North Carolina State's James Washington, center, is pursued by Connecticut's Ty-Meer Brown, left, and Sio Moore late in the second half of their NCAA college football game in East Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. North Carolina State won 10-7. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

UConn has four players at the NFL Combine with Blid Wreh-Wreh Wilson, Sio Moore, Dwayne Gratz and Trevardo Williams all considered serious draft prospects.

More on the other guys this week, but two of the bigger movers up the draft boards are Wreh-Wilson, a corner who has been talked about as high as a first round pick by ESPN's Todd McShay, and linebacker Moore, who had a coming out party at the senior all-star games and is looking as high as a 2-3 round pick.

Here's an interview Moore did at a press availability at the combine. Hat tip to my friend Zac Boyer, Redskins writer for the Fredericksburg (Va.) Freelance- Star in Virginia, who is at the combine.

Can you move outside from playing inside linebacker?

Moore:  "Of course, man. I'm played the sam linebacker position, the strongside. [I've] taken on -- you name the block,  and I've been able to do that at a pretty good pace. I'm comfortable with how I've played the position of linebacker."Do you feel you're underrated? You're kind of unknown playing in the Big East.

Moore: "I mean, I've always felt like everything I go into, I've got to go into with a chip on my shoulder. You know, I  haven't been given a lot. I'd rather earn everything that I do have or I do gain, so you know, when it comes to proving people wrong, I'm used to it."Give me certain examples of how you prove people wrong, and what haven't you had?

Moore: "I haven't had an opportunity, you know? I had to make my own opportunity. I had to make my own way. Even when it comes  to getting to college, you know, it was something that I had to decide I wanted to do for me, and I was able to make that happen. You know, but being at UConn, you know, there were many years -- pretty much every year I was there, people counted us out. They didn't think we could play with the best of them. They didn't think we were gonna win. Well, you know, three out of the five years I was there, we went to bowl games. We won Big East championships and we went to the Fiesta Bowl.

We have good players and we have good coaches and good people at our program, and it's a great honor to come out to, you know, the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game Bowl as well as the combine and showcase that."

Who is it you pattern your game after?

Moore: "I love the game of Von Miller and Daryl Washington -- you know, two guys who really play the game very athletically, and they can play anywhere on the defense as linebackers. They can play on the line, they can pass rush, they can cover, they can play in the box versus the run and they can play the pass game straight up. I like how that game is played. You know, that's something that I want to prove to teams that I can do as well at a high level."

Given how dominant UConn's defense was, do you think that helped you move on to the next level?

Moore

Moore: "Yes sir, man. I mean, when you put on the film, one thing that happens is film doesn't lie. You know, I like to play the game disruptive as well as everyone on my defense. We play with an attitude, you know? Like I tell everybody, when I go out and play football, I play pissed off. I play with a passion to win and the passion to give everything I have to my teammates."

Are there a couple teams you've felt comfortable in meeting with since you've been here?

Moore: "I've met with a bunch of teams, and you know, for me, I'm a guy that I think I can do a lot for any team that comes with interest to me. It's not just one team. I've been interviewed by quite a few."

Was there was a defensive coordinator who you really liked talking to when you broke down plays or did a chalk talk?

Moore: "You know, I think for the most part, when we've done the extensive work with going through plays or formations, all the coaches are knowledgeable. I enjoy doing it because, you know, aside from all the interviews, I love to talk ball. I like to  get back to football and talk to guys who are smart on it."Has there been a certain situation in an interview where you're doing that?

Moore: "You know, I mean, all of them have their own significant ways, man, and I enjoy the process of getting to know all the coaches and hopefully being able to stick with one."Are you working out at API in Florida?

Moore: "Yes, sir. I'm at API in Pensacola, Fla."

Has that helped working out with other linebackers pushing you through the process?

Moore: "Of course, man. When you work out with other linebackers, the first thing you're going to do is compete and try to make each other better, but alongside, you know you're trying to be better, and at this point in the combine you know you're trying to be better than the next guy. You know, it's a great competition. It's great work."

Who else have you been working out with?

Moore: "You know, I've been working out with A.J. Klein, Jamie Collins, LaRoy Reynolds, Cornelius Washington. We're in a group of those guys which are here now. Arthur Brown. It's a small group of us linebackers there, but we work hard every day."

