UConn’s series win against Tulane in the final weekend of the regular season was a huge confidence booster for the team, critical in all but securing an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
A look at UConn’s tournament chances in the home stretch
Even though Penders hasn’t take a class at UConn in 25 years, he still dreads exam week every time it rolls around.
“it’s one of my most miserable weeks of the year because you just can’t work with the team very much,” Penders said. “It’s important for them to get some work in on their own in between studying to address some weaknesses.”
The UConn defense keyed in on Duke’s two leading scorers, guards Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell, for the duration of the game. The pair of fifth-year seniors, known as the “Splash Sisters,” were held to a combined 16 points on 6-17 (35 percent) shooting. Brown and Greenwell were responsible for seven of the Blue Devils’ 10 turnovers.
History was made last week when the No. 16 seed UMBC Retrievers took down the No. 1 overall Virginia Cavaliers, the first time a 16-seed has ever beaten a No. 1 seed since expansion of the NCAA Tournament to 64 teams in 1985.