It’s finally official: The Huskies will host national champion Texas A&M in the Jimmy V Classic at Gampel Pavilion Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN2.
“It’s an honor to be in the Jimmy V Classic and to be playing Connecticut,’’ Aggies’ All-Big 12 rising senior guard Tyra White said. “We wanted to play them two years ago in the NCAA tournament, but we lost to Arizona State (in the regional semifinals). And we would have played them this year, but they lost to Notre Dame (in the national semifinals). Getting the chance to go to Connecticut in front of a good crowd, we want to put on a good show and show everyone there what Texas A&M is all about. Beating a team like that would be a big boost for our program.’’
Former UConn star Maya Moore had four points (2-of-8 FG), five rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes as the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Indiana Fever 71-66 in their first exhibition opener today.
Here’s what Moore had to say after the game …
On her debut:
“Not exactly what I wanted, but I thought we made a little bit of progress from some of the initial jitters, working into the flow of this level, just working those things out. I don’t like to necessarily base my performance on points, because like Coach was saying, there’s a lot of ways you can impact the game, so that’s what I try to do. I try to get some assists, get some rebounds, force some tough shots. Overall, I thought I filled the stat sheet a little bit in certain areas, but I’m definitely not satisfied with where I am. I want to keep getting better and keep getting more consistent and staying out of foul trouble too.’’
On her impact on the court:
“I’m just myself. Whenever I’m on the court, on the bench, I’m always trying to provide energy, trying to cheer my team on, try to communicate and be aggressive and set the tone. That’s something I’ll always try to bring and I feel that it brings our team a competitive edge.’’
On the last time she scored four points in a game:
“I don’t remember. I never plan on having four points, so I don’t know necessarily what I’m going to do anything differently besides just continue to listen to the coaching staff and keep being aggressive and taking my time as well. As long as I’m getting good looks… sometimes the ball doesn’t go in.’’