How important was the Senior Bowl? You showed up mid-week and went out and practiced like you had been there the whole time.

Moore: "Man, you know, I had very little time to really make my case, so the first thing I wanted to do once I got out there was make sure that I showed guys that I'm here and I'm a good ballplayer. I felt like I got overlooked, but I was glad to have the opportunity to come out there and show guys what I'm able to do against the top-tier talent. It was an honor as well as a challenge to really show what I can do."Because you were a late addition, did you have a chance to speak to many teams?

Moore: "It was great, actually, because I met with a lot of the guys the week prior at the East-West, and then when I got there, it was a lot of familiar faces, so I got to meet with a bunch of guys as well. It was like seeing guys all over again."

Do you know if the Broncos were involved?

Moore: "I did meet with the Broncos at the East-West."

Any significance in your first name?

October 23 2010:
Connecticut LB Sio Moore [left] has some words with Louisville's Cameron Graham in the game between the Connecticut Huskies and the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville Kentucky.Moore: "Yes, sir. My full first name is Snorsio. It means ‘God is the greatest,' and Sio means ‘Greatest.' I was born in Liberia. It's a crew name. That's where my family comes from. My named me that. It's a heavy name and a great purpose."

How long have you been here?

Moore: "I came when I was a little less than one year old, so basically … yeah."

Do you still have ties?

Moore: "Yes, sir. A majority of my family is still over in Liberia."

What do they think about football?

Moore: "Oh, they love it now. You know, they've grown to love it throughout the years now, and it's been an amazing experience to see family happy for you and see little cousins there that always want to talk to me about it now. It's cool."

How many guys from UConn are here?

Moore: "There's four of us here."

I guess the question is, if you have all that talent here, why didn't you have a little bit better of a season?

Moore: "I'm scratching my head thinking about it each and every day, man. When you go through the bowl games, you know, you give credit to the teams that are there, but then you look at the teams that we had and what we were doing, it's a very tough situation, but it just shows you how great it is to win because it really is the littlest things that make the difference."

So what went wrong for UConn?

Moore: "You know, I think we had to capitalize and really take effect on all the little things in all three phases of the game -- on defense, on offense and special teams. You know, we could have did a lot of things better. There's times where the defense -- we let up some points when we weren't supposed to."

Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, combine -- it just keeps getting better. What does it mean to you that people are finally getting noticed?

Moore: "For me, I'm glad people are taking notice, but for me, I'm just going back to work. You know, making my statement and proving my point that I am one of the best linebackers in this class, and I can provide a great deal to a ballclub."

Moore

You said you can do everything, but if you had to pick scheme and position, what would you pick?

Moore: "I don't -- I feel like I don't need to pick. You know, I'm comfortable playing anywhere on the  football field. I had great coaches that were able to teach me the fundamentals and techniques of playing linebacker, and so from there, I feel like I was able to just add to that. And when you add to that, it doesn't matter if it's 3-4 or 4-3, if it's the pass game or the run game -- I'm able to play that at an effective level, and I'm proud of that."

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Feb 3, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma during the second half of a game against the Tulane Green Wave at the Devlin Fieldhouse. Connecticut defeated Tulane 96-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Feb 3, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma during the second half of a game against the Tulane Green Wave at the Devlin Fieldhouse. Connecticut defeated Tulane 96-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

A picture is worth 1,000 words, but when Kim Belliveau was standing next to Geno Auriemma in the official photo of his first University of Connecticut women's basketball team from the 1985-86 season she never could have guessed how the Huskies' story would be written.

Belliveau was the UConn assistant coach not named Chris Dailey at the start of Auriemma's tenure. And while she is an answer to a trivia question today, she may have been the best-known person on the staff among the girls/women's basketball world in the state at the time. Belliveau was a star guard at Putnam High -- located in the "quiet corner" of northeastern Connecticut.

She then went on to have a record-breaking career at William Penn University in Iowa where she helped lead the Lady Statesmen to the 1981 AIAW Division II national championship before returning home and starting work on her masters degree at UConn...

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson and guard/forward Napheesa Collier on the sideline as they take on the Albany Great Danes in the first half during the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson and guard/forward Napheesa Collier on the sideline as they take on the Albany Great Danes in the first half during the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Geno Auriemma is no longer the coach of the United States national team, but the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's present and past is well represented on the 2017-20 Team USA pool that was announced by USA Basketball on Thursday.

