<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dog House]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/dog-house http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:23:29 -0400 Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:23:29 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[UConn Well Represented on 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:16:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/2016++Olympic+sue+bird.jpg

The 2016 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team will have a strong connection to the University of Connecticut.

UConn head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is the head coach of the U.S. Olympic team and several of its members have played for him at Storrs.

UConn alums Sue Bird, of the Seattle Storm, and Diana Taurasi, of the Phoenix Mercury, are two of the three captains leading the team. Tamika Catchings, of Indiana Fever, is the other captain.

Former UConn players and 2012 Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles, of the New York Liberty, and Maya Moore, of the Minnesota Lynx, will be back, and UConn star Breanna Stewart is joining the team for the first time.

Another first-time member of the team is Elena Delle Donne, of the Chicago Sky, who was briefly a UConn Husky.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team also includes two-time Olympic gold medalists Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles, both of the Minnesota Lynx, as well as 2012 Olympic gold medalists Angel McCoughtry, of the Atlanta Dream, and Lindsay Whalen, of the Minnesota Lynx.

Brittney Griner, of the Phoenix Mercury, is another first-time Olympian.

USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee has chosen the team, which is pending approval by the USOC.

“Obviously it’s always incredibly difficult to try to identify 12 players from a group of so many great players,” Auriemma said in a statement posted on the USA Basketball Web site.

He has led the USA National Team to a 23-0 record and gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships.

“The committee had a really difficult job this year, because it's the first time in a long time that a lot more than 12 players could easily have been named to that team. But the 12 that were named are a great combination of Olympic gold-medal experience, multiple gold medal winners and great leaders,” Auriemma said in a statement.

He said an influx of young players will be a great benefit this year and will set the stage going forward.

“They will be the future of the USA Basketball Women's National Team,” he said.

DePaul University’s Doug Bruno, the Minnesota Lynx’ Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina’s Dawn Staley will assist Auriemma during the 2016 Olympic Games.

The 2016 Olympic Games will be held from Aug. 5 to 21 in Rio de Janeiro.



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<![CDATA[UConn Women's Coach Auriemma Returns From Hospital]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:42:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-519287790.jpg

University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball head coach Geno Auriemma returned from the hospital on Tuesday morning, the school's associate sports director confirmed.

"He is feeling better and enjoying some time with his family," Pat McKenna, UConn's associate director of athletic communications said. ". Coach Auriemma and his family wish to express their appreciation and gratitude to everyone for their thoughts and prayers."

Auriemma was taken to the hospital on Saturday morning, according to UConn officials.

University officials confirm that Auriemma decided to deplane a flight at Bradley International Airport because he was not feeling well. The coach had been ill for several days prior to the incident, according to the university.

Earlier this month Auriemma missed a parade celebrating his team’s fourth consecutive national title due to illness.

His family asks for privacy during this time. 



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<![CDATA[UConn Women's Head Coach Geno Auriemma Hospitalized ]]> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:22:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-519287790.jpg

University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball head coach Geno Auriemma was taken to the hospital Saturday morning, according to UConn officials.

University officials confirm that Auriemma decided to deplane a flight at Bradley International Airport because he was not feeling well. Auriemma was transported to the hospital for observation where he is resting. The coach has been ill for several days, according to the university.

No other details about his illness have been released.

Earlier this month Auriemma missed a parade celebrating his team’s fourth consecutive national title due to illness.



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<![CDATA[UConn Huskies Reflect on Fourth Win in a Row]]> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:27:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn_Huskies_Reflect_on_Fourth_Win_in_a_Row_1200x675_662967363580.jpg The seniors on UConn's women's basketball team thanked the fans for supporting them and making the trip for the rally in Hartford. ]]> <![CDATA[Crowd Heads to Hartford for UConn Victory Parade and Rally]]> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:48:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn+pride+Sunday.JPG

Fans of the UConn women’s basketball team made their way to Hartford on Sunday to celebrate the team for winning a fourth consecutive national title and the 11th national title overall.

Some Husky fans started lining up six hours early.

“We love our girls, and we want to support them, and we want the best seats in the house,” Andrea Murphy, of Norwich, said.

“You gotta get the best seat, and you gotta get here early," said John Calandrelli, of Enfield, who lined up at 7 a.m. "I’ve been to a lot of these championship rallies.”

