MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Crystal Dangerfield hasn’t missed a minute of Connecticut’s first two NCAA women’s basketball tournament games.
However, the UConn signee and top-rated point guard in the country isn’t watching as a fan. She’s paying close attention to every detail as a future Lady Husky.
“I’m watching to see how they run their offense, their defense,” said Dangerfield, who recently completed her high school career at Blackman High. “A couple of weeks ago I was talking to an assistant coach about it. They run a read and react offense.
“I think I’l be able to succeed in something like that. Their defense, they just get up into people. I think (playing for) USA Basketball has helped me with that.”
Connecticut defeated Duquesne 97-51 on Monday night to reach the program’s 23rd consecutive Sweet 16. UConn plays Mississippi State on Saturday.
Dangerfield, who was named the 2016 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year, averaged 23.9 points and 2.9 assists this past season. She won a pair of gold medals competing for Team USA during her high school career, including one this past summer in Russia for the USA U-18 team coached by South Carolina women’s coach Dawn Staley.
Dangerfield said she’s watched most of the NCAA Women’s Tournament, only missing a few games to do homework.
Her family has purchased tickets for the NCAA Women’s Final Four held April 3 and 5 in Indianapolis and hopes UConn can make history with a fourth consecutive national championship.
“I’m hyped for it,” said Dangerfield. “I want to see them make history.
“I want them to see them shut up a few haters saying that they can’t do it.”
Dangerfield leaves Saturday for Chicago where she will compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 30 at the United Center. She also is competing in the Jordan Brand Classic on April 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.