The Sun's season-opener with the Chicago Sky is less than 30 minutes away, and one of the more interesting story lines to watch for is the matchup of Sun rookie Tina Charles and Sky center and former LSU star Sylvia Fowles.
Charles famously (at least in the world of UConn basketball) kept a press clipping and photo of Fowles in her locker following the Huskies' loss to LSU in the 2007 NCAA tournament in which Fowles (23 points, 15 rebounds) dominated Charles (one point, three rebounds) en route to a 73-50 victory.
Here's a look at all three times the two met during their college careers, including that NCAA tournament showdown:
Feb. 11, 2007 (72-71 UConn victory):
Charles: 17 points, nine rebounds, 29 minutes, 8-of-12 shooting
Fowles: 22 points, 17 rebounds, 40 minutes, 9-of-15 shooting
March 26, 2007 (73-50 LSU victory):
Charles: one point, three rebounds, 21 minutes, 0-for-5 shooting
Fowles: 23 points, 15 rebounds, 39 minutes, 10-of-18 shooting
Feb. 25, 2008 (74-69 UConn victory):
Charles: 18 points, six rebounds, 40 minutes, 9-of-15 shooting
Fowles: 26 points, 11 rebounds, 40 minutes, 8-of-14 shooting
An interesting thing to note in the final matchup is the play of Kaili McLaren, who finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes and helped keep Fowles (somewhat) at bay.