waits, as patiently as possible, for her UConn basketball career to begin, Even the scar is beginning to fade. "I just try not to think about it," said Doty, who is expected to play both guard spots.

SPORTS

Ralph Already On The Go

By JOHN ALTAVILLA; Courant Staff Writer, August 10, 2008

Shea Ralph went to dinner at the boss's home recently. "It was a wonderful, very intimate evening," Ralph said. "Geno and Kathy [Auriemma] had Jamelle Elliott and I over, and we eventually got to talking about wine when Geno suddenly said, 'Let's open one from 2000.' " A fine vintage. By raising his glass, Auriemma, the wine enthusiast and Hall of Fame women's basketball coach, symbolically saluted the national championship they won together in 2000, when Ralph was a junior, and those championships they hope to win now that she's on his staff as an assistant coach.

SPORTS

Uconn Experience Pays Down The Road

By JOHN ALTAVILLA, July 13, 2008

When longtime assistant Tonya Cardoza left UConn to become coach at Temple, one of the most prized seats on any college bench opened for the first time in a decade. But Tamika Raymond of the Connecticut Sun, who won two national championships at UConn, was not interested. Raymond left an assistant's job at Ohio State to be closer to her husband's new job in Texas. And she will begin her new job as an assistant at Kansas once the WNBA season is over. Connecticut was just too far away and the timing wasn't right.

NEWS

'Rebuild' Not In Geno's Vocabulary

By JOHN ALTAVILLA, jaltavilla@courant.com, January 4, 2009

There comes a time when all college basketball teams must reload, and this season three of UConn's traditional rivals - LSU, Rutgers and Tennessee - are incorporating large freshman classes while trying to compete for a national championship. "When you lose that many players who have been together for so long, it's a really huge transition time," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of LSU, which lost 76-63 to the No. 1 Huskies Saturday at the XL Center. "Their defense is still good, but they aren't scoring as many points as they used to because of all the great offensive players they've lost."

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