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UConn crushes FIU in preseason WNIT

Diana Taurasi had 21 points and Swin Cash 17 to lead top-ranked Connecticut over Florida International 91-47 Sunday in the second round of the preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.

UConn plays North Carolina in a semifinal Thursday in Storrs.

Taurasi had three of UConn's five 3-pointers and was 3-for-5 from behind the arc, including a 28-footer as time ran out in the first half.

The Golden Panthers couldn't match UConn's speedy transition game or dominating post play in the first meeting between the schools.

For the first few minutes, both seemed to be in choppy form. FIU missed its first nine shots and UConn hit 3 of 7 for a 10-0 lead with 14:47 left in the half.

It didn't take the Huskies long after that to get their transition game going. With Sue Bird and Taurasi feeding the frontcourt, the Huskies cruised the rest of the way and led 49-25 at the half.

The Golden Panthers managed a small rally in the second half. Gergana Slavtcheva hit a 3-pointer to key a 12-0 run with 12:24 left that pulled FIU within 58-40.

UConn countered with a 14-4 run, hitting 10 of its next 11 shots and ending the game on a 33-7 run.


TUNEUP FOR KNIGHT: Bob Knight realizes he doesn't put his Texas Tech players at ease.

The coach, whose Red Raiders beat visiting Athletes First 83-68 in their final game before the regular season, said dealing with it is what matters.

"I imagine that playing for me is kind of a nervous situation," Knight said. "And I don't mean that completely facetiously because I put pressure on them in practice and in games like this. I think dealing with pressure is important. And I think they're also nervous too because they want to play well, they want to be an improved team."

Knight offered a new look for his second preseason game.

During the first half, Knight wore a gray sweater with a black-plaid design that had "TT" on the upper left portion. He wore a red collared shirt underneath.

After halftime, Knight came out with a black sweater like the one he donned for the first game, when Tech beat the EA Sports Central All-Stars 81-76.

Knight said the one he wore in the first half was too heavy and he was hot.

"Comfort has always been a priority of mine," he said, adding that he doesn't know what Tech students will ask him to wear in the regular-season opener.