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Ryan Center hosts NCAA women’s regional

Sports Staff Reporter

Published: Monday, March 26, 2012

Updated: Friday, April 6, 2012 15:04

NCAA Regionals

Teresa Kelly | Cigar

University of Connecticut junior Caroline Doty looks for an opening around the Penn State defense during Sunday's NCAA regional semifinal in the Thomas M. Ryan Center.

Walker, who transferred to Kentucky from Connecticut, said that UConn may be good, but they can be beaten.

“Like I said, they are a really good team, but all we have to do is do us,” Walker said.

Gonzaga made a run midway through the second half and closed the deficit to eight, but eight Kentucky points in 83 seconds buried the Zags for good. For the 11th-seeded Bulldogs the seasons and the careers end for five seniors who had advanced to three Sweet 16s in their career.

Head coach Kelly Graves was quick to praise his team and especially his graduating class.

“I’m proud of this basketball team,” Graves said. “I thought this was a great group. 115 wins and 12 tournament wins so I’m really proud of them.”

Standish, with emotion in her eyes, reflected on her years as a Bulldog.

“It means everything,” Standish said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done; the obstacles we’ve overcome. Our senior leadership really stepped up this year. Our team is awesome. Our coaches are awesome.”

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