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TheRoundUp 11/5: Basketball, soccer shine, football not so much

Your daily collection of UConn news and notes.


UConn rolls past UMass-Lowell, 100-62 - UConn Basketball - Connecticut News
Two preseason games in, it’s clear that the trio of Boatright, Napier and Calhoun can do some serious damage. For the second consecutive outing, Calhoun was lights-out from beyond the arc, connecting on 5-of-6 attempts for 20 points in just 22 minutes. He’s now 8-for-12 from 3-point range in the team’s two exhibition victories.

Notes/Quotes from UMass-Lowell: "No one can really guard us in transition" - UConn Basketball - Connecticut News
I believe DeAndre Daniels is the key to UConn’s season. If he’s aggressive and confident (as he was Sunday in a 15-point, 14-point, 4-block performance), the Huskies could surprise some people.

UConn Impressive; Competition Now Goes from NE-10 to Big 10
The Huskies shot 53 percent from the floor and 43 percent on 3-pointers (6-for-13 in the second half). They scored 26 fast-break points. Ryan Boatright had 22 points and six assists, DeAndre Daniels had a double-double (15 points, 14 boards) as well as four blocks, and Omar Calhoun impressed again, scoring 16 of his 20 points in the latter half and hitting 5 of 6 3-pointers. Calhoun started over Niels Giffey, who chipped in with 12 points off the bench.

UConn Beats Villanova, Advances To Semis - Hartford Courant
Anchored by an assured performance from Andre Blake in net, a confident team defense and Diouf's 13th goal of the season, UConn defeated Villanova 1-0 in front of 4,720 at Morrone Stadium to advance to the Big East tournament semifinals on Friday.

Five Things: 3-9 Not Out Of The Question - Hartford Courant
UConn has scored just three points in the second half since the Sept. 29 win over Buffalo, which also was the Huskies' last win. They have lost four conference games for the first time since 2005. One more loss, and the 2012 team will own the record. Who would have imagined. UConn has Pitt, which lost in overtime at Notre Dame, coming into their house Friday night. They still have to go to Louisville on Nov. 24, the Big East's best team by far. The Huskies will have two weeks to prepare for Louisville. On Dec. 1, in the final regular-season game, they'll play a Cincinnati team that's more physical than the Huskies.

USF ends six-game losing streak - Big East Blog - ESPN
USF got its first two interceptions of the season -- and both came at crucial times in the fourth quarter. Jon Lejiste got the first with 6:27 left in the game. That pick led to a 50-yard field goal from Maikon Bonani to put the Bulls up 13-6.

UCONN FOOTBALL: Huskies alone in Big East basement after loss to South Florida (photos) - SFGate
UConn, for the second time in four Big East games, failed to score a touchdown. The result is that the Huskies return home in sole possession of last place in the Big East and losers of four straight conference games for the first time in seven years.

UCONN FOOTBALL: Huskies having hard time finding any silver linings (video, photos) - The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT
When Williams and his fellow seniors broke preseason camp in late August, the feeling was that all the pieces were in place to make a run at a bowl game. Now with just three games left in the regular season, the Huskies are alone in last place in the Big East. Even if UConn managed to run the table, the best it could do was end the regular season with a 6-6 record.

Stewart a star on the court, 'normal kid' off it - Fairfield Citizen
"You can't tell she's a tremendous basketball player until you see her play," said Eric Smith, Stewart's coach at Cicero-North. "If you talk to her, she's an average, everyday teenager who loves to have fun, hang out with friends, go to the movies, joke around. And then she gets on the court and she can flip the switch and she'll rip your head off because she's just that type of competitor."

John Nash Column -- UConn's Stewart is the real deal and we haven't seen anything yet - Sports
Inside the UConn women's basketball locker room, Stewart reached out and took her uniform in her hands. She slipped it over her head and pulled it on. This was real. She was an honest-to-God UConn Husky.

UConn Women: Just two weeks into the preseason, nagging injuries to Bria Hartley and Caroline Doty have altered the UConn women's basketball picture - Hartford Courant
"An opportunity like this for Moriah and Brianna Banks is huge because now they're getting more opportunities than they were before in practice that Bria would've got,'' coach Geno Auriemma said. "So to put a positive spin on it … it's unfortunate for Bria, but with Caroline being in and out [of practice] because of the tight monitor we keep on her, it's been a lot of good stuff for Brianna and Moriah. I think it's worked out in their favor, although you hate to say it.''

UConn Field Hockey Wins BIG EAST Championship - UCONNHUSKIES.COM - The Official Website of the University of Connecticut Huskies
The win gives the No.5 Huskies (18-2) their 12th BIG EAST Championship as they upset the top-seeded and No. 3 Orange (17-2). UConn trailed 3-1 early in the second half and stormed back with three unanswered scores to earn their first tournament title since 2009.