“I just love the way they play. They’ve got so many good players and they just know how to get it done,” Judy Vlcek, of Niantic, said.

Lia Murphy, of Salem, is such a big fan that she wants to be like the team and become a basketball player when she grows up.

John Calandrelli, of Enfield, wants to be there to see the seniors, whose college basketball careers are ending in such a remarkable way.

I like to see the reaction of the seniors, because girls come and go and that’s important to experience their joy because it’s so short lived,” he said.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said Coach Geno Auriemma and the entire UConn women’s basketball team have made our state extraordinarily proud and that's something fans definitely agree with.

Unfortunately, Auriemma could not be there because he was not feeling well.

A statement from the governor’s office said no state or city funding was used for this event.

Parade and rally organizers are relying on private donations and business sponsorships to finance the event.






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<![CDATA[Connecticut Celebrates UConn Huskies With Rally, Parade]]> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 23:12:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/parade+xl+sign_uconn.jpg

Thousands of UConn Huskies fans turned out in Hartford on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the UConn women’s basketball team, which made history by winning a fourth consecutive national title and the 11th national title overall.

Police estimate around 20,000 fans attended.

People dressed in UConn gear and holding signs lined Trinity, Jewell, Asylum and Trumbull streets and gathered for a rally after the parade, where the confetti filled the air and the seniors on the team thanked the crowd for being there and sending them off in a celebratory way.

"It's been an amazing four years here for me. I could never imagine that I would come to Connecticut and actually win four in a row. It's always been a goal, but to accomplish it with you guys has been amazing," Moriah Jefferson said.

The drew applause from the crowd.

Breanna Stewart, who won the John R. Wooden Award as one of the national college basketball players of the year on Friday night, thanked everyone for making the trip to celebrate with the team, especially on a day that was a bit cool for April.

 "Once a Husky, always a Husky," she said, which prompted a UConn cheer. 

Head Coach Geno Auriemma was not able to attend the event because he is sick, so associate head coach Chris Dailey spoke on his behalf and thanked everyone who supported the team and the parade.

 "We're just really appreciative of the fans and the support," she said.



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<![CDATA[Companies Offer Deals to Celebrate UConn Win]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:26:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UCONN_SALUTE_GettyImages-519287984.jpg

Companies are offering deals today to celebrate the UConn women’s basketball team's history-making win last night.

Dunkin' Donuts is celebrating by offering a free medium coffee today with any purchase through the mobile app. 

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Follow the UConn Women's Hoops Twitter account for updates.

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MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is offering a MOOYAH Burger and small Hand-Cut Fries for $4, which is over 50 percent off the menu price at all three locations in the state.

The locations are at 722 N. Main Street in West Hartford at Crossroads Plaza Shopping Center, at 1 Dog Lane, Suite 108 in Mansfield at UConn and at 24 Fenn Road in Newington at Fenn Road Plaza.

Moe's Southwest Grill is offfering $3 burritos today at participating locations.



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<![CDATA[UConn Huskies Return to Connecticut With Another Trophy]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 18:39:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UCONN_TROPHY_AP_910167903128.jpg

The UConn women’s basketball team made history last night by winning their fourth title in a row, and their 11th overall, and today is a day of celebration in Connecticut.

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In Storrs, the 2016 NCAA national champions were welcomed back into their home state from Indiana. 

The team would have taken a victory lap around campus to celebrate their 82-51 win over Syracuse last night, then head to a championship rally at Gampel Pavilion, but the victory lap has been canceled because of cold weather. 

For the rally, the doors to Gampel Pavilion opened at 4:30 p.m., with the UConn band and cheerleaders performing. The rally began around 5:30 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: UConn Wins 4th Consecutive National Title]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:16:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*121/AP_997108429261.jpg The 82-51 win over Syracuse on Tuesday gave UConn the fourth straight national championship.

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<![CDATA[Watch Party for UConn Title Game at Gampel Today]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 07:33:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+jonathan+husky_1200.jpg

People who didn't make it to Indianapolis to cheer on the UConn Huskies, will have a chance to watch the national championship game with fellow fans at Gampel Pavilion tonight.

The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free, but you will need a ticket to get in. This is the first time the school has required tickets for entry to a game watch event at Gampel.

