Posts Tagged ‘USA Today/ESPN top-25 poll’

Catamount women streak into Storrs

December 2, 2009

University of Vermont women’s basketball coach Sharon Dawley talked today about her team’s upcoming game with UConn, a juggernaut riding a 45-game winning streak. Here’s audio from the interview.

Dawley said this year’s UConn powerhouse is every bit as good — if not better — than last year’s that defeated Vermont 104-65 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament en route to a national title. The Huskies (5-0) have whipped their competition this season by an average margin of 43.8 points.

However, Dawley said her veteran-stacked squad, led by Courtnay Pilypaitis and May Kotsopoulos, will be fearless in its approach to the contest, set for Thursday night at 7:30.

Vermont (4-0) has 22 votes in the USA Today/ESPN Top-25 coaches poll, which makes the Catamounts the 28th ranked team in the nation.

Could a respectable showing against UConn be enough to move the Cats into the top 25?

UVM women receive votes in national poll

November 18, 2009

For the first time in nearly a decade, the University of Vermont women’s basketball team is receiving votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN top-25 coaches’ poll, released Tuesday.

The last time UVM received votes in a national top-25 poll was at the end of the 1999-2000 season, when the Catamounts won the America East Conference championship before falling to Tulane in the first round of the NCAA  tournament.

Vermont (2-0) is coming off a huge win at N.C. State, just the second time the program has beaten an ACC opponent. The Catamounts still have a long way to go to crack the top 25, considering 18 “others receiving votes” are in front of them.

The  Cats play at Boston College on Sunday.