Junior All-Americans Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier are among the 29 players in the pool from which the 2018 USA World Cup Team is expected to be selected. Also named were eight former Huskies' stars: four-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, two-time Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles and Maya Moore, fellow 2016 Olympic gold medalist Breanna Stewart and her UConn classmate Morgan Tuck, Stefanie Dolson, and Tiffany Hayes.

Available members of the pool will participate in a minicamp Feb. 9-11, 2018, at the University of South Carolina. Collier and Samuelson will not attend as UConn entertains American Athletic Conference newcomer Wichita State at the XL Center on Feb. 10, and hosts former Big East and AAC rival Louisville on Feb. 12 at Gampel Pavilion...

Tags: Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier, Carl Adamec
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CHICAGO (AP) The 11 NCAA championships and 18 trips to the Final Four really weren't part of Geno Auriemma's plan when he became UConn's coach in 1985.

Nor were 1,000 wins. But he's about to get that, too.

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 20 points, Crystal Dangerfield had 18 and No. 1 UConn gave Auriemma his 999th victory with a 103-69 rout of DePaul on Friday night.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Kia Nurse shoots over Michigan State Spartans forward Mardrekia Cook in the first half at Matthew Knight Arena. (Jaime Valdez/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard Kia Nurse shoots over Michigan State Spartans forward Mardrekia Cook in the first half at Matthew Knight Arena. (Jaime Valdez/USA TODAY Sports)

His team had built an eight-point lead in the second quarter against Notre Dame, and University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma decided to give Kia Nurse a break.

It turned into a break for the Irish. By the time Nurse returned 2:15 later, the game was tied. Then when the senior guard went back to the bench after 51 seconds with her second foul, Notre Dame continued its run that gave it a double-digit lead.

But once the second half started, Nurse was on the floor to stay. And at the finish, she and her teammates were at their best. Nurse and teammate Azura Stevens sparked a game-closing 22-3 run as No. 1 UConn downed third-ranked Notre Dame 80-71 last Sunday in the Jimmy V Classic at XL Center.

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Mar 22, 2014; Toledo, OH, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores guard Jasmine Lister (11) looks to get around Arizona State Sun Devils guard Deja Mann (5) in the second half of a women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Savage Arena. Arizona State defeated Vanderbilt 69-61. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Weber)
Mar 22, 2014; Toledo, OH, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores guard Jasmine Lister (11) looks to get around Arizona State Sun Devils guard Deja Mann (5) in the second half of a women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Savage Arena. Arizona State defeated Vanderbilt 69-61. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Weber)

Jasmine Lister knows what it's like to be on the opposite sideline from the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. The former Vanderbilt University point guard faced the Huskies in the 2013 NCAA tournament second round at Gampel Pavilion.

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SNY's Justine Ward chats with UConn head coach Geno Auriemma about the off-beat things going on in the world of sports.

SNY's Justine Ward chats with UConn head coach Geno Auriemma about the off-beat things going on in the world of sports.

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The UConn Huskies played Syracuse at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden and fell to the Orange by a final score of 72-63.

Oshae Brissett had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Tyus Battle scored 22 points to lead Syracuse past UConn 72-63 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The former Big East rivals failed to play a familiar classic at the Garden that had defined their series as one of the best in basketball. But fans of both teams enjoyed the give-and-take chants that filled a mostly full MSG on the night.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson reacts to a play against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson reacts to a play against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The XL Center's sellout crowd was already in full throat Sunday as the University of Connecticut women's basketball team was in the midst of its biggest comeback in almost a decade.

Then the 15,564 fans found another level with 4:50 left when junior All-American Katie Lou Samuelson -- who had gone to the UConn locker room several minutes earlier to get her left ankle examined -- returned to the Huskies' bench. She sat down next to associate head coach Chris Dailey and hoped to convince head coach Geno Auriemma she was ready to be part of the rally.

"I thought I would be able to go back in, and I was pretty bummed that I didn't," Samuelson said. "But when your teammates are playing that great, I was happy to watch and support them the best I could. We showed we're going to have that heart and that fight no matter who is out there."

