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St. Joseph’s women face No. 1 UConn

A UConn basketball team once again looks to squash the hopes of Philadelphia hoops fans.

Natasha Cloud had 13 points for the Hawks against Georgia. Credit: Getty Images Natasha Cloud had 13 points for the Hawks against Georgia. Credit: Getty Images

Just a few days after the UConn men needed overtime to take down St. Joseph’s in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, the UConn women look to squash the hopes of Philadelphia hoops fans.

The Hawks took care of business as the No. 9 seed against No. 8 Georgia 67-57 Sunday and played some of their best basketball in the victory.

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“Our kids played with a lot of intensity and emotion,” Hawks coach Cindy Griffin said. “With each shot we made, we got more and more confident.”

That confidence will be thoroughly tested Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN 2, when the 23-9 Hawks take on the 35-0 Huskies, not at a neutral site, but in Connecticut.

UConn downed Prairie View 87-44 to open their run for a national title Sunday, and hope to follow in their classmates’ footsteps with a win over the only Philadelphia team remaining in a Division I basketball tournament.

UConn has not won a game by any less than 11 points this entire season.

Follow Metro Philadelphia Sports Editor Evan Macy on twitter at @Evan_Macy

 
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