Hanging hard | UConn women’s basketball

During his post-game call Zoom after his UConn women’s basketball team win over Marquette in Monday’s regular season finale, coach Geno Auriemma asked a question about his junior center Olivia Nelson-Ododa.

“How many games are there now in a row where Olivia goes after each rebound, trains in there and got really good at finishing?” Auriemma said.

It has been a rewarding week for Winder, a native of Georgia.

On Thursday, Nelson-Ododa was named Big East co-defensive player of the year and all-conference second team. On Friday she was selected as a finalist for the Lisa Leslie Award which honors the nation’s top center.

Nelson-Ododa enters the quarter-final game of today’s Big East Tournament with St. John’s at the Mohegan Sun Arena averaging 13.0 points from 59.0 shooting rates from the floor, 7.7 rebounds and a conference leader 1.8 blocked shots.

As one of the veteran Huskies, she has been mentored to her younger teammates, most notably freshman forward Aaliyah Edwards.

“Coming this year the …

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