The UConn Invitational????

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 26, 2010

CONNECTICUT (BASN) — Here’s a quick look at the upcoming Big East Women’s Tournament which begins Friday at the XL Center in Hartford. 1.

UConn : Tina Charles and Maya Moore. Enough said. The two best players in the country on the best team. They will win the Big East Championship and yet another National Championship for head coach Geno Auriemma.

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Notre Dame : A strong team with unfortunately little inside presence. Head coach Muffet McGraw is doing a great job with what she has. They could be a sweet sixteen team in the NCAA Tournament.

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St. John’s: Once again another great coaching job by Kim Barnes-Arico. Nadirah McKenith is a final nominee for the Nancy Lieberman Award.

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Georgetown: Head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy has to be a candidate for Big East Coach of the Year along with Auriemma.

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West Virginia: Mike Carey has always been one of the best coaches in the country and his coaching acumen is really showing this year. Liz Repella can shoot it from anywhere. They gutted out a tough home win against Rutgers recently.

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DePaul: Doug Bruno is once again working some coaching miracles on the sidelines for this undermanned but talented team. Junior guard Sam Quigley is making people forget about her sister.

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Rutgers: They probably have the second most talent in Conference but are also probably the worst coached team in Conference. They have absolutely no semblance of an offense and without senior guard Brittany Ray shooting from the outside they would be totally lost. Look for them to miss out on an NCAA for the first time in years.

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Providence: Other than the Rutgers disappointment, they are probably the surprise team in Conference. Senior Chelsey Marandola from Rhode Island is pacing the team and may pick up their first NCAA bid in a while.

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Syracuse: They have been up and down all season but any team with a player of the likes of Nicole Michael, the Program’s career leader in points and rebounds has to be considered strong.

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Louisville: This is an off year for head coach Jeff Walz, whose team made it to the National Championship game last season but graduated a lot.

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USF: Once again a team that has been up and down this season with a little help of postseason expectation.

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Marquette: They played Notre Dame tough recently, but have been inconsistent all season.

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Pittsburgh: Another disappointing team which came into the season with high expectations and some Top 25 votes. Chelsea Cole has been playing well but Agnus Berenato has been getting little else.

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Cincinnati: No postseason hopes.

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Villanova: No postseason hopes and a surprisingly poor shooting team.

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Seton Hall: It is time for Phyllis Mangina to go.