Breaking down each of the 10 Big East teams the UConn women will face

Ahead of the Huskies’ first year back in the Big East, here’s a breakdown of what to expect from each of the conference’s 11 teams. Teams are presented in the order they were ranked in the Big East preseason poll.

Geno Auriemma, Doug Bruno are posing for a picture: Long-time friends Geno Auriemma, (left) head coach of the UConn Huskies, and Doug Bruno, (right) head coach of the DePaul Blue Demons, have a laugh before the start of their game at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago.

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Long-time friends Geno Auriemma, (left) head coach of the UConn Huskies, and Doug Bruno, (right) head coach of the DePaul Blue Demons, have a laugh before the start of their game at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago.

1. UConn

Coach: Geno Auriemma (36th year). Last season: 29-3, 16-0 AAC; conference regular season and tournament champions.

The skinny: The Huskies return to the Big East after an undefeated run in the AAC (139-0, combined 14 regular season and tournament titles). Come spring, they’ll look to extend their Final Four streak to 13 straight appearances (21 overall) with an eye on bringing home a 12th national championship.

Need to know: UConn lost top scorers Megan Walker and Crystal Dangerfield but returns three starters (Christyn Williams, Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Anna Makurat) and top reserve Aubrey Griffin. Strong freshman class has been turning heads so far in practice.

2. DePaul

Coach: Doug Bruno (35th year). Last season: 28-5, 15-3 in Big East; conference regular season and tournament champions. Plays UConn: TBA

The skinny: DePaul held a pretty firm hold on the Big East following conference realignment, winning five of the last seven tournament titles and at least a share of six regular season crowns. Enter UConn. Bruno, who has led his team to 17 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, is still looking for his first win over longtime friend Auriemma.

Need to know: The Blue Demons, ranked No. 19 in the preseason AP poll, graduated top scorer Chante Stonewall and point guard Kelly Campbell but bring back a trio of guards in Sonya Morris (15.6 points per game), Deja Church (10.8 points per game) and Lexi Held (15.4 points per game) who combined to average just under 42 points per game last year.

3. Marquette

Coach: Megan Duffy (second year). Last season: 24-8, 13-5 (2). Plays UConn: TBA

The skinny: Duffy’s squad exceeded expectations last year in her first year in Milwaukee: Marquette came in ninth in the preseason conference poll before finishing with the second-best Big East record and falling to DePaul in the Big East Tournament championship game.

Need to know: Marquette returns three starters from last season, including top scorer Selena Lott (15.5 points per game), who was named to the All-Big East Second Team last year, and Big East All-Tournament Team selection Lauren Van Kleunen (11.8 points per game).

4. St. John’s

Coach: Joe Tartamella (ninth year). Last season: 19-12, 11-7 (t-3). Plays UConn: TBA

The skinny: In the conference’s second tier of teams, St. John’s was on the cusp of another 20-win season and postseason berth prior to the season being cut short.

Need to know: Returns two starters, both of whom were the top scorers from last year: Qadashah Hoppie (15.4 points per

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Breaking down the UConn women’s nonconference schedule, which features games against four top-10 opponents

The UConn women’s basketball managed to maintain a hallmark of its program despite the pandemic: scheduling a slate of tough nonconference competition well before March rolls around.

Previously scheduled matchups against Notre Dame, Virginia, Dayton, Little Rock and Maryland have been scrapped. But the No. 3 Huskies will likely face No. 6 Mississippi State in their second game of the season and then have No. 5 Louisville scheduled later that week. They’ll play four Big East games before the holidays before finishing up non-league play with road matchups at No. 4 Baylor and Tennessee and hosting No. 1 South Carolina in early February.

Here’s a rundown of how UConn’s five toughest nonconference opponents look going into the season:

Mississippi State (likely): Nov. 29 at Mohegan Sun

As part of the Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge, Mississippi State faces Maine and UConn plays Quinnipiac Nov. 28, with the winners set to face off in the championship game and the losers playing in the consolation round — meaning a UConn-Mississippi State matchup is all but guaranteed. The last time UConn played the Bulldogs was, yes, that game: the one where Morgan William hit a buzzer beater to send the Huskies home in the national semifinal.

Though former Tennessee guard McCray-Penson is new to her role as the Bulldogs’ coach, she’ll be able to lean on three returning starters in forward/center Jessika Carter, forward Rickea Jackson and point guard Myah Taylor.

