PITTSBURGH vs. No. 2 UCONN
Site: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs
Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CPTV (Bob Picozzi and Meghan Culmo)
Series history: UConn, 38-9
Last meeting: UConn, 98-56, Pittsburgh, Jan. 30, 2010
Streaks: UConn, W5, Pittsburgh, L1
PITTSBURGH (9-8, 1-3 Big East)
10 TANEISHA HARRISON
G, 6-0, Sr., 13.8 ppg.
Leads team with 83 three-point attempts and 21 steals
14 JANIA SIMS
G, 5-7, Sr., 14.1
Has started 16 games, leads teams in assists (79) and turnovers (61)
22 CHELSEA COLE
F, 6-3, Sr., 9.4
Leads team in rebounds (9.4) and blocked shots (24)
25 SHAYLA SCOTT
F, 6-1, Sr., 9.0
Shooting 43.1 percent on three-pointers, averaging 7.5 rebounds
23 ASHLEE ANDERSON
G, 5-9, Fr., 4.3
Has started nine games. Shooting 41.2 percent from the field.
42 LEEZA BURDGESS
C, 6-5, Fr., 4.3
Averaging 14.5 minutes, has 36 fouls in 247 minutes.
13 MARQUEL DAVIS
G, 5-9, Fr., 2.6
Has not taken a three-pointer in 246 minutes
UCONN (17-1, 6-0 Big East)
30 LORIN DIXON
G, 5-4, Sr., 2.8 ppg
Took only two shots in 30 minutes against Louisville
14 BRIA HARTLEY
G, 5-7, Fr., 13.7
Tweaked right ankle against North Carolina.
23 MAYA MOORE
F, 6-0, Sr., 24.0
Enters game with 2,600 career points.
31 STEFANIE DOLSON
C, 6-5, Fr., 7.4
Shot 5 of 5 from field with six rebounds at North Carolina.
3 TIFFANY HAYES
G, 5-10, Jr., 15.8
Led Huskies with 29 points against Tar Heels.
34 KELLY FARIS
G, 5-11, So., 8.2
Scored a career-high 20 points at Notre Dame.
The first game of the post-Samarie Walker era could expose problems in the post. Expect Geno Auriemma to experiment with his lineups depending on the situation. More emphasis will be placed on the production of Buck and Dixon. And there could be times when Moore plays the center in a lineup of guards.
Pat Coyle, the former coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty, is now an assistant on Pittsburgh's staff. She was a Liberty assistant beginning in 1998, then became head coach during the 2004 season after the departure of Richie Adubato. Coyle led the Liberty to the playoffs in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, but never won the Eastern Conference championship. In 2009, the Liberty started 6-11 and on July 31 she was replaced by assistant Anne Donovan, now coach at Seton Hall.
Moore comes into the game with 2,600 career points. She needs 179 to tie Angel McCoughtry for most career points in Big East women's history. In case you are wondering, she is 33rd all-time in Division I.