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Posted on April 3rd, 2021 by Malcolm Moran

Cory Collins covered the 2014 Final Four in Arlington, Texas while a graduate assistant for the sports journalism program on the IUPUI campus. Here is his reflection on the weekend that led to Connecticut’s national championship. By Cory Collins | @CoCoCoryCollins Rarely had it sounded so sweet. Despite some-70,000 bodies standing in the spacious confines …

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Posted on April 6th, 2016 in 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Student Work by fgogola

Rebecca Harris | @MsRebeccaHarris Sports Capital Journalism Program INDIANAPOLIS — With eight minutes to go in the first quarter of Tuesday’s national championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, UConn’s Gabby Williams passed to Moriah Jefferson. Jefferson took a brief look at her coach. Huskies coach Geno Auriemma rolled his hands to signal that they needed …

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Posted on April 6th, 2016 in 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Student Work by fgogola

By Frank Gogola | @FrankGogola Sports Capital Journalism Program INDIANAPOLIS – They sat in front of their lockers and spoke softly. Many hung their heads while others gazed straight ahead at nothing in particular. Their eyes were still red and watery. Syracuse had just suffered one of its biggest losses of the season on a …

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Posted on April 5th, 2016 in 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Student Work by fgogola

By Frank Gogola | @FrankGogola Sports Capital Journalism Program INDIANAPOLIS — Before 2014, the Orange didn’t have an NCAA tournament victory to their name. They had never advanced to the Sweet 16 until 11 days ago, when they knocked off top-seeded South Carolina on March 25. The wins kept coming. They took down perennial powerhouse …

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Posted on April 4th, 2016 in 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Student Work by fgogola

By Rebecca Harris | @MsRebeccaHarris Sports Capital Journalism Program INDIANAPOLIS — Oregon State held UConn star senior Breanna Stewart to two points in the first half, a feat no other team has accomplished. Yet it wasn’t enough to stop UConn’s dominance, as the Huskies’ 80-51 victory over the Beavers sent the Huskies (37-0) to their …

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Posted on April 3rd, 2016 in 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Student Work by fgogola

By Rebecca Harris | @MsRebeccaHarris Sports Capital Journalism Program INDIANAPOLIS — When Oregon State and UConn tip off in tonight’s semifinal game, it will be a showdown between two teams with two very different backgrounds in the recent past. No matter the outcome, the game itself will showcase remarkable achievements made by each squad. OSU …

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Posted on April 3rd, 2016 in 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Student Work by fgogola

By Rebecca Harris | @MsRebeccaHarris Sports Capital Journalism Program INDIANAPOLIS — Each member of the 2016 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team received cheers and applause, yet Oregon State senior Jamie Weisner heard a deafening roar. Waiting only a few feet away from the OSU pep band for her name to be announced, Weisner …

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Posted on April 3rd, 2016 in 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Student Work by fgogola

By Rebecca Harris | @MsRebeccaHarris Sports Capital Journalism Program INDIANAPOLIS — Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma brought levity and emotion to his remarks after he received the Associated Press Coach of the Year award for the eighth time, and the first since 2011. “I want to be sure my name’s there,” he said to laughs …

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Posted on April 2nd, 2016 in 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Student Work by fgogola

By Rebecca Harris | @MsRebeccaHarris Sports Capital Journalism Program INDIANAPOLIS — Connecticut senior Moriah Jefferson led laps around the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, followed closely by sophomore Kia Nurse. Open practice meant that with each pass, the crowd cheered. With each cheer, the 5-foot-7 Jefferson cracked a grin as she shook her head, glanced …

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Posted on April 1st, 2016 in 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Student Work by fgogola

By Frank Gogola | @FrankGogola Sports Capital Journalism Program INDIANAPOLIS – Washington head coach Mike Neighbors took a minute to be serious. His answer came out of the blue given the course of the day, but it was real and unique. While other coaches and players responded that their goal is to win the national …

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