Thursday, April 19, 2018
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UConn's Auriemma gets women's-record extension

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma signed a $10.86 million contract to keep him at the school through the 2017-18 season, UConn announced Wednesday.

Auriemma will be the highest paid women's basketball coach in history, according to the Hartford Courant.

The Hall of Famer, 59, who has coached at UConn since 1985, will make $1.95 million in salary, speaking fees and media fees in the next year. That will gradually increase to $2.4 million in the final year of the five-year deal.

The move comes about three months after the school signed its first-year men's coach, Kevin Ollie, to a five-year deal worth just under $7 million.

"This is just a unique place and a unique situation," Auriemma said. "I'm fortunate that I'm here and that I've been here at the perfect time and the perfect place."

Auriemma also can earn a variety of bonuses based on the success of his program. He would get a half-month's salary each time he wins a conference regular-season or tournament title, another month's salary for making the NCAA Tournament, a month's salary each time he makes the region semifinals and the Final Four and two months' salary for a national title.

SHE CALLED IT: Call it a pair of tweet dunks for Brittney Griner.

Griner became the first woman with three dunks in a game in Baylor's 85-47 victory over Florida State Tuesday night. She had one before halftime, when the 6-foot-8 star apparently tweeted that she wanted two more in her last home game for the Bears.

"Need two more dunks on home court for the best crowd ever!" read a tweet posted from Griner's account, (at)Brittney4Griner. The timeline would match when Baylor was at halftime.

Griner then had two in a 79-second span.

BIG PLANS: A few days after Stanford's season ends, Chiney Ogwumike will pack her bags and leave for one of her longest and most important road trips.

The Pac-12 player of the year is headed to her parents' native Nigeria to be an intern with the Minister of Petroleum.

"Right after our season ends I would have a few days to pack up and head over to Nigeria and that would be for a six- to eight-week span of time," Ogwumike said. "I realized, 'Hey, Chiney, it's way more than a game, you have to start making plans for your future,' and I had the opportunity."

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