Published April 03. 2013 4:00AM
Storrs — UConn announced Tuesday that it will open the 2013-14 men's basketball season against Maryland on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"We are looking forward to opening our 2013-14 basketball season in such a wonderful way, playing a great program like Maryland in a beautiful facility like Barclays Center," said coach Kevin Ollie in a released statement. "I know all our student-athletes, but especially the ones from the New York City area, are very excited about the opportunity."
It is interesting to note that Ollie added that he "expects" to return his top six scorers and top five rebounders, including All-Big East first team pick Shabazz Napier.
If both Napier and backcourt Ryan Boatright opt to come back instead of entering the NBA draft, the Huskies will return their entire starting lineup from a 20-10 team. They will lose only reserve R.J. Evans of Salem.
Maryland also will likely be a top 25 team, returning eight of its top 10 players including all five starters. The Terrapins, 25-12, played Iowa in the late NIT semifinal game Tuesday in New York.
• Mitchell College out-scored College of Mount Saint Vincent, 5-1, after halftime and went on to post a 10-5 victory in Yonkers, N.Y. David Klapp scored four goals and Demetre Lyras had two goals while Shane Sullivan of Waterford scored a goal and Peter Eshenfelder of Waterford made 18 saves for the Mariners (7-2).
Mitchell can clinch its first ever New England Collegiate Conference regular season title with a win over Daniel Webster Saturday night at New London High School.
• Andrew Freedman scored four goals and Andrew Berry had a goal and three assists to lead 20th-ranked Connecticut College past previously undefeated UMass Dartmouth, 11-5. Thomas Woessner of Old Lyme had a goal and an assist for the Camels (6-2).
• Shannon Connerty had seven goals as Plymouth State (4-1) erased a 15-9 second half deficit with six unanswered goals at the end of regulation and beat Conn College, 16-15, in four overtimes. Amy McDonald scored the game winner with 1:34 to play in the fourth overtime. Taylor Thomas had four goals and two assists for the Camels (2-7)
• All-America third baseman Arielle Cooper of Mystic broke the Eastern Connecticut State University softball program record with a lead-off home run in the first inning of the opener, then hit her 30th career home run leading off the bottom of the seventh inning that ended the second game, as the Warriors swept Springfield College, 8-5, 5-4.
• Mitchell College dropped a 6-3 decision to Regis College in the NECC. Zachary Simmons, Graham Cavanaugh and Chris McKeon won their singles matches for the Mariners (2-2, 1-1).
Faris finalist for defensive award
• UConn senior guard Kelly Faris has been tabbed as a finalist for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Division I Defensive Player of the Year. Faris is joined by Baylor's Brittney Griner and Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike as one of three finalists.
The award honors the best defensive collegiate Division I women's basketball player. Faris, named to the 2013 Bridgeport All-Region Team, leads the Huskies in assists (4.0 apg) and steals (2.5 spg), while also averaging 10.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Sun add Proto to staff
• Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan added Catherine Proto to her coaching staff Tuesday.
Proto joins Jennifer Gillom as the team's assistant coaches.
Proto was an assistant on Donovan's staff at Seton Hall. She also spent seven seasons as the manager of scouting and video operations for the New York Liberty. She assisted in the preparation of practice, team strategies and opponent scouting.
Sun add ticket plan
• Connecticut Sun announced today is offering a Pick Six ticket package for this season.
The Pick Six gives Sun fans the opportunity to build their own ticket package by selecting any six regular season home games on the schedule.
Fans also have the option of choosing five regular season games and including the WNBA All Star Game, which will be held at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 27th.
Those who purchase a Pick Six Plan, priced at either $156 or $186, will enjoy priority purchase for playoff tickets and a discount off the box office price. The Pick Six can be purchased by calling the Sun at 1-877-SUN-TIXX or visiting http://tinyurl.com/d5lpcdu.