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Upper Room Christian Academy's Purvis re-opens recruiting, releases list

RALEIGH – Upper Room Christian Academy senior Rodney Purvis has re-opened his recruiting process and announced a revised list of schools he’s considering for the 20012-13 season.

Purvis, a 6-foot-4 senior guard who pulled his verbal commitment from Louisville in May, said he’s now, in no order, considering offers from: Connecticut, Memphis, Missouri, N.C. Central, N.C. State, Ohio State, Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia.

Purvis and his mother, Shanda McNair, said they have no time frame on a decision, but may wait to after they take five official visits, interact with coaching staffs during home visits and thoroughly evaluate each program. 

“Instead of rushing into another decision,” Purvis said. “I get to sit down and talk with the coaches more. Gain relationship with every coach on the staff. Just get a good feel for the campuses ... and see what fits my style of play the best.”

UConn women defeat North Carolina 83-57

CHAPEL HILL – The precision of the Connecticut women's basketball team overwhelmed North Carolina on several occasions Monday night and left the Tar Heels reeling in an 83-57 defeat at Carmichael Arena.

There was little the No. 11 Heels could do but watch and chase as the No. 2 Huskies made baskets at an amazing clip and from all areas of the court to start both halves. 

It was a machine-like and textbook start to the second half for the Huskies. A jumper by senior Maya Moore. A jumper in the lane by freshman Stefanie Dolson. A coast-to-coast drive by junior Tiffany Hayes. Another jumper from the baseline by Moore. Two free throws by Hayes.

And just like that a 12-0 run and a 24-point lead with 16 minutes, 36 seconds remaining. Game over.

Connecticut 81, Duke 48


DURHAM - Connecticut made it look easy, even though the
defending national champions were swarmed, swatted and stressed by a
defensively active Duke women's basketball team.

It didn't matter. The top-ranked Huskies were too much, in the end
overwhelming the No. 6 Blue Devils with cool-headed, proficient
basketball, collecting a 81-48 victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Sept. 12, 2009: UNC 12, Connecticut 10

See a photo gallery of UNC's 12-10 win over Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009.

Spartans move on to Monday

Staff photo by Robert Willett

DETROIT (AP) — Raymar Morgan grinned and lifted his right arm high in the air, saluting a stadium filled with Michigan State fans with a little wave.

The Spartans promised their downtrodden state something good, and boy, did they deliver.

Connecticut crushes Carolina

CHAPEL HILL — In the showdown between the nation’s top two NCAA Division I women’s basketball team on Monday, top-ranked Connecticut proved too much for No. 2 North Carolina, outrunning, overpowering and outmanuvering the Heels on the way to a 88-58 victory at the Smith Center.

The Huskies, now unbeaten in 18 games this season, snapped the Tar Heels’ 17-game winning streak, sending some in the crowd to their cars early and disappointing others who had to tried to prop up their previously undefeated team against an overwhelming foe.

Connecticut unanimous No. 1

AP Sports Writer
Connecticut moved back to being an unanimous choice as the No. 1 team, and showed there may be even more distance between itself and the rest of women's college basketball.

The Huskies, who were one vote shy of being unanimous last week, held all 45 first place votes in The Associated Press poll on Monday. UConn also received all the first-place ballots in the first poll of the regular season.

North Carolina remained No. 2 after barely hanging on to beat Oregon State in the Junkanoo Jam.

"I don't think North Carolina and UConn are really close," said Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale, who has now lost to both teams this season after Sunday's 106-78 thrashing in Connecticut. "Maybe North Carolina had a bad night and UConn had a good night, but there's a chasm between them."

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