Homecoming date set for Walker as UConn women's basketball schedules two-game series with Virginia

Published on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 18:38
Written by CARL ADAMEC

Journal Inquirer

Megan Walker was the homecoming queen her senior year at Monacan High in North Chesterfield, Virginia.

The UConn women’s basketball team’s sophomore guard will get a homecoming her senior season with the Huskies and an opportunity to be queen of the court in her home state.

UConn has signed a two-game deal to play the University of Virginia. The Huskies will host the Cavaliers in 2019-20 and make the trip to Charlottesville in 2020-21.

The game at Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena will also be a homecoming for UConn coach Geno Auriemma, who was an assistant to the Cavaliers’ coach Debbie Ryan for four years before moving to Storrs and starting his Hall of Fame career in May 1985.

UConn has also completed a two-game deal to extend its series with Baylor. The Bears will travel to Connecticut in 2019-20 with the Huskies going to Waco the following season. UConn is set to take on Baylor at the Ferrell Center on Jan. 3 as the return game for the Bears’ journey to Gampel Pavilion in Nov. 2016.

The deals with Virginia and Baylor mean that the Huskies 2019-20 non-league schedule is full and it will feature the best and most ambitious non-league home schedule in program history.

UConn will entertain Baylor, California, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The Huskies’ road schedule will have them visiting Dayton, DePaul, Ohio State, Seton Hall, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. The contest with the Commodores will be the homecoming for guard Crystal Dangerfield.

The home-and-home series with Oregon out of the Pac-12 Conference was announced by UConn last week, while the resumption of the rivalry between the 11-time national champion Huskies and eight-time champion Lady Vols was announced over the summer.

Walker led Monacan High to three state championships and was the consensus 2017 national high school Player of the Year. She had an up-and-down freshman year at UConn. In 31 games off the bench, she averaged 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.9 minutes.

UConn leads the series with Virginia 4-2 and it will be the third time the Huskies visit Charlottesville under Auriemma.

The Cavaliers won the first meeting 64-43 at University Hall on Feb. 17, 1992, which marked the first time UConn faced a team ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. The second meeting was on Dec. 18, 2006, with the Huskies rolling to a 96-60 victory at John Paul Jones Arena.

Virginia was 19-14 a season ago and reached the NCAA second round before falling at South Carolina. The Cavaliers have a first-year coach in 2018 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Tina Thompson. She replaced Joanne Boyle, who resigned for personal reasons.

UConn heads into the Jan. 3 matchup at Baylor with a 4-2 lead in the series and is 1-1 at the Ferrell Center. The 66-55 victory came on Jan. 13, 2014, which ended the Bears’ 69-game home winning streak.

YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN

The United States team at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, opened play with two lopsided wins in the 3x3 competition on Monday.

After a slow start, Team USA’s broke away from a 5-5 tie to begin the competition right with a 21-9 rout of Venezuela. The Americans then coasted to a 21-8 victory over Sri Lanka.

Team USA features three UConn recruiting targets - Class of 2019 post player Aliyah Boston, and Class of 2020 guards Paige Bueckers and Hailey Van Lith. The fourth member of the team is Notre Dame Class of 2019 commit Samantha Brunelle.

Boston, who is considering UConn, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and South Carolina, is scheduled to make her official visit to Storrs on the weekend of Nov. 2.

The Worcester Academy senior had a team-high six points against Venezuela while Brunelle paced the Americans with nine points against Sri Lanka.

Team USA women will complete pool play Friday when it faces Egypt at 9:30 a.m., and Ukraine at 11:30 a.m.

The Americans are seeking a second straight gold medal at the event, having won in 2014 behind current UConn seniors Samuelson and Napheesa Collier and Notre Dame senior Arike Ogunbowale.



Posted in New Britain Herald, UConn on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 18:38. Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2018 18:41.