Crystal Dangerfield, Kyla Irwin, and Molly Bent will get the chance to know each other better next month.
The three University of Connecticut women's basketball Class of 2016 commits will take their official recruiting visits the weekend of Oct. 16, which coincides with the Huskies' annual First Night program.
Dangerfield (5-foot-5 guard, Murfreesboro, Tennessee) attended last year's First Night event and committed to coach Geno Auriemma before heading home that weekend. As a junior, she averaged 15.5 points on 46.0 percent shooting from the floor and 79.3 percent from the foul line, 5.7 assists, and 2.6 steals to lead Blackman High to a successful defense of its Class 3A state championship. She was named Tennessee's Gatorade Player of the Year for the second straight season, the Class 3A Player of the Year, and the Most Valuable Player of the state tournament. She is the top-rated guard in the Class of 2016.
This summer, she was a member of the United States U-19 national team alongside UConn freshman Napheesa Collier and averaged 6.4 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.0 steals as one of the USA's top reserves. She also had an assist-to-turnover ratio of plus-4.75 as she had just four turnovers in 130 minutes on the floor as the Americans brought home the gold medal.
Irwin (6-2 forward, State College, Pennsylvania) made an unofficial visit at the end of the First Night weekend last October and announced her commitment two days after Dangerfield did.
She averaged 20.0 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 steals, and 2.3 blocked shots as a junior at State College High in earning first-team All-State honors. She was the first from State College to earn the award since Katie Glusko in 2002. Irwin will enter her senior season third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,397 points. Glusko is No. 1 with 1,620 points.
Bent (5-9 guard, Centerville, Massachusetts) committed to UConn last June 4 as she wrapped up an unofficial visit.
She has been named a New England Prep School Class A All-Star in both of her seasons at Tabor Academy. Prior to transferring to Tabor, she was a three-year varsity starter for Barnstable High, beginning in the eighth grade. She set the all-time single season scoring record with 549 points in the 2012-13 season and finished her Red Raiders' career with 1,001 points.
Also making an official visit First Night weekend will be No. 1-ranked senior Lauren Cox (6-4 center, Flower Mound, Texas). Cox -- a USA Basketball teammate of Dangerfield and Collier with the U-19 team this summer, and a teammate of UConn freshmen Katie Lou Samuelson and De'Janae Boykin on the 2014 U-17 world championship team -- has taken official visits to Notre Dame and Tennessee and is at Louisville this weekend. After traveling to UConn, she will take her final official visit to Baylor.
Former UConn center Kiah Stokes finally saw a vote go her way.
Stokes, taken with the 11th pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty, was named to the league's six-player all-rookie team on Thursday. This after the 6-3 forward/center finished second in the voting for WNBA Rookie of the Year, Sixth Woman of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year.
The Marion, Iowa, native appeared in all 34 regular season games for the Liberty with six starts. She led all rookies in rebounds (6.4) and blocked shots (1.97) while also averaging 5.8 points. She had a season-best 21 points Wednesday night as New York defeated the Indiana Fever in Game 1 of the best-of-three Eastern Conference final at Madison Square Garden. Her career high in 146 games at UConn was 19 points her junior season against St. Bonaventure.
Stokes received nine votes from WNBA coaches, who could not vote for their own players. Seattle's Jewell Loyd, who was named the WNBA's Rookie of the Year Thursday, got 10 points. Following Stokes were her New York teammate Brittany Boyd (8), Seattle's Ramu Tokashiki (6), Indiana's Natalie Achonwa (5) and Los Angeles' Ana Dabovic (5).
Loyd beat out Stokes for the Rookie of the Year by a 21-16 vote with Achonwa appearing on two ballots. Chicago's Allie Quigley topped Stokes in the Sixth Woman vote by 24-11. Phoenix's Brittney Griner was a landslide winner for Defensive Player of the Year with 33 votes with Stokes getting two votes.