NORTH HAVEN, CONN. -- Moriah Jefferson speeds down court. The many quick steps per dribble gives a jitterbug impression as she approaches the top of the key. She is obviously the fastest player on the court. But when she sees a tiny seam between defenders, one quickly realizes how little of the 5-7 point guard's true quickness they were aware of. Jefferson kicks in another gear, slicing through much taller defenders who seem to be moving in slow motion and rocketing to the hoop to drop in the lay-up.
Editor's Note: University of Connecticut sophomore Moriah Jefferson took time out to sit down with Full Court's Jim Clark following the Huskies' 94-64 rout of Rutgers. Jefferson posted 13 points in that game, on six-of-eight from the floor, while doling out eight assists to her teammates. Here's what the 5-7 guard from Glenn Heights, Tex., had to share about herself and the development of her game.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Well before tipoff in Tuesday night's No. 1-v.-No. 2 Jimmy V Classic matchup, I figured UConn would beat Duke by around 20 points or so. So the game's 83-61 final result came as no surprise. There's no question that UConn has had Duke's number in the Joanne P. McCallie era in Durham, and there's one overarching reason for a supremacy that has seen the Huskies emerge the victors -- often in embarrassing routs -- in what is now the last seven meetings between these two women's basketball powers.
The reigning national champion and still No. 1-ranked Connecticut Huskies (10-0) take to the road tonight to face No. 2 Duke (also 10-0) in Durham, N.C., in the Jimmy V. Classic, and Full Court's ACC beat writer Rob Clough will be on hand to bring readers his analysis of what could prove to be one of the best games of the 2013-14 season. The nationally televised (ESPN2) contest between the two as yet undefeated women's basketball powerhouses tips off at 7 p.m. EST.
The once dominant Big East is no more. Its name having left along with the 10 defectors, what is left is the newly-minted and boringly-named American Athletic Conference. At the top, the new conference boasts both of 2013's NCAA Tournament national finalists in Connecticut and Louisville. After that, however, the 10-team league drops off quickly, with just one other tournament squad, USF, among its members.
STORRS, Conn. -- Those women's basketball fans who tuned into Monday night's nationally televised opening weekend match-up between No. 1 Connecticut and No. 3 Stanford, already weary of the mismatched skirmishes that have too often come to characterize the sport's early weeks and looking for a real dogfight between the two powerhouses, had to have been sorely disappointed by the 76-57 rout that ensued.
MORAGA, Calif. – Last season, Saint Mary’s knew it was good enough to challenge for an NCAA tournament berth. It had a slew of marquee juniors and a wealth of experience. It had played a challenging non-conference schedule, going up against Cal, UCLA and Oregon. They’d beaten the Ducks and taken down perennial conference power Gonzaga at home.
NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisville Cardinals took us on a magical ride through this year’s postseason, a ride that opened our hearts and minds to the possibilities implicit in dreaming big. They refused to let injuries, statistics, the expectations of others, an opponent’s home-court advantage or the star power of the game’s biggest names limit their imaginations or their performance.
There will be tension aplenty this Selection Monday evening for the bubble teams and their fans gathered for viewing parties across the country as the NCAA Selection Committee announces the brackets for the 2013 Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. There will be a little bit of drama, as well, as teams higher in the bracket discover their seedings, where they’ll be sent and whom they must play in their quests to survive and advance through the postseason.
DENVER – In one of the all-time semifinal thrillers at the Women’s Final Four, Notre Dame rallied twice Sunday night with the game on the line to oust its Big East rival national heavyweight Connecticut 83-75 in overtime for the second straight year and move on to Tuesday night’s NCAA championship.