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Preview - Holy Cross vs. Connecticut

Holy Cross head coach, Bill Gibbons is a little peeved.

Everyone in the national media is concerned about UConn vs. Baylor and how the Lady Bears can thwart UConn’s winning streak. Gibbons wants to know why anyone isn’t talking about the Crusaders taking down the mighty Huskies.

He thought the same thing a year ago when he printed ‘41 & Done’ shirts for his team. Auriemma said on Friday that they are still in Gibbon’s trunk. As of now there are no ‘90 & 1’ shirts in the works. Geno Auriemma said, "I don’t know why anyone else is talking about it, but I am."

Holy Cross returns three starters from their 2009-2010 campaign and 6 letter winners. Like the Huskies that have five freshman to integrate. They are coming off of their most difficult season ever, after finishing last year 10-21 and 5-9 in the Patriot League. They lost 2 - 1,000 point scorers in Briana McFadden and Bethany O’Dell.

Holy Cross opened their season Friday with a 74-71 loss to Yale.

Starters?

Coach Auriemma is still trying to sort out starters. He is pretty set on 4 out of 5 positions. The one area of uncertainty is Lorin Dixon vs. Bria Hartley. He was looking to sort this out on Friday. He would love to have her scoring prowess off the bench as they need all the points they can get.

2009-2010 Revisited One Last Time

UConn will unveil Championship Banner No. 7 prior to the tip this afternoon. The Huskies aren’t expecting any former players to be present as they pay final homage to their 39-0 Nation Championship Season from last year.

Players to Watch

Maya Moore (UConn) – She is UConn’s All-Everything player. She has been a huge impact player since the moment she stepped on campus. The season might be a grind as she is shouldering the burden of leading these young Huskies to a 3rd consecutive National Championship.

UConn’s Concentration – Everyone is talking about Tuesday and a UConn/ Baylor match up. The Huskies have to get around a perennially pesky Holy Cross team that will make you play their pace. Keeping a young team focused is difficult even for the best motivators.

Whitney Fremeau (Holy Cross) – The senior forward average 12 points and 5 boards a year ago. She is versatile and is the Crusaders top returning scorer.