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The Women’s Beat with Bob Joyce

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Not an Easy Time Between Games – That would be an understatement however you look at it with the events of the past few weeks. First, the sudden loss of our friend, mentor and colleague Arnold Dean December 8th at the age of 82. That alone brings sadness, yet joy as everyone who knew Arnold never had a bad thing to say about him. My son summed it up pretty succinctly on twitter, “RIP Arnold Dean..A legendary broadcaster, an even better man.” Then as I’m driving home Friday preparing to attend Arnold’s wake, the developing details of what became a terrible tragedy in Newtown. I didn’t know weather to cry or put my fist thru the windshield I was so angry. It’s really sad what our society has turned into. Really, really sad.

20 1st graders taken away from their parents oh so young and the teachers and administrators who risked their lives in an attempt to saves lives. They’re the real heroes in all this. Some perished, others survived…You are ALL in our prayers. And UConn not only is honoring those who lost their lives this week, but they are starting a scholarship fund for current Sandy Hook Students, the siblings of those who perished and the children of the adults who were taken away as a result of this awful event. Yes, we’ll never forget, hopefully learn a lesson as well.

As for hoops, well, it’s a diversion right now. After two physical tests with Maryland and Penn State, the exams are over and for the next month, some travel and basketball only for the Huskies. Kelly Faris has been as good as one can hope as a senior leader, while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has taken the role of the “go to” player. Her performance in the Penn State game not only another example of her shooting ability, but finally a chance to post up inside when she picked up an “And 1″ posting up Maggie Lucas in the 2nd half.

This week, a 5-5 Oakland University (MI) team comes to the XL Center as the Huskies get back to business. The Golden Grizzles are without their best player in Bethany Watterworth, the Summitt League Preaseason POY, who hasn’t played yet this season. And while they have a few good freshman they’ll count on in years to come, it’ll be hard to match up with UConn. Then Saturday, the Huskies’ first in-state road game since 1991 when they visit the Hartford Hawks. I watched the Hawks game w Quinnipiac Sunday. If Hartford is as sloppy as they were against the Bobcats, it’ll be a long day for Jen Rizzotti’s team. UConn has made opponents pay for turnovers lately. But big picture for Harford, this is the highest ranked team they’ve hosted at the Chase Family Arena. They’ll pack the place and it’ll be a great experience. Mid Majors have a tough enough time hosting big time teams. The Hawks are in the same boat as Marist…and it would be a shame to see that yearly matchup not happen next year..

Let me take this time to wish you all a Merry Christmas..If you’re a parent, remember to HUG your kids and always tell them you love them. Life is way too precious..  :)

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