Defense sparks Huskies past Quinnipiac, 71-46

UConn's Napheesa Collier splits the defense of Quinnipiac's Carly Fabbri, left, and Paula Strautmaine in the second half of the second round NCAA tournament game on Monday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Compared to Saturday's first-round NCAA tournament game for UConn, which yielded a 140-point performance by the Huskies, this one was a defensive standoff.

State friend Quinnipiac up next for No. 1 UConn in NCAA tourney

Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri huddles with her team during Saturday's 86-72 win over Miami in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Storrs. The No. 9 Bobcats play top-seeded UConn in the second round on Monday night at Gampel Pavilion. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

Perhaps it's because he sees a little of himself in her that UConn coach Geno Auriemma has so much respect for his counterpart from Quinnipiac University, coach Tricia Fabbri, even going so far as to don a Quinnipiac T-shirt during last year's NCAA...

UConn's Auriemma has an answer for naysayers following 88-point victory

UConn coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline during the Huskies' record-setting 140-52 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday in Storrs. UConn plays Quinnipiac in the second round on Monday night. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The disparaging comments by social media commentators were swift to follow after top-seeded and unbeaten UConn's 140-52 dismantling Saturday of Saint Francis (Pa.) during the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament at Gampel Pavilion.

NCAA women's basketball tournament roundup

Tennessee's Mercedes Russell shoots as she is defended by Oregon State's Marie Gulich (21), Mikayla Pivec (0) and Kat Tudor in the second half of Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round game in Knoxville, Tenn. Oregon State won, 66-59. (Wade Payne/AP Photo)

Tennessee lost for the first time at home in women's NCAA Tournament history when Marie Gulich had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead sixth-seeded Oregon State to a 66-59 win


UConn pushing to make Hurley the program's next basketball coach

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley takes questions during a news conference on March 14 at Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

ESPN reported that Hurley talked to both UConn and Pittsburgh on Monday and he plans to make a decision after meeting with URI athletic director Thorr Bjorn on Tuesday.

Union set to defend Kevin Ollie over firing by UConn

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie, center, watches play with assistant coach Dwayne Killings, left, and associate head coach Raphael Chillious during a game against Tulsa on Feb. 15 at the XL Center in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Kevin Ollie is still the UConn men's basketball coach. At least according to the UConn chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Kevin Ollie fired after six seasons as UConn men's basketball coach

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie, left, was fired Saturday morning, just two days after the Huskies finished a 14-18 season and a month after the school acknowledged it was under NCAA investigation. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Kevin Ollie, who guided UConn to a national championship in 2014 but has seen his problem struggle in recent years and become the subject of an NCAA investigation last month, was fired Saturday morning.

UConn's crucial off-season begins with some self-evaluation

Junior guard Jalen Adams was UConn's best player during an underwhelming 2017-18 season, but will he return for his senior season or explore is NBA options. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Watching UConn this season resembled checking out a bad movie. You kept waiting for it to become entertaining. But it never did.


Lancer Nation: There's nothing quite like it

The smartest person in America Sunday morning would have been a burglar in Waterford. Because...


AP source: Memphis to announce Penny Hardaway as next coach

Former Memphis All-American Penny Hardaway is heading back to his alma mater —as its men's basketball coach.

NCAA Sweet 16 has unexpected field after favorites ousted

Nevada guard Hallice Cooke (13) and forward Elijah Foster (12) celebrate after beating Cincinnati 75-73 in the NCAA tournament on Sunday at Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

After little went according to plan in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the bracket has a wildly different look for the Sweet 16 than many expected.

What. Just. Happened?! NCAAs amp up the March Madness

Florida State's PJ Savoy carries Mfiondu Kabengele after stuning top-seeded Xavier on Sunday, 75-70, in an NCAA Tournament West Regional second-round game in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

One word succinctly describes what's transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament: Madness. But even that's probably underselling it.

Texas A&M stuns reigning champ North Carolina 86-65 in NCAA second round

Texas A&M's Tyler Davis, right, blocks a shot by North Carolina's Luke Maye during the second half of Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round game in Charlotte, N.C. The seventh-seeded Aggies battered second-seeded North Carolina, 86-65, to eliminate the defending national champions from the tourney. (Bob Leverone/AP Photo)

Reigning national champion North Carolina sputtered to the worst NCAA Tournament loss of Roy Williams' career on Sunday night, overpowered in its home state by Texas A&M


Local roundup: UConn baseball team beats St. John's 3-1

Issac Feldstein's two-run triple in the sixth inning helped rally UConn to a 3-1 baseball victory over St. John's on Sunday, helping the Huskies win the rubber game of a three-game weekend series with the Red Storm.

Avery Point women finish third in NJCAA Div. III basketball tourney

Tatyana LaFrance Boyce finished her UConn Avery Point career in style, scoring 26 points while adding 10 rebounds and eight steals as the Pointers rallied to beat Northland (Wis.) 90-84 in the third-place consolation game at the NJCAA Division III...

Local roundup: Fitch's Marcolina third in 50 free at Open to earn all-state honors

John Marcolina, a member of the Fitch/Stonington/Ledyard/Norwich Tech cooperative program, earned all-state honors with a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle during Saturday's State Open swimming championship meet at Yale University.


NBA roundup

New York's Kyle O'Quinn is fouled by Chicago's Antonio Blakeney during the second quarter of Monday's game at Madison Square Garden. New York won, 110-92. (Julie Jacobson/AP Photo)

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 17 as the New York Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls 110-92

Major League Baseball notes

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the regular season on the disabled list because of an oblique injury that has kept him out of exhibition games since March 1

Winning makes McIlroy as good as he already was

Rory McIlroy celebrates after making a birdie on the 18th green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday in Orlando, Fla. McIlroy won the tournament at 18-under-par. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo)

Column: Rory McIlroy's game is never far away, and it looks even better when he has a victory to show for it



1 p.m., MLB Network — Spring training: New York Mets at Houston Astros from Palm Beach, Fla.

4 p.m., MLB Network — Spring training: Chicago White Sox at Arizona Diamondbacks from Scottsdale, Ariz.

9 p.m., MLB Network — Spring training: Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers from Surprise, Ariz.


6:30 p.m., ESPN2, WTIC (1080-AM) — NCAA women: Quinnipiac at UConn in Division I tournament. (Channel will switch out to three other games)

7 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NIT men: Stanford at Oklahoma State.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks.

7:30 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Brooklyn Nets.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Division I tournament coverage. (Channel will feature four games)

9 p.m., ESPNU — NIT men: Louisiana State at Utah.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs.

11 p.m., ESPNU — NIT men: Washington at Saint Mary's.

11:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NIT men: Western Kentucky at Southern California.


2 p.m., NBCSN — Japan vs. United States in Women's World Championship from North Bay, Ontario.


7 p.m., NESN — NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins.

8 p.m., NBCSN — NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild.