Lacrosse head coach Katie Woods and former men’s head basketball coach Hugh Greer ’26 (CANR) will be inducted as part of the inaugural class of the South Windsor High School Hall of Fame on March 2.
Woods begins her third season as head coach on Saturday as the Huskies take on Iona at 1 p.m. in New Rochelle, N.Y.
“I’m very honored and humbled by it,” Woods said on Thursday. “It’s not something I would have ever expected.
Woods was a star in soccer, basketball and lacrosse before graduating South Windsor High in 1997. She went onto compete in soccer as a goalie and lacrosse as a midfielder at Drew University in Madison, N.J., where she became a two-time regional All-American in both sports and a U.S. Lacrosse All-American in 2001, her senior year. She was inducted into the Drew University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Woods said playing sports throughout her high school career helped to prepare her for being a student-athlete in college.
“It really comes down to being able to manage time” she said. “For me there was no question I went to practice, went home, had dinner and did homework. Ultimately that prepared me for the next level.”
Woods, who holds several goalkeeping records at Drew, has posted back-to-back winning seasons for the Huskies lacrosse team and returns a roster of experienced student-athletes for 2013 as well as working with 10 accomplished freshmen.
“I’m excited. It’s rare to have a lacrosse team with 13 seniors. They really want to make it count and get as far was we want t go,” Woods said. “It’s also exciting to welcome in such an exciting freshman class. Our intention is to get better with every game.”
Greer, a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame who died in 1963, led the Huskies to its first seven NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance from 1946 to 1963. He posted an overall record of 286-112 at UConn.
Before coaching in Storrs, Greer was head boy’s basketball coach at Ellsworth Memorial High School, which is now South Windsor High School, where he won five state championships.
Never mind that Shabazz Napier ’14 (CLAS) had only managed two points on free throws in the second half, after scoring 11 in the first 20 minutes against Cincinnati (19-8, 7-7 Big East) on Thursday at the XL Center. When the game was on the line at the end of regulation there was no question in Kevin Ollie’s mind in who’s hands he wanted the ball.
Napier tied the score at 55 with a 3-point shot with 40 seconds left in regulation and almost won the game as time expired on a missed layup. Then in overtime, he took the Huskies on his back and scored 11 of the team’s 18 points for the 73-66 win. He ended the game as the leading scorer with 27 points, including 6 of 9 3-pointers.
“It was a great, gutty win. The overtime was terrific,” Ollie said. “Shabazz was spectacular. He has no fear. He’s a leader who has no fear of failure. It was a great game.”
Added Napier: “I just have a more aggressive attitude toward the game in overtime. I feel like my team needs me much more. I just want to take some shots and have confidence in my shots and just knock them down for my teammates.”
DeAndre Daniels ’15 (CLAS) hit three of four 3-point shots and scored 17 points while freshman Omar Calhoun ’16 (CLAS) added 10 points and pulled in 6 rebounds.
“Six rebounds is big; that’s what we wanted him to do,” said Ollie about Calhoun in noting how the Huskies again were outrebounded in a game but still managed to win. “We’re short. We’re going to have to gang rebound. Omar is doing a wonderful job. It’s been a beautiful thing to watch, his evolution as a player. He allows us to coach him.”
The Huskies (18-7, 8-5 Big East) head to Chicago on Saturday to face DePaul (11-15, 2-11) at 8 p.m. (SNY, UConn IMG Sports Radio Network).
The women’s basketball team (24-2, 11-1 Big East) will host Seton Hall (9-17, 4-9) on Senior Night on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion in a 4 p.m. game (SNY, UConn IMG Sport Radio Network).
Seniors Heather Buck ’13 (NUR), Caroline Doty ’13 (CLAS) and Kelly Faris ’13 (CLAS) and five senior managers will be honored during pregame ceremonies that begin at 3:40 p.m.
The Pirates are coming off a win over Providence on Wednesday and are led by senior guard Brittany Morris, averaging 13.3 points per game, and redshirt sophomore guard Ka-Deidre Simmons, averaging 11.2 points per game, and leading rebounder Alexis Brown, a sophomore guard who pulls down 6 per game.
The softball team (2-2) returns to Florida over the weekend for the FAU Strike-out Cancer Tournament. The Huskies open against Towson on Friday at 4 p.m. followed by a game against the Owls at 8 p.m. UConn will play Northern Illinois and Providence on Saturday and conclude the weekend with a game against North Florida on Sunday morning.
The UConn men’s hockey team (14-13-3, 11-10-2 AHA) will finish the season series with Army (7-15-5, 7-10-5 AHA)with two games at West Point on Friday and Saturday. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m. Saturday’s game can be heard at WHUS.org, 91.7 FM.
The Huskies are fighting for a top-four seed in the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs and comes into the weekend in a three-way tie for fourth with Holy Cross and RIT.
It will be Senior Day for women’s ice hockey on Sunday at at 2 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum when the Huskies face off against Boston University. Defenseman Maude Blain ’13 (CLAS), forward Kelly Horan ’13 (CLAS) and defenseman Casey Knajdek ’13 (NUR) will be honored before the game.