Herbst Vs. Herbst At The XL Center; Recruiting Update

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It has not been a good day for UConn with the news that the ACC will extend an invitation to Louisville to join the conference. This leaves UConn behind, wondering what the future holds.

However, UConn president Susan Herbst is likely to gain bragging rights tonight when the second-ranked Huskies face Colgate at the XL Center. Her brother, Jeffrey, has served as the president at Colgate since 2009.

“It wasn’t until after (scheduling the game) that we realized it was going to be Herbst vs. Herbst WWE Smackdown with Susan the president here and her brother the president at Colgate,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said jokingly. “I don’t know whether that’s going to be the halftime entertainment, but I’ve gotten more than a few memos from our fearless leader about what she wants the score to be. So I’m under a little bit of pressure.

“It’s going to be interesting because you never know. Susan might leave in a couple years, and he might be the next president at Connecticut. And I don’t want to (tick) him off before we even start.’’

The origin of this game comes from the relationship Auriemma has with second-year Colgate coach Nicci Hays Fort. She previously spent five seasons at DePaul, serving as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator under Doug Bruno.

“She got the Colgate job and she called me and said, `Hey, at some point maybe we could get a chance to play,’’’ Auriemma said. “I said, `If you need a game, let me know.’ So she called and here we are.’’

Former McMahon High star and Hartford guard Lisa Etienne is in her second season as an assistant coach at Colgate.

UConn 2014 target Recee Caldwell, a 5-foot-9 point guard from San Antonio, Texas, will announce Friday where she will play collegiately. A recruiting source said that she is down to UConn and UCLA.

Aside from Caldwell, the source indicated that the Huskies are also currently involved with 2014 standouts Sierra Calhoun, a 6-1 wing from Brooklyn, Jordin Canada, a 5-6 point guard from Los Angeles, Brianna Turner, a 6-3 forward from Pearland, Texas, and A’ja Wilson, a 6-3 wing from Hopkins, S.C. They already have an oral commitment from Courtney Ekmark, a 6-foot guard from Phoenix.

Auriemma is scheduled to travel to see Wilson play Dec. 7 if she is healthy. She has been bothered by an injured wrist. If not, he will go and see Canada play Dec. 7.

Auriemma will again see Turner play Dec. 8.

Rich

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