The news spread fast today. When it comes to this day and age it doesn’t take long. There are countless blogs, just like this one. Newspapers, both the hard copy and the on-line version. And word of mouth always does the trick too.
In this part of the world when an opposing player, especially one from UConn’s most heated rivals like Tennessee or Rutgers, calls the Huskies “scared’’ it’s big news. Freshman point guard Lorin Dixon lit the fire after practice Thursday when she volunteered to the members of the media that had gathered around that Scarlet Knights guard Epiphanny Prince, the same player that torched them for 27 of her career-high 33 points in the second half of a 73-71 loss Feb. 5, had said that the Huskies looked scared that night at the RAC.
“Epiph had spoken to my dad (Kirby) before and she was like she saw it in our faces that we were scared and she told her team to bring it to us,’’ Lorin said. “And that’s why they came out in the second half like that.’’
Kirby came across this quote from her daughter today and was completely caught off guard. He said tried to get in touch with Lorin, but her phone was off. He did get in touch with myself as I was sitting at the desk in my hotel room on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago in an attempt to clear the air.
According to Kirby, Prince never once even implied that UConn looked scared or otherwise during a conversation between the two at a recent Murry Bergtraum High girl’s basketball game.
“I’ve got to talk to my daughter,’’ Kirby Dixon said. “She’s totally confused. I was talking to some of my family members and said, `the team looked a little nervous. They looked scared, this and that. And then … We were at a game. I was talking to Piph and I was like I didn’t like the way Lorin played because she had no points. She had (one) assist. And Piph said, `oh, I think you’re being a little hard on her.’ And that was it. She was basically giving Lorin a compliment. I think (Lorin) must have just got it wrong. Epiphanny Prince never said that, and that’s coming from my mouth. That never came out of her mouth. She would never say that. I’ve known Piph a long time. Piph is a good friend of mine. She just wouldn’t say that. She’s just not that type of person to say something like that. My youngest daughter (Cecilia’s) friends with Piph and she was shocked. She was like, `Epiphanny Prince said that?’ I said, `no she didn’t say that.’ Something got mixed up here. If anything that might have been me talking about what me and my sister were saying. I think Lorin just got the words mixed up.’’
In other news, Brittany Hunter returned to practice today. She has missed the last two games and did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. If she’s unable to go against DePaul tomorrow night, Kaili McLaren, who played the best game of her career at LSU Monday, would draw the start.