Without Samuelson and fellow All-American Gabby Williams (migraine), UConn used a closing 22-3 run to gain an 80-71 win over No. 3 Notre Dame in the annual Jimmy V Classic.

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The UConn Huskies rallied in the fourth quarter to preserve their perfect record and beat Notre Dame, 80-71, on Sunday.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Azura Stevens was playing in her first game for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team against Notre Dame, but had faced the Irish four times in her two years at Duke.

Did being familiar with Notre Dame help the redshirt junior forward Sunday?

"Besides the familiarity of wanting to beat them? Not really," Stevens said with a laugh.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson drives the ball against Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Marina Mabrey in the first half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson drives the ball against Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Marina Mabrey in the first half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 18 points, Azura Stevens added 17 and top-ranked UConn rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat No. 3 Notre Dame 80-71 on Sunday in the Jimmy V Classic.

The Huskies (7-0) trailed 65-54 early in the fourth quarter before scoring 21 of the next 26 points, much to the delight of the sellout crowd of 15,558 fans that took in the latest game between the former Big East rivals.

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Napheesa Collier entered her junior season with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team coming off one of the best sophomore years in Huskies' history that ended with her being a consensus first-team All-American and the American Athletic Conference's Co-Player of the Year.

But she was determined to be better and set a goal of expanding her game in the hopes of helping UConn regain the national championship. The top-ranked Huskies are off to a solid start as they prepare to host No. 3 Notre Dame in the Jimmy V Classic at the XL Center in Hartford Sunday at 4 p.m.

Collier, though, is not that happy with herself.

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Nov 29, 2017; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) reacts after play against the Columbia Lions in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 29, 2017; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) reacts after play against the Columbia Lions in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

UConn men's basketball host the Monmouth Hawks today at 4 p.m., looking to get their sixth win of the season.

On Wednesday, the Huskies beat Columbia 77-73 in overtime. Senior guard Christian Vital scored 29 points in the win.

"Our defense was shaky at first, but we really buckled down in the second half," Vital said, via Associated Press. "That's what I love about this team. No matter the adversity that we hit, I feel our best chances are going to win the game." 

Monmouth are looking to get their season off the ground, starting 3-4.

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Nov 17, 2017; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) works for the ball against California Golden Bears forward CJ West (30) in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 17, 2017; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) works for the ball against California Golden Bears forward CJ West (30) in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. - The obvious sign that there was something wrong with Katie Lou Samuelson two weeks ago was her taking herself out of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's game against California.

The Huntington Beach, California native takes herself out of games almost as often as it snows in her hometown.

The Huskies' junior All-American had fallen to the Gampel Pavilion floor awkwardly after being fouled in the second quarter of the Nov. 17 game. After her teammates got her back to her feet, she limped her way towards the UConn sideline and signaled to coach Geno Auriemma she needed to be replaced. By the time she got to the bench, athletic trainer Janelle Francisco was waiting to attend to her...

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UConn mens's basketball defeated Columbia, 77-73, in overtime on Wednesday night, avoiding a close upset bid.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Christian Vital scored 29 points, seven of them to go along with a key steal in overtime as UConn came back from a 15-point second-half deficit Wednesday night to beat Columbia 77-73.

Antwoine Anderson added 14 points for the Huskies (5-2), who trailed for more than 36 minutes.

Lukas Meisner had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead Columbia (1-5).

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Connecticut Huskies forward Gabby Williams (15) is greeted by teammates after coming out of the game during the second half against the East Carolina Pirates at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. (James Guillory)
Connecticut Huskies forward Gabby Williams (15) is greeted by teammates after coming out of the game during the second half against the East Carolina Pirates at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. (James Guillory)

It was a delay of game that the University of Connecticut women's basketball team was happy to accept. A year ago, the Huskies were looking into scheduling a homecoming game for Sparks, Nevada, native Gabby Williams, who was on her way to an All-American junior season. The only problem was that UConn's 13-game non-league schedule -- which included the recently-added Nike PK80 Invitational in Eugene, Oregon -- was filled.

Enter Seton Hall and coach Tony Bozzella.

UConn and Seton Hall had signed a deal to start a home-and-home series during the 2017-18 season. But the Huskies reached out to Bozzella and the Pirates, who agreed to push back the series by one year giving UConn the opening to schedule Tuesday night's game against Nevada in Reno.