Fans can pick up tickets at the UConn Athletic Ticket Office in Storrs between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Remaining tickets will be distributed at the door, according to UConn.

The Huskies are going for their fourth-straight title as they take on the Syracuse Orange Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[UConn Seniors Thank Fans at Send Off]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:25:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn_Seniors_Thank_Fans_at_Send_Off_1200x675_655995459585.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Geno Appreciates Fan Send Off]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:30:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Geno_Appreciates_Fan_Send_Off_1200x675_655987267981.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[UConn Advances With Record Rout, Beats Miss State 98-38 ]]> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 16:02:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/breanna+stewart+uconn+duquesne.jpg

 

Breanna Stewart had 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 1 UConn to a 98-38 record rout of fifth-seeded Mississippi State on Saturday.

 

The win was the 72nd straight for UConn (35-0) and left the Huskies three victories shy of an unprecedented fourth consecutive national championship. Their road to that historic title got a bit easier Friday night when top seeds South Carolina and Notre Dame both lost in the Sweet 16.

Stewart and the Huskies were determined to make sure the upset trend didn't continue Saturday. The best team in the nation put together one of its most dominant games during this run, needing just four minutes to quash any thoughts of the Bulldogs pulling off the upset.

The victory supplanted the record 51-point win the Huskies had over Texas in the regional semifinals last year that set the NCAA record for margin of victory in the regional rounds and beyond.

UConn will face either the Longhorns or UCLA in the regional final Monday night.

Stewart, the two-time AP player of the year, got the game started with a 3-pointer and UConn was off and running. The Huskies scored the game's first 13 points, including 11 by Stewart and Morgan Tuck.

A basket by Mississippi State (28-8) did little to turn the tide as UConn scored 19 of the final 21 points of the quarter, including Moriah Jefferson's basket that just beat the buzzer.

UConn kept it going in the second quarter, converting turnovers and missed shots into easy baskets. The Huskies shredded the Mississippi State defense, which entered giving up just 54.7 points a game. UConn surpassed that with 1:40 left in the first half and led 61-12 at the break. The Huskies fell two points short of the NCAA record for points in a half in the regionals or later. The Bulldogs points were the second fewest for a half in an NCAA regional semifinal, one more than Texas Tech had against Rutgers in 1999.

Stewart finished the opening 20 minutes with 18 points and 13 rebounds and UConn shot 65 percent (24 for 37) from the field.

The onslaught continued in the second half as UConn extended its advantage to 68. Coach Geno Auriemma took out Stewart and Jefferson for good with 3:52 left in the third quarter to a loud ovation from the nearly 9,000 fans in attendance. Tuck, who finished with 21 points, left soon after.

Victoria Vivians, who came into the game averaging 17.4 points, was held to six. She missed 12 of her 15 shots.

TIP-INS:

Mississippi State: The 28 wins are the most in program history, besting last season's 27. ... The Bulldogs fell to 0-11 all-time against No. 1 teams. ... Morgan William fell three assists short of breaking the school's single-season record. ... This was only the Bulldogs second appearance in the Sweet 16. They also made it in 2010.

UConn: The Huskies have won 21 straight NCAA games, tying Tennessee for the longest streak. UConn won 20 consecutive games from 2002-05 before falling in the Sweet 16 to Stanford. ... UConn's senior class has won 148 games over their four years. They are two short of the NCAA record set by the Huskies' class of 2011. ... Katie Lou Samuelson became the third UConn freshman ever to have two 20-point NCAA games, joining Maya Moore and Stewart. She finished with 21 points. Samuelson had 22 in the opening round against Robert Morris.

DISHING THIEF

Jefferson moved up to second on UConn's all-time steals and assists list passing Jen Rizzotti in both categories. The senior guard had four assists and four steals on Saturday, giving her 638 assists and 350 steals — one more than Rizzotti in both categories.

ALMOST RECORD BREAKING

The low for points in a NCAA regional semifinal and beyond is 35 by St. Bonaventure against Notre Dame in 2012. The Bulldogs passed that with about a minute left.



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<![CDATA[Geno on Breanna Wanting 4 National Championships as a Freshman]]> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:57:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Geno_Auriemma_Breanna_Stewart_Four_Titles_1200x675_645957699634.jpg Geno Auriemma said he is glad Breanna Stewart didn't phrase it another way.]]>