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As Maryland's Kiah Gillespie faces No. 1 Connecticut, the familiar becomes a foe

As Maryland's Kiah Gillespie faces No. 1 Connecticut, the familiar becomes a foe

Maryland women's basketball freshman forward Kiah Gillespie grew up less than an hour from the University of Connecticut, so during her youth-league days, it was natural for her to gravitate toward the Huskies. Gillespie's favorite player was Diana Taurasi, who's on the short list for the greatest of all time.

Gillespie kept a Taurasi jersey hanging in her closest as motivation, and as she became a two-time high school player of the year in Connecticut, the thought of playing for coach Geno Auriemma's powerhouse certainly crossed her mind. She even attended Connecticut practices at Auriemma's invitation, but the match, according to Gillespie, just wasn't right for either...

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