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  • 09:17 PM ET  03.23
Writer:  Richard Deitsch
Game:  Connecticut-Cornell
Post Time: 8:37 p.m., Sunday
   

BRIDGEPORT, CT. -- There are no glass slippers in southern Connecticut. Cinderella doesn't live here. The first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament -- especially when it comes to the top seeds -- is an exercise in imbalance. UConn is leading 68-32 with 13:26  left -- thanks to a 22-2 first-half run-- and coach Geno Auriemma's toughest decision tonight will be linguini versus rigatoni for a late supper.

If Texas ends up being UConn's next opponent, it's a team that offers unique credentials for a No. 8 seed. The Longhorns have won five-of-six games and have a coach (Gale Goestenkors) with a tournament win over Connecticut in Bridgeport. (It came in 2006 while Goestenkors was at Duke).

The most dramatic moment tonight, at least for those with a sense of humor, came with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The cheeky folks at the Arena at Harbor Yard played a highlight reel of last year's championship game between Tennessee and Rutgers. When Tennessee coach Pat Summitt's face appeared on the screen high above them, UConn fans booed with lusty delight. They did the same with Lady Vols star Candace Parker, a little less so with Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer. Yeah, it's going to be a fun month in women's basketball...

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