Tags: Azura Stevens, Crystal Dangerfield, Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson, Kia Nurse, Napheesa Collier, Carl Adamec
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Dec 7, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Kia Nurse (11) drives to the basket as Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Brianna Turner (11) defends in the second quarter at the Purcell Pavilion. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 7, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Kia Nurse (11) drives to the basket as Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Brianna Turner (11) defends in the second quarter at the Purcell Pavilion. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

RENO (AP) Kia Nurse scored 27 points, hitting all eight of her 3-point attempts, and Gabby Williams added 18 points in her homecoming to help No. 1 UConn beat Nevada 88-57 on Tuesday night.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Gabby Williams drives the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks center Alaina Coates in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)
Connecticut Huskies guard Gabby Williams drives the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks center Alaina Coates in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)

When Gabby Williams talks about how far she's come in the last four years, it has little to do with the distance she traveled to be part of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.

The journey hits home for the Sparks, Nevada, native Tuesday night when the senior All-American leads the top-ranked Huskies onto the floor in neighboring Reno for a game with the University of Nevada at the Lawlor Events Center.

"I want to show the people that saw me play in high school that I'm now a totally different player," Williams said. "I want to show them how much I've improved, and how I am a different player in the new position that I'm in. And I'm excited for that. But then I have a lot of friends who don't even understand basketball that much, and they're just excited to see me play in person and see and meet my teammates. That's exciting for me, too...

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Connecticut Huskies forward David Onuorah and guard Jalen Adams defend against Stony Brook Seawolves forward Tyrell Sturdivant in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies forward David Onuorah and guard Jalen Adams defend against Stony Brook Seawolves forward Tyrell Sturdivant in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Jaylen Barford scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half, and Arkansas used a huge second-half run to rout Connecticut 102-67 on Sunday in the consolation bracket of the PK80 Invitational.

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UConn women's basketball had a wire-to-wire 96-62 victory over the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday afternoon.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Azura Stevens recorded one of three UConn double-doubles and reached 1,000 points for her career as the top-ranked Huskies beat Michigan State 96-62 at the PK80 Invitational on Saturday.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn football 00:00:51
UConn football rallied in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati to get within a point but couldn't convert on the PAT and lost, 22-21.

CINCINNATI (AP) Haden Moore scored on a 4-yard run with 1:28 left to lead Cincinnati to a 22-21 win over Connecticut on Saturday.

Cincinnati (4-8, 2-6) got the ball on its own 36-yard line with 3:13 left before driving to break a 15-all tie.

Connecticut scored with no time on the clock. David Pindell found Hergy Mayala from 2 yards out for a touchdown. But Connecticut was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and Michael Tarbutt missed the 36-yard conversion attempt.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier reacts with guard Gabby Williams after a play against the UCF Knights in the second half of the semifinals during the women's AAC Conference Tournament at Mohegun Sun Arena. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier reacts with guard Gabby Williams after a play against the UCF Knights in the second half of the semifinals during the women's AAC Conference Tournament at Mohegun Sun Arena. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

The Connecticut Huskies will look to improve on their perfect 4-0 start today against the Michigan State Spartans. This will be the first time this season the no. 1 Huskies will be facing an unranked opponent. 

UConn last played on Tuesday, when they beat the no. 5 ranked UCLA Bruins and won 78-60 behind 23 points from Napheesa Collier and 17 points from Crystal Dangerfield.

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Nov 18, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Connecticut Huskies quarterback David Pindell (5) throws a pass against the Boston College Eagles in the first quarter at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 18, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Connecticut Huskies quarterback David Pindell (5) throws a pass against the Boston College Eagles in the first quarter at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

In their final game of the season, UConn football (3-8) travel to Cincinnati (3-8) with both teams looking to end 2017 on a positive note. 

UConn has lost four straight while Cincinnati has dropped seven of their last eight. 

Last week, UConn lost to Boston College 39-14 at Fenway Park.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Kia Nurse dribbles the ball as Maryland Terrapins guard Ieshia Small defends in the first half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard Kia Nurse dribbles the ball as Maryland Terrapins guard Ieshia Small defends in the first half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Kia Nurse is an academic All-American, yet she struggles to comprehend a pair of one-syllable words when used together:

Slow down.