Prior to the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament, Mississippi State compiled a 27-6 record and fell to South Carolina in the SEC Tournament before finishing the season No. 9 in the AP rankings.

Louisville: Dec. 4 at Mohegan Sun

A late addition to the schedule, UConn will take on Louisville in this year’s Jimmy V Women’s Classic in a matchup of two top 5 teams. The Cardinals lost Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook to the WNBA in the offseason but return reigning ACC player of the year and WBCA All-American Dana Evans.

Coach Jeff Walz believes this could be his deepest team in years. Elizabeth Balogun also returns as a starter, and Hailey Van Lith was one of three freshmen, alongside UConn’s Paige Bueckers, to make the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list for the nation’s best point guard.

Last season, Louisville finished with a 28-4 record and No. 6 ranking and were upset by Florida State in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. They last played UConn in the 2018-2019 season, beating the Huskies in a regular season matchup in Louisville before UConn avenged that loss by beating them to advance to the Final Four later in the season.

At Baylor: Jan. 7

Baylor returns six players from its 2019 national championship team. Among them: Queen Egbo and NaLyssa Smith, who’ll look to emerge as the Lady Bears’ next great frontcourt duo. Kim Mulkey’s squad also added Stanford’s DiJonai Carrington in the offseason, a grad transfer who had been considering UConn.

Baylor is still awaiting the recovery of reigning national defensive

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How K-Pop Star Jackson Wang Is Breaking Into Streetwear Fashion

Streetwear and K-pop have seldom crossed paths, other than at the department stores likely. Culturally, the two have yet to connect as much as Hip Hop and streetwear do. K-pop, on the other hand, has taken over the cultural corners of the entertainment industry that have awed the masses. As K-pop continues to rise, the visibility offers an opportunity to create fashion as a byproduct.

K-Pop star, singer, rapper, songwriter, television host, Got7 member, and solo artist, Jackson Wang, is taking his talents into fashion design, where he intends to carve out a niche for himself in the streetwear market. Wang sees his TEAM WANG brand and music label as a visionary platform for his imagination. 

TEAM WANG adheres to the idea that we should “Know ourselves, and make [our] own history,” Wang describes his brand’s ethos. That sentiment is also a part of his journey that took him to where he is today.

Jackson Wang, born in Hong Kong, grew up in a sport-oriented household. His father was a national fencer in China during the Asian Games, and his mother was a gymnast from Shanghai. Wang would succumb to his fencing lineage, and he too would become a national fencer at the young age of 10. 

Wang would participate in the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and eventually was offered a scholarship to Stanford for fencing while in high school, where he also played basketball. Wang knew himself to have greater talent than his parents saw in him, although. 

He is now fusing his K-pop swag with his fashion style for TEAM WANG to express his vision. Cut and sewn lines like Masha Ma, Uma Wang, streetwear collections like Li Ning, Clot, and Asian brands like Kirin [Peggy Gou, Korea], Team Manilla [Philippines], Wacko Maria [Japan] are brands that have paved the road for TEAM WANG to make a statement in fashion today. And they have stamped Chinese youth culture.

Wang explains, “In recent years, I have seen that many talented Chinese designers are gaining more and more respect internationally in the fashion industry. We are very blessed to be able to bring our design and Chinese culture to the forefront with other designers in this movement. We are also looking forward to collaborating with them and bringing our culture to the world.” 

Jackson Wang knows a bit about collaboration and its importance to the fashion industry today. Working with fashion brands like  Fendi, Cartier, Ray-Ban, and Adidas Originals, to name a few, has given light to Wang’s taste for creating a style he can craft on his own. Wang

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Why Professional Women Are Breaking Up With Fast Fashion

By: Amanda Cotler

Do you remember when clothes shopping was an occasional event? Something that happened a few times a year to prepare for the upcoming season?

Want to know what changed? Clothes became cheaper, shopping qualified as cardio, and trends were established ten times more often than you do your laundry.

It almost feels like you are sitting front row of Paris Fashion Week. Purchasing trendy clothes on a budget, wearing them a handful of times, and then throwing them out. Suddenly, everyone can afford to dress like a Hollywood A-Lister. Does it almost feel too good to be true?

[Related: Rihanna’s Rise: Six Implementable Actions To Build An Empire]

What is fast fashion?

Fast fashion is a business model that takes runway looks and mass produces them for cheap to quickly meet customers’ needs. It’s cheap, it’s dirty, and it’s a step into the dark side of fashion. The idea is to get the newest styles on the market pretty much yesterday.

