Hanging tough

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The loss of another starter to injury may end up hurting Connecticut later in the season. For now, though, the Huskies will stay right where they've been for weeks. Even without Mel Thomas, the second starter to go down with a torn anterior ligament, the Huskies are hanging at No. 1.

And why not? It seems a bit reminiscent of the 2000-01 season when the Huskies lost stars Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph to injuries. That didn't stop Connecticut, led by freshman Diana Taurasi, from reaching the Final Four.

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