Old Lyme girls have become a contender in Shoreline

Old Lyme's Madeline Zrenda (15) drives to the basket during the Wildcats' 55-25 victory over Valley Regional in a Shoreline Conference game on Tuesday night at Old Lyme. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Jordan Lewis had 12 points, Maddie Zrenda 11 and the Old Lyme girls' basketball topped Valley Regional 55-25 Tuesday night, a final tuneup for the Wildcats before facing Shoreline powers Coginchaug and Cromwell.

NFA goes into a zone, nearly knocks off No. 6 Holy Cross

NFA's Alec Gomes, left, and Bret Wood defend as Holy Cross' Nyzair Rountree drives for a reverse layup during Monday's game at Alumni Gym in Norwich. The No. 6 Crusaders held on to beat the Wildcats 44-40. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Holy Cross boys' basketball team threatened to blow Monday's game wide open early and forced Norwich Free Academy to switch from man to zone defense. NFA rallied and had chances to win in its 44-40 loss.

H.S. roundup: NFA girls beat Glastonbury for third straight

Makalya Poirier–Vaughters scored nine points as Norwich Free Academy held Glastonbury scoreless in the first quarter and went on to defeat the Tomahawks 26-23 in a non-conference girls' basketball game on Saturday.

H.S. basketball: No. 1 Whalers roll behind Pagan's triple-double

Tai Pagan had a triple-double to lead top-ranked New London to a 58-15 victory over Fitch in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I girls' basketball game Friday night.

Hutchins, Ledyard knock off previously unbeaten East Lyme 71-55

East Lyme's Brent Simeon, left, dives for a loose ball along with Ledyard's Trevor Hutchins, center, and Jack Woodruff during Thursday night's ECC Division I game at East Lyme. Ledyard handed the Vikings their first loss, 71-55. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Trevor Hutchins had 28 points and 25 rebounds to pace the Ledyard boys' basketball team to a commanding 71-56 win over previously unbeaten East Lyme in an ECC Division I game Thursday night.

SCHEDULES

COLUMNS

Doug Marrone was once one of us ... a CGA assistant, in fact

Doug Marrone, the man entrusted with taking down the monolith known as the New England Patriots,...

UCONN

Stevens helps No. 1 UConn women beat Tulsa 78-60

UConn's Molly Bent (10) steals the ball form Tulsa's Alexis Gaulden during the second quarter of the No. 1 Huskies' 78-60 win on Thursday night in Storrs. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Azura Stevens came off the bench to score 22 points and lead top-ranked UConn to a closer-than-expected 78-60 win over Tulsa

Lack of depth an issue for No. 1 Huskies

UConn's Megan Walker scores over Maryland's Ieshia Small (1) in a game on Nov. 19 at the XL Center in Hartford. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Contrary to what some might believe, UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma does not recruit players to merely sit on the bench and check in for the final few minutes during blowout victories.

Memphis makes quick work of UConn 73-49

Memphis guard Kareem Brewton Jr., right, is fouled by a UConn defender while driving the lane on Tuesday night in Memphis, Tenn. The Tigers routed the Huskies 73-49, ending UConn's three-game winning streak. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Mike Parks Jr. and Jeremiah Martin had 21 points and 11 rebounds each as Memphis built an early lead and ran away from UConn 73-49

COLLEGES

Coast Guard wrestling team puts on a good show in only home match

Coast Guard Academy's Parker Brunkala, left, prepares to wrestles Rhode Island College's Brandon Nunez during the 125-pound match on Wednesday night at Billard Hall on the campus in New London. Brunkala won 15-5 and Coast Guard won the match 49-0.   (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Coast Guard Academy wrestling coach Kevin Bratland recently spoke to his Bears about sharpening their focus.

Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Georgetown's Jagan Mosely looks to pass as he is guarded by Villanova's Jalen Brunson (1) and Mikal Bridges during the first half of Wednesday's game in Washington. Top-ranked Villanova thrashed the Hoyas, 88-56. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Top-ranked Villanova led by as many as 44 points and gave Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing a rude welcome back to the schools' rivalry by beating the Hoyas 88-56

Bentley's Barbara Stevens gets 1,000th coaching win

Bentley head coach Barbara Stevens congratulates Jen Gemma during a game against Saint Anselm on March 2, 2017 in Waltham, Mass. Stevens won her 1,000th game on Wednesday when Bentley downed Adelphi, 78-66. (Stuart Cahill/The Boston Herald/AP Herald)

Barbara Stevens of Division II Bentley became the fifth women's basketball coach to reach 1,000 victories when her Falcons defeated Adelphi 78-66 in a Northeast-10 game

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: New London wrestlers rally past NFA 41-37

New London rallied from a 19-point deficit by winning the final four matches to pull out a dramatic 41-37 victory over Norwich Free Academy in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I wrestling match on Thursday night.

McDonald ready to take on new coaching role with Indians

How did East Lyme graduate and former 16-year major leaguer John McDonald become the infield guru, anyway?

Local roundup: Detroit, Connecticut Tigers extend affiliation agreement

The Connecticut Tigers and the Detroit Tigers announced Wednesday they have agreed to a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract, keeping the Connecticut Tigers as the short-season Class A minor league baseball affiliate of the Major...

PROFESSIONAL

Kris Dunn sidelined indefinitely with concussion suffered in nasty fall

The Bulls' Kris Dunn is treated by the medical staff after hitting his face on the floor after a dunk during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors in Chicago. The Bulls announced Thursday that Dunn, the ex-New London great, suffered a concussion and won't travel on Friday when the team embarks on a three-game road trip. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn suffered a concussion in a late fall during Wednesay night's game against the Golden State Warriors and won't travel on Friday when the team leaves for a three-game road trip starting in Saturday in Atlanta.

NHL roundup

Scott Mayfield of the Islanders (42) checks Zdeno Chara of the Bruins (33) during the first period of Thursday's game at New York. The Bruins won 5-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Patrice Bergeron scored three goals to lead Boston to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, giving the Bruins at least a point for the 15th consecutive game.

ON THE AIR

Basketball

7 p.m., theday.com — High school boys: East Lyme at Waterford.

7 p.m., SNY, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: Tulsa at UConn.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA women: Tennessee at Notre Dame.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA women: Syracuse at Miami.

7 p.m., TNT, NBCSB — NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Jacksonville State at Morehead State.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Murray State at Belmont.

8:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Minnesota at Maryland.

9 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Alabama-Birmingham at Western Kentucky.

9 p.m., ESPN — NCAA men: Saint Mary's at Gonzaga.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Southern California at Oregon.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: North Carolina-Asheville at Winthrop.

9:30 p.m., TNT — NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets.

11 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Loyola Marymount at Brigham Young.

11 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: UCLA at Oregon State.

Figure Skating

Noon, NBCSN — European Championships pairs free program from Moscow.

2 p.m., NBCSN — European Championships women's short program from Moscow. (taped today)

Golf

6 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Abu Dhabi Championship from United Arab Emirates.

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: CareerBuilder Challenge from La Quinta, Calif.

7 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Championship from Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

10 p.m., Golf Channel — Asian Tour: Singapore Open.

3 a.m. (Friday), Golf Channel — European PGA: Abu Dhabi Championship from United Arab Emirates.

Hockey

7 p.m., NESN — NHL: Boston Bruins at New York Islanders.

7 p.m., WCTX — NCAA men: Providence at UConn.

7 p.m., WFAN (660-AM) — NHL: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils.

7:30 p.m., NBCSN, MSG — NHL: Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers.

10 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Los Angeles Kings.

Tennis

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — Australian Open from Melbourne.

11 p.m., ESPN2 — Australian Open from Melbourne.

3 a.m. (Friday), ESPN2 — Australian Open from Melbourne.

Winter Sports

4:30 p.m., NBCSN — Biathlon World Cup from Antholz-Anterselva, Italy. (taped today)