This dirty cycle of overproduction and consumption has named fashion the second-largest polluting industry in the world. So when did professional women start questioning their purchasing decisions?

In 2013, Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,000 factory workers. Women started wondering: What is the true cost to make clothes? How does it affect our planet? And what can we do to help?

As women, we have an appetite for trends at an affordable price, but someone, somewhere is paying the price.

  1. It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt. This is enough water for one person to drink for 2.5 years. (World Resources Institute)
  2. Up to 100 billion new garments are made each year. (United Nations Development Programme)
  3. Americans consume nearly 20 billion garments a year, equivalent to 62 garments each. (Overdressed)
  4. Sales of clothing have almost doubled from one trillion dollars in 2002 to 1.8 trillion dollars in 2015. (Greenpeace 2017)
  5. Up to 85% of textiles go into landfills each year. That’s enough to fill the Sydney harbor annually. (World Resources Institute)

Many people are not aware of how brands produce clothes from fiber to finished garment and how that contributes to a larger problem on a global scale.

Many fast fashion brands outsource their production overseas so they do not have to follow the same labor laws present in the United States. The reality of the situation is, these garments are produced in sweatshops with unfair pay and poor work conditions.

[Related: Why Sustainable Fashion Matters]

Sustainable fashion brands are leading the circular economy.

Professional women who support sustainability in all areas of their lives are now first in line for circular fashion. Circular fashion is a system where the production of an item and the end of its life are equally as important.

The focus of this system is longevity and the full life cycle of our purchases. From long-lasting pieces

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Nancy Mace flips SC House seat: Republican women ‘breaking barriers’

South Carolina Congresswoman-elect Nancy Mace made history as the first Republican woman elected to the House from her state, telling “Fox & Friends” Thursday they had a red wave.

Mace, the first female Citadel graduate, narrowly defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Cunningham with the race called shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning by the Associated Press amid a tight national race between President Trump and Joe Biden.

“It’s not just Democratic women who are breaking barriers,” Mace told cohost Ainsley Earhardt. “Republican women are doing it all across the country this election year.”

Formerly, only 13 women held seats in the House, but now that number is expected to climb to 23 after a record number of Republican women, 94, won GOP primaries surpassing the previous record of 54 in 2004. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., said Wednesday that the GOP will likely add an additional 14-19 Republican women with some races still being counted.


“It’s an exciting moment not just for South Carolina, I’m the first Republican women ever elected to Congress from South Carolina, and so to see Republican women, we almost doubled our number this year in the House with this election,” Mace said. “It’s just exciting to be part of history.”

All five paid staff members on the Mace campaign team are women, ABC News 4.

“We made possible what so many people and pollsters said was impossible,” Mace said about flipping the district.


“In South Carolina, rather than have a blue wave, we had a red wave, even with the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by Jaime Harrison, we still won state House seats, state Senate races and this congressional district,” Mace said.

The congresswoman-elect said she wants to help lower unemployment, work on an ObamaCare replacement and tackle other issues important to her constituents as quickly as she can.

Mace said she celebrated the victory at a Waffle House Wednesday morning, where she got her first job at 17 as a waitress after dropping out of high school.


“I wanted to finish where I started,” Mace said. “Where all this started for me 25 years ago, and it was a very exciting moment.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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Bad Bunny On Breaking Down Stereotypes in the Latinx Community and His Dream of Starting a Fashion Line

Bad Bunny is the definition of star power.

Take a look at his eccentric fashion, his hit-making music and “yo hago lo que me da la gana” attitude—which was the essence and title of his sophomore album—and you’ll notice why many want to emulate his path to global fame.

Put simply: There’s just no denying El Conejo Malo is one-of-a-kind. And he knows it, too.

In an exclusive interview with E! News, the 26-year-old singer, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, opened up about challenging stereotypes, especially in the Latinx community, how he hopes to continue to “motivate people to be free” and more.

Plus, he shared details about his exciting new partnership. The Puerto Rican superstar is using his celebrity for good by joining forces with Cheetos to give back to the Latinx community with the “Deja Tu Huella” (Leave Your Mark) program. Through his Good Bunny Foundation, Bad Bunny and Cheetos have committed to donating $500,000.

Bad Bunny’s Best Fashion Moments

Find out the many ways the star is leaving his mark on the industry and the dreams he hopes to make a reality in the near future in our interview below!

