UConn's Sales comes up short But basket mis-credited in Jan. won't be altered

March 11, 1998|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

Remember the flap that developed over the way Nykesha Sales broke the Connecticut women's basketball scoring record? Well, it all may be for nothing: Sales may not have broken the record after all.

In its inaugural issue, ESPN Magazine reported that Sales was incorrectly credited with a basket in a January game against Seton Hall, which would again leave her one point short of the school record of 2,177 points.

The magazine, which debuts this week, received a tape of the Jan. 22 contest, during which Sales was given credit for a layup late in the game. The tape, which aired yesterday on ESPN, showed Sales' teammate, Kelly Hunt, making the layup.

NCAA officials told ESPN that a correction could be made if there were irrefutable proof of a mistake, but the change could only be initiated by the home team.

When contacted by ESPN reporters, Marie Wozniak, Seton Hall's sports information director for women's basketball, said the school didn't plan to change the game record.

"It's two months in the past. It's a dead issue," Wozniak said.

Sales was one point short of the record, it was thought, when she ruptured her Achilles' tendon in a Feb. 21 game. She was inserted into the Huskies' next game against Villanova, as the coaches of the two teams, with Big East and NCAA approval, allowed the senior guard the uncontested basket to get the record.

Pub Date: 3/11/98

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