For example, Nurse scored 12 points and Team Canada won the gold medal at FIBA AmeriCup 2017 with a 67-65 win over host Argentina in Buenos Aires on Aug. 13. The next day, she flew to Italy -- a journey of approximately 6,930 miles -- and on Aug. 15, she scored 18 points in the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's 68-52 exhibition win over the Dutch national team in Rome.

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UConn men's basketball pulled away late to defeat Oregon on Thanksgiving, 71-63.

Terry Larrier scored 18 points, Alterique Gilbert and Jalen Adams both added 16 points each, and Connecticut knocked off Oregon 71-63 in the opening round of the PK80 Invitational on Thursday night.

The Huskies (4-0) overcame an awful night of shooting to knock off the Ducks playing essentially a home game a couple hours north of their campus in Eugene. Most of the lower bowl at Moda Center was clad in green and yellow but went home disappointed at Oregon's first loss of the season.

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Credit: USA Basketball (USA Basketball)

Geno Auriemma and his University of Connecticut women's basketball coaching staff deserved to take a break after signing two of top players in the high school Class of 2018 this month.

But the Huskies didn't win 11 national championships and advance to 18 NCAA Final Fours by resting on their laurels. In modern-day recruiting, a coach's work is never done.

While UConn may add to its class of Christyn Williams (5-foot-11 guard, Little Rock, Arkansas) and Olivia Nelson-Ododa (6-foot-4 forward/center, Winder, Georgia), some focus has turned to younger players, including two who represented their country for the first time last summer...

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Playing without Katie Lou Samuelson, the UConn Huskies snapped UCLA's 32-game home winning streak Tuesday night.

Napheesa Collier scored 23 points and had five steals as the No. 1 Huskies romped the No. 5 Bruins, 78-60, in Los Angeles on Tuesday night and hand UCLA its first loss of the season.

Collier added seven rebounds and shot 9-for-15 from the field to lead the team in both points and field goal attempts. Gabby Williams and Crystal Dangerfield also excelled in the victory, with the former finishing just two points shy of a double-double. Williams had 11 rebounds and three steals in what was a great defensive effort for the Huskies. Dangerfield finished second in points with 17 on the night.

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Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they take on the California Golden Bears in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they take on the California Golden Bears in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

There are few, if any, college basketball arenas in the nation with the history and tradition of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

The 11-time national champion University of Connecticut women's basketball team will play under the UCLA men's 11 national championship banners for the second time in its history Tuesday night. The No. 1 Huskies figure to have their toughest matchup of the young season as they take on the fifth-ranked Bruins in a nationally-televised showdown.

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UConn tops BU, improves to 3-0 00:02:09
UConn defeats Boston University, 85-66, to improve to 3-0 to start the year. Michelle Yu and Vin Parise break down highlights of the win.

Christian Vital scored a career high 30 points to lead Connecticut to an 85-66 win over Boston University on Sunday.

The sophomore guard hit nine of his 15 shots and was 4 of 10 from 3-point range.

Jalen Adams had 12 points and Terry Larrier and Antwoine Anderson each scored 11 for UConn (3-0).

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Azura Stevens reacts after her basket against the Maryland Terrapins in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Azura Stevens reacts after her basket against the Maryland Terrapins in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- It's not like Azura Stevens hasn't started a game before. The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's redshirt junior forward was on the floor for the opening tip 51 of the 58 games she played in two seasons at Duke before transferring here 18 months ago.

But this is not Duke. And with All-American Katie Lou Samuelson sidelined with a sprained left foot, Stevens is -- what All-American Gabby Williams says -- "the next man up." In Stevens' first start for UConn on Sunday, the Raleigh, North Carolina, native responded.

Stevens finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds -- one of six Huskies in double figures and one of three with double-doubles -- as top-ranked UConn coasted to a 97-72 win over No. 15 Maryland before 10,126 at XL Center.

"Z did well, really well, and I was proud of her," Williams said. "She came in and knew what she was good at. She didn't look afraid. She was ready to go out there and compete."

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The No. 1 ranked UConn Huskies defeated the Maryland Terrapins on Sunday night by the score of 97-72.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Kia Nurse scored 21 points to lead six UConn players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies routed No. 15 Maryland 97-72 on Sunday.