E! News: Tell us why you partnered with Cheetos and what this opportunity means to you?

Bad Bunny: “To be honest, this opportunity seemed very interesting to me, especially because I wanted to do something fun and something that left a mark as an artist. And it was important for me to do this collab with Cheetos because I feel like I’m doing it for the Latin community, not only in the U.S. but for the whole world.”

E! News: You’ve already left such a huge impact on the music world, but especially in breaking down stereotypes typically associated with machismo in the Latinx community. How does it feel to know you’re one of the reasons that has changed?

BB: “It honestly feels good because I’m using my impact for something positive. To lead so many people just by the way I live, by being myself… to motivate people to be free and liberated to be themselves, it feels good. Any time you can make someone feel good, it’s the best thing. It’s infectious, and that’s how you end up feeling good yourself.”

Bad Bunny
Bad Bunny

E! News: What advice do you have for people who want to follow in your footsteps and become more comfortable being themselves?

BB: “In the same way I said you should be yourself, I believe you should do things with your heart. You should do things that evoke a feeling, so you can leave your mark no matter what. It should move you, and with that attitude, you’re going to leave a mark. I always do things from the heart, with intention and with passion. And I think that’s how I will continue to make my mark.”

E! News: You are also known for your fun and bold style. How has your fashion evolved, especially during

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Culturists breaking through during Covid-19

It’s no secret that women have faced the brunt of the social and economic consequences of Covid-19.

Over the last eight months, we’ve seen the pandemic destroy lives, devastate the world economy and threaten any sense of security and job stability. We’ve also seen so many incredible women persevere, despite the obstacles. That’s why we’re spotlighting just some of the culturalists who are pushing through these barriers and spreading positivity, kindness, support and awareness during this difficult time:

Sarah Cooper, author and comedian

Sarah Cooper appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Although it’s hard to imagine a time when Sarah Cooper wasn’t going viral on TikTok and Twitter with her hilarious videos, she started out in a completely different field, initially earning degrees in economics to appease her parents’ wishes. Cooper worked as a user-experience designer for tech giants like Google and Yahoo!, and also pursued stand-up comedy in Atlanta on the side. Eventually, she left the tech industry to pursue writing and comedy full time, authoring the best-selling books “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” and “How to be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.”

It wasn’t until April 2020 that Cooper’s career changed completely. Since the pandemic cancelled any plans of performing live, Cooper, 42, pivoted to digital media and topical comedy in a time of crisis. Her viral videos, set to the soundtrack of the president’s own words, have become ubiquitous during the pandemic.

In June 2020, Sarah Cooper signed with William Morris Endeavor, and she is currently adapting her comedy for film and television. She is working on a Netflix special called “Everything’s Fine” (directed by Natasha Lyonne and executive produced by Maya Rudolph) and developing a comedy series for CBS based on her popular book, “How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.” She is also working on her next book title, a humorous semi-autobiographical take on Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Trump or no Trump, her creative aspirations center on one common theme: “I want to make people laugh,” she said in an interview with Variety. “That’s my No. 1 thing.”

I always turned to humor as a defense mechanism to ease tension and make sure everybody’s feeling good. I just love when people feel comfortable and happy. – Sarah Cooper

Malia Jones, social epidemiologist, founder of ‘Dear Pandemic’

Malia Jones, social epidemiologist.

In the early days of the pandemic, Malia Jones wrote an informative letter about coronavirus to her friends and family, including tips like “wash your hands” and “don’t pick your nose.” The letter went viral, getting over one million views on USA Today and earning her an appearance on “Dr. Phil.” Jones, a social epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who studies how infectious diseases spread through populations, was suddenly in high demand to explain the science of outbreaks on a level that the general public could understand.

Jones knew she couldn’t manage the overwhelming amount of questions on

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Crackle Plus Announces November Content Including HEROES OF LUCHA LIBRE, BREAKING BEAUTY and More

Crackle’s mix of Hollywood blockbusters, award-winning indies, classic TV, and hand-picked exclusive and original content is always FREE.

Crackle Plus Announces November Content Including HEROES OF LUCHA LIBRE, BREAKING BEAUTY and More

Crackle Plus today announced the upcoming content releases planned for November.

Crackle is available in the U.S. on 26 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, on iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

World Premieres – New Crackle Original Series in November

Heroes of Lucha Libre (Premieres November 25th)

World Premiere / Crackle original series

This exciting eleven-part series takes the rich tradition of Lucha Libre wrestling and they throw it out of the ring to an entirely new level. Join these mask-wearing gladiators, (each sporting their own super power) as we watch the forces of good and evil clash in the ring to see who will be the champion of champions and the Heroes of Lucha Libre!

