After all the success Maya Moore has had on the court in the first seven games of her career, she wasn’t as successful battling her first snow storm Thursday. She said she thinks the last time that she had seen snow was when she was living in Missouri. That was roughly seven years ago.
Maya got a rude awakening when the white stuff began flying Thursday. She did learn one thing, though. Umbrellas don’t do much to fend off the snow.
“I was preparing myself,’’ she said. “I said I know it’s going to snow soon. I’m just going to put on my coat. I had my umbrella out. It was snowing. I didn’t see anyone else with umbrellas so I may not do that again. But it helped with the wind. My mom called me … `Are you OK?’’’
UConn-bound recruit Elena Delle Donne is sidelined again. This time is has nothing to do with any self-imposed hiatus to clear her head. She is fighting mononucleosis. She scored 33 points in a win over Archbishop Ryan (Pa.) in the season opener Dec. 8 before the illness forced her to miss Thursday’s game at Middletown.
Elena will also not play at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Ariz. Wednesday through Saturday. A member of UConn’s coaching staff not named Geno will be in attendance to check out the abundance of talent at the high profile event. It is unclear at this time whether Elena will be able to play when Ursuline Academy meets Christ the King in Springfield Jan. 18.
“I just found about it Thursday,’’ Geno said. “So I don’t know whether she had been feeling kind of (bad) and then went and got checked out. But (Ursuline Academy coach ) Franny (Burbidge) was saying that she’s been playing great. That she’s doing a lot of things that she had worked on and she’s gotten a whole lot better. Hopefully, they got it in time. I’m going to touch base with her mom this afternoon and find out what the scoop is.’’
With 2,415 points, Elena needs 50 to become the state’s all-time leading scorer (male or female).
A recruiting source said Saturday that due to the Thursday’s storm Geno was unable to make the trip to Houston Friday to see Kelsey Bone, a 6-foot-4 center who is the top player in the Class of 2009, play against Marshall. She had 28 points in a 70-52 win.
Bone is featured on the cover of the December issue of Rise Magazine. She was averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds prior to Friday’s game.
Poor weather also prohibited associate head coach Chris Dailey from traveling to see Taber Spani, a highly coveted 6-1 guard, last Monday in Missouri.