Swanier grows into starting role 

March, 10, 2008
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ketia Swanier knew what was coming without even looking at Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma.

With Connecticut out in front of Pittsburgh by a margin that had long since erased any doubt about what the outcome would be in Monday's Big East tournament semifinal, Swanier tried to whip a behind-the-back entry pass from the top of the key.

The diminutive senior -- and at 5 feet, 7 inches, it's a necessary modifier -- seems quick enough to slide into spaces as narrow as the ones between the digits of the No. 11 on the back of her jersey. But there are some spaces a basketball just isn't meant to traverse.

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Graham Hays covers college sports for espnW, including softball and soccer. Hays began with ESPN in 1999.