Breaking Beauty (November 19th)

World Premiere / Crackle original docu-series

Join host Josh Varozza in this 8-episode Crackle original series as he travels the country to explore alternative ideas of what “beauty” is and challenge many of society’s notions on the subject. Hop in Josh’s side-car on his journey as he visits the world of burlesque, fitness trainers, circus performers, filmmakers, and even…Santa? Put your helmet on, your best face forward, and open your mind, because on Breaking Beauty, you’re in for a wild ride!

Blood and Money (November 19th)

New Crackle AVOD Exclusive Feature in November


This Crackle AVOD exclusive tells the gripping story of Jim Reed (Tom Berenger), an aging vet haunted by the mistakes of his past, who stumbles onto a sack of stolen cash while hunting in the frozen wilderness of Northern Maine. As the criminals search for their money, drawing their net closer and closer to the old man, they soon learn that looks can often be deceiving and some prey become more deadly when cornered. Watch Blood and Money for FREE on Crackle starting November 19th.

New Channels Coming to Crackle in November

This month the Crackle team is showing our fans how thankful we are for them with a cornucopia of tasty Hollywood hits!

Man Vs. Monster (Launching November 1st)

These aren’t your garden variety cute and cuddly creepy crawlies. Get ready to wade into battle against the very worst citizens our universe has to offer with Pacific Rim, The Host, Godzilla: Final Wars, and the sticky cinematic classic, Big Ass Spider.

Thrillseekers (Launching November 1st)

Before Winter brings its chill, get your thrills on with these energy-boosted adrenaline-soaked joy rides like Hot Rod and Biker Boyz, take a deadly dip in The Cave, and suspend your disbelief of falling to your doom in The Walk.

Adventuretime (Launching November 1st)

As snow begins to fall, turn up the heat and find some fun in the sun with adventurous hits like Sahara and Ben Hur, dig

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Haredi leaders condemn police after breaking up illegally held wedding

A violent confrontation Wednesday night between police and wedding-goers who violated coronavirus regulations erupted into a political fight Thursday, with haredi politicians attacking the police for overreacting.The wedding took place in a private home in Givat Ze’ev, north of Jerusalem, and was attended by several dozen guests in violation of the restrictions.One of the tenets of lowering the rate of infection in the country has been police enforcement of the restrictions imposed on large gatherings. When officers arrived to break up the gathering at the haredi household, they were allegedly attacked by the attendees.Police body camera footage from the incident showed guests and family members becoming increasingly hostile and antagonistic toward the police.Video footage from the incident showed one man with a bloody face being led away by the police, and another man lying prostrate on the floor as border police bearing assault rifles stood over him, while numerous family members can be heard crying and screaming.According to the police, the host of the wedding herself attacked police personnel, and when she was subsequently arrested, the rest of the family sought to physically block the police from detaining her.Despite the police carrying out the duties of enforcing the corona regulations, several ultra-Orthodox politicians, including Shas chairman and Interior Minister Arye Deri, condemned the police’s action and demanded events be examined.“The event at Givat Ze’ev has to be investigated. Despite the anger, I implore the public to follow the Health Ministry’s guidelines. I am as shocked as you are from watching footage of the event – a happy wedding at the end of which we get bloody pictures, in which police officers lead family members out with guns,” said Deri.”We have to follow the Health Ministry’s guidelines, but I cannot accept harsh violence,” he added. “I’ve requested from the prime minister and the public security minister that the event be examined so that the truth will see the light of day, and that whoever has to pay for this will be held accountable.”I call on the public to follow the Health Ministry’s guidelines despite the tough pictures and all of our anger.”Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said subsequently that he had spoken with Public Security Minister Amir Ohana about the incident and an examination would ensue.Coronavirus Czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu initially praised the actions of the police, saying “the police’s actions today are a message to all those who partake in events with such audacity. This type of enforcement will continue, we have no tolerance of such large gatherings and massive weddings and we will not let the things we saw during July and August repeat themselves.I know it’s tough and complicated, but I’m not too terribly sorry for the family’s response,” he added. “Anyone who initiates a wedding at this time should take into account they’re putting lives at risk on all levels – both in being infected with the coronavirus and the need to dismantle the wedding whatever the cost.”However, he
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