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TheRoundUp 3/26: Huskies clamp down on Penn St., advance to regional final

Former Husky Samarie Walker will face UConn in the regional final on Tuesday.
Former Husky Samarie Walker will face UConn in the regional final on Tuesday.

2012 women's NCAA tournament -- Kelly Faris fuels Connecticut Huskies' defense - ESPN
With Faris in the lineup for the first 6 minutes, 21 seconds of a regional semifinal, Connecticut outscored Penn State 20-8 and threatened to run its opponent right out of the Ryan Center. With the junior guard on the bench for the remainder of the half, Connecticut sweated out a 23-21 advantage.

Kelly Faris: All She Does Is Win -
Truth be told, Geno Auriemma said, much of the focus on Faris over the years has been what she doesn't do. Yet here's the thing, UConn's Hall of Fame coach said — what Faris doesn't do when it matters most is play on the losing team.

Jeff Jacobs: Samarie Walker Is Happy. Shouldn't We Be Happy For Her, Too? -
"Samarie Walker didn't want to be at Connecticut," Auriemma said Thursday. "Her parents are the nicest people in the world. I think they wanted Samarie to be at Connecticut more than Samarie wanted to be. And once that became evident we didn't want Samarie to be at Connecticut. Samarie's at the place she wants to be at and she seems to be enjoying herself and playing well. Everybody lives happily every after.''

Connecticut Huskies to learn 2013 fate within week-10 days - ESPN
Connecticut should learn whether it's eligible to play in the 2013 NCAA tournament within a week to 10 days, according to NCAA president Mark Emmert. The deadline for the Huskies to submit their appeal to the NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance is Monday, according to Emmert.

Jim Penders Gets Win No. 299 As UConn Sweeps -
UConn has now won four games in a row, scoring eight or more runs in all four games. LJ Mazzilli, Ryan Fuller and Billy Ferriter each had two hits. Mazzilli leads the team with nine multi-hit games and has stretched his hitting streak to 12 games.

UConn Football: UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni is willing to take some chances with transfers. l - Hartford Courant
"If he fits our profile from an academic, football and character standpoint I'm all for transfers," Pasqualoni said after practice Saturday. "As long we have a vision for them, a fit and a need for them and they fit the profile of what we're looking for all the way around. … We're not just going to be in the business of taking transfers but we're in the business of taking good players who fit the profile and we feel can be admitted into school here and can get their degree and be who we want them to be."

UConn DB Tevrin Brandon dismissed from school, no longer part of football team
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Brandon -- who appeared in 20 games in his UConn career -- was expelled from the school due to an on-campus incident that was described as a "scuffle." The Hartford Courant cited a different source as saying it was "campus-disciplinary related."