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Sunday, November 29, 2009

More catching up:

Mechelle: Versatile Pedersen fills many roles for Stanford

One of Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer's assistants told her she took do-it-all junior Kayla Pedersen for granted.

"And I said, 'No, I don't,'" VanDerveer said during a teleconference Wednesday looking ahead to the No. 2 Cardinal's games against Utah (Friday) and Gonzaga (Sunday). "We really appreciate what she does. But in some ways, she is a facilitator. She makes everyone look good around her."

Graham at the UConn Rizzotti v UConn Cardoza matchup (aka Temple v. Hartford): Hartford's Silvia shines in return from injury
With just more than four minutes left on the clock in the first half of Saturday's game against Temple, Hartford's Mary Silvia pulled up on the wing in transition, caught a pass from Daphne Elliott and, and in one smooth motion, drained a 3-pointer that left her one short of the team lead this season.

Not bad for someone whose first minutes this season had come about 14 minutes before that field goal, her fifth of the first half from behind the arc. Not bad for someone who suffered a broken wrist in her shooting hand a month ago. Not bad for someone who practiced for the first time since getting her cast off four days before the game.