Tags: Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson, Kia Nurse
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Nov 14, 2017; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) drives to the basket to score against Stony Brook Seawolves forward Tyrell Sturdivant (12) in the second half at XL Center. UConn defeated Stony Brook 72-64. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 14, 2017; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) drives to the basket to score against Stony Brook Seawolves forward Tyrell Sturdivant (12) in the second half at XL Center. UConn defeated Stony Brook 72-64. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

Connecticut will host Boston University on Sunday at 6 p.m.

 

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Feb 27, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) looks to get past South Florida Bulls forward Kitija Laksa (33) in the first half at USF Sun Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 27, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) looks to get past South Florida Bulls forward Kitija Laksa (33) in the first half at USF Sun Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

The Connecticut Huskies will look to win their third game of the season on Sunday when they host No. 15 Maryland at 1:30 p.m.

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Nov 18, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Connecticut Huskies quarterback David Pindell (5) hands off the ball to running back Kevin Mensah (34) as they take not he Boston College Eagles in the second half at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 18, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Connecticut Huskies quarterback David Pindell (5) hands off the ball to running back Kevin Mensah (34) as they take not he Boston College Eagles in the second half at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

BOSTON (AP) AJ Dillon rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns, breaking free on a 48-yard run and a 53-yard score on Saturday night to lead Boston College to a 39-16 victory over UConn on the wet and worn-out turf at Fenway Park.

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Geno Auriemma Show: Geno On.. 00:01:38
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma gives his thoughts on why offense is the first thing he teaches every year to start the season.

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(David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. -- It had to feel like deja vu all over again for Katie Lou Samuelson.

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's junior All-American hit the floor after being fouled with 4:02 left in the first half Friday night. After being helped to her feet, she gingerly took a few steps on her injured left foot and signaled to the Huskies' bench she needed to come out of the game.

In the 2016 NCAA Final Four semifinals against Oregon State in Indianapolis, Samuelson broke a bone in her left foot while grabbing an offensive rebound in the game's opening minute but managed to play the entire first half. She missed the national championship game against Syracuse two days later but then had seven months to recover.

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Huskies All-Access: 2018 prep 00:10:53
The UConn Women's team looks back on falling short of winning another national title and how that motivated them for the 2018 season.

GEICO SportsNite: UConn tops Cal 00:01:32
The UConn Huskies defeated California handily, 82-47, in their home opener and on the night they honored Rebecca Lobo.

Crystal DangerfieldNapheesa Collier, and Kia Nurse tallied 14 points apiece as the Huskies took down the Bears, 82-47, in their home opener. 

Collier took the most shots of the starting five, netting 6-of-13 while converting one of her two free throws. Gabby Williams scored 13 points while Katie Lou Samuelson netted 12 points. Off the bench, Azura Stevens finished with 11 points as well. 

UConn held Cal to just 37.7 percent from the field while Kristine Anigwe was the only double-digit scorer with 14 points. 

The Huskies take on No. 15 Maryland on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion.

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(Kevin Jairaj)

The Univerisity of Connecticut Lady Huskies take on the No. 20 California Bears in their home opener at the Gampel Pavilion on Friday. 

The Huskies are led by Crystal Dangerfield, who notched a career-high 24 points over Stanford on Sunday. Katie Lou Samuelson also poured in 21 points in 31 minutes on Sunday. 

It will be a special home opener for UConn as they honor Huskies great Rebecca Lobo, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in September. 

UConn is 31-1 in home openers under Geno Auriemma. The Bears will look to taint that record, but they will be without G Mi'Cole Cayton, who is out with a season-ending knee injury she sustained in their first game last week. 

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Huskies All Access takes you inside the UConn basketball program with Geno Auriemma, premieres Friday at 9:00pm on SNY.

Huskies All Access takes you inside the UConn basketball program with Geno Auriemma.

Tune in to the season premiere tonight at 9 p.m. on SNY!

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Former Husky Rebecca Lobo was honored before Friday's game after being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

STORRS, Conn. -- It was 26 years ago -- Nov. 24, 1991, to be exact -- that Rebecca Lobo played her first game for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team as the Huskies took on California in Berkeley.

The coincidence that Lobo will become the first former UConn player to have her own banner recognizing her 2017 induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame placed in Gampel Pavilion on Friday with No. 20 California here to face the Huskies (SNY, 7 p.m.) wasn't lost on coach Geno Auriemma.

