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    Sunday, March 26, 2023

    Local roundup: UConn’s Edwards named a finalist for Naismith Trophy

    Storrs — UConn’s Aaliyah Edwards was selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Women's Basketball College Player of the Year, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club Thursday.

    Edwards, a first team All-Big East Conference pick and the league’s Most Improved Player, is averaging career highs of 16.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and shooting 57.3%. She is one of only two Huskies to play in every game.

    In last weekend’s Big East tournament, Edwards led UConn (29-5) to the championship with three straight double-doubles, averaging 19.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. Against top-25 opponents, she is averaging 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

    A Kingston, Ontario, native, Edwards set a career high with 26 points vs. Florida State on Dec. 18. She has scored in double digits in 23 games this season and has 14 double-doubles.

    The award’s four finalists will be announced March 21. The Fan Vote to help narrow the list down to the final honoree will be open from March 21-28. The fan vote will account for 5% of the overall final vote. The Naismith Trophy will be awarded on Wednesday, March 29 during the Women’s Final Four.

    College baseball

    • Dougie DelaCruz hit his 18th career home run, tying the Mitchell College program record in a 14-8 victory over Kean in Punta Gorda, Florida, the Mariners’ first game of a nine-game spring break road trip.

    DelaCruz, a Montville graduate, led Mitchell (3-0) with three hits, four RBI and two runs scored. Owen Robbins of East Lyme also had three hits, while Angel Galindez, Bo Yaworski and Matt Falk also had multi-hit games as the Mariners battled back from an 8-0 deficit.

    A bases-loaded walk to Yaworski in the fifth gave Mitchell a 9-8 lead and the Mariners broke the game open in the seventh, scoring three runs on a trio of doubles by DelaCruz, Falk and Lelo Martinez of New London.

    Tyler Daly pitched 7.2 shutout innings in relief, allowing three hits and striking out four to get the win.

    College softball

    • Freshman Dana Walker pitched a complete game for Coast Guard in a 4-3, 10-inning victory over Illinois College in Kissimmee, Florida. Coast Guard dropped its opener 6-1 to Mount Union. The Bears finished their southern trip 6-2 and will play their home-opener March 21, a doubleheader against Roger Williams.

    Katie Becker drove in Isabelle Shroyer with a fielder’s choice in the top of the 10th for the victory against Illinois. Christine Carey had three hits and Walker struck out seven.

    In game one, Lillia Farlow and Julia Breidenthal had two hits each. The Bears gave up four runs in the fifth in the loss.

    Boys’ basketball

    • Kevin Botticello had 16 points to lead 10th-seeded Lyman Memorial to a 60-43 victory over No. 7 Hartford Magnet in the second round of the Division V state tournament, propelling the Bulldogs to a quarterfinal bid.

    Jaiden Lopez added 15 points, Jordan Chadler 14 and Ryan Miller 10 for Lyman (14-9), which will next play at No. 2 Whitney Tech in the quarters at 6 p.m. Friday.

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