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TheRoundUp 12/24: Diana Taurasi fails a drug test

Former UConn standout Diana Taurasi tested positive for a banned substance used to combat excessive sleepiness.
Former UConn standout Diana Taurasi tested positive for a banned substance used to combat excessive sleepiness.

Diana Taurasi tests positive for banned substance - ESPN
But it all seems very mild: "The Turkish basketball federation said Friday that the substance in Taurasi's positive test was modafinil. Modafinil is used to counter excessive sleepiness due to narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder or sleep apnea, according to the website for prescription drug Provigil, which contains the substance."

Unbeaten UConn Bracing For Big East Opponents - Hartford Courant
Are the Huskies ready? "Coach is going to get us ready if we're not," sophomore forward Alex Oriakhi said. "It's definitely a challenge and I think we're ready for it."

Pitt Vs. UConn: Panthers Selling Standing Room Only Seats - Cardiac Hill
Pitt is hoping to cram a few extra hundred people into the Pete for Monday's game against No. 4 UConn. The Panthers ticket office has decided to make 200 standing room only tickets available for Monday's big matchup against UConn.

Former Husky Ray Allen in Awe of Geno Auriemma's Work With UConn Women - Boston Celtics - NESN.com
"He always takes the best talent, makes them work hard, and makes them realize that they need to work even harder," Allen said of Auriemma. "You take Maya Moore, you take Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery, Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Rebecca Lobo, all these players, they were great coming out of high school. But when they got to UConn, he made them believe that in order for them to amount to anything, they had to work harder than anyone else. He stayed on them.

Spanos Center sold out for UConn | Recordnet.com
The Pacific athletic department announced that all 6,000-plus advance tickets for Tuesday's game were sold out as of Thursday afternoon. ... The previous attendance record at a women's basketball game at Pacific was set Feb. 21, 2009, when 1,917 watched the Tigers face Cal Poly.

Unbeaten UConn Bracing For Big East Opponents - Hartford Courant
Are the Huskies ready? "Coach is going to get us ready if we're not," sophomore forward Alex Oriakhi said. "It's definitely a challenge and I think we're ready for it."