"It's amazing the way things come around," Auriemma said on Thursday. "How many years later, 26? She's getting a banner here and we're playing Cal. What are the chances, right? That is the craziest thing."

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On the season premiere of The Geno Auriemma Show, the freshman learn the ropes from a legend, check it out Friday at 10:00 p.m. on SNY.

On the season premiere of The Geno Auriemma Show, the freshmen learn the ropes from a legend.

Check it out Friday at 10 p.m. on SNY.

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Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they take on the LSU Tigers in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II)
Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they take on the LSU Tigers in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II)

It was better late than never for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Actually, the fall recruiting signing period could not have gone any better for the Huskies.

Olivia Nelson-Ododa, a 6-foot-4 center from Winder, Georgia, has signed a letter of intent to attend UConn on Wednesday, the final day of the fall signing period. Rated the No. 5 recruit in the Class of 2018 by ESPNHoopgurlz, she also considered Duke, Florida State, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Last week, UConn signed the nation's top recruit, Christyn Williams, a 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock, Arkansas...

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UConn earned their second win of the young season by beating Stony Brook at home by a score of 72-64. Michelle Yu breaks down the top plays.

UConn guard Jalen Adams came back from a one-game suspension to score 19 points and the Huskies came from behind to beat Stony Brook 72-64 on Tuesday night.

Adams scored all of his points in the second half, helping the Huskies recover from a nine-point deficit with just 5 1/2 minutes to play.

The junior, who missed all five of his first half shots, went 8 of 11 after intermission. >> Read more

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Vin Parise goes to the touchscreen to analyze how Terry Larrier was able to erupt for 27 points against Colgate in Friday's season opener.

Nov 10, 2017; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Isaiah Whaley (5) reacts after a play against the Colgate Raiders in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Colgate 70-58. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 10, 2017; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Isaiah Whaley (5) reacts after a play against the Colgate Raiders in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Colgate 70-58. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

The Univeristy of Connecticut men's basketball team kick off their regular season against the Colgate Raiders on Friday night in the Gampel Pavilion. 

Head coach Kevin Ollie and his team played three exhibition games against Providence, Merrimack and Queens College. His team will be without junior G Jalen Adams, who was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. He was a All-AAC First Team selection last season. 

Terry Larrier and Alterique Gilbert are returning from injuries for the Huskies, and should provide quality minutes for the team. 

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(David Butler II)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With three returning All-Americans, a four-year starter, a dynamic young point guard, and talented newcomers, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team has the pieces to win a national championship.

For 20 minutes against No. 10 Stanford, the Huskies looked the part as they built an insurmountable 35-point lead. It was so insurmountable that they were never threatened in the second half though their play was quite forgettable.

Great teams, says All-American Gabby Williams, play 40 minutes every game. Top-ranked UConn showed it has the potential to get there in its 78-53 season-opening rout of the Cardinal at the Countdown to Columbus event at Nationwide Arena Sunday. But there's plenty of work to do if the Huskies hope to be back here for the final weekend of the season.

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(Matthew Emmons)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Its NCAA record winning streak was snapped on March 31, but another run that pre-dates the birth of any current University of Connecticut women's basketball player was on the line at Nationwide Arena Sunday.

The Huskies, coming off their loss to Mississippi State that ended their 111-game streak and season in the Final Four semifinals, has not dropped back-to-back games since losing the final three of the 1992-93 season. The oldest Huskies -- transfers Azura Stevens and Batouly Camara, along with senior Kia Nurse -- were not born until February, 1996.

And Stanford, which ended UConn's 90-game winning streak in 2010 and its 47-game winning streak in 2014, would get the shot at putting another run to rest. But the Cardinal weren't playing in Maples Pavilion and they do not have the talent and athleticism of those past teams that beat the Huskies.

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UConn women's basketball opened its season with a dominant win over 10th ranked Stanford, 78-53.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Crystal Dangerfield scored 24 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 21 to help top-ranked UConn rout No. 10 Stanford 78-53 on Sunday.

Tags: Crystal Dangerfield, Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier
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The UConn football team fell to the undefeated UCF Golden Knights, 49-24.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Otis Anderson rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns, McKenzie Milton passed for 311 yards and No. 14 Central Florida pulled away from UConn for a 49-24 victory on Saturday.

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