The Queensland Firebirds have confirmed their roster for the new Australian netball league, locking in the title-winning shooting combination of Romelda Aiken and Gretel Tippett.But the reigning trans-Tasman champions will be counting on young talent to step up if they are to claim a third straight title after losing captain Laura Geitz (pregnancy), key defender Clare McMeniman (retirement) and centre Kim Ravaillion (Collingwood).Laura Clemesha, who has been an understudy to Geitz and McMeniman for the last four seasons, will form a new-look back court with promising goal keeper Kate Shimmin, lured across from the Adelaide Thunderbirds.Rookie Mahalia Cassidy, 20, has been earmarked as Ravaillions replacement in midcourt.The rest of Queenslands super seven starting side - which won the last two trans-Tasman grand finals - remains intact, with the retention of Jamaican Aiken on a two-year deal the biggest coup.Aiken was in huge demand from rival sides but the 27-year-old said she never intended to play for anyone else.It wasnt a hard decision. Ive been here since 2008 and this has been home for me, said Aiken, the Firebirds player of the year who finished as the trans-Tasman competitions all-time leading scorer.I know where my heart is. The culture here is a credit to Rose (Jencke) and Jenny (Brazel).Its going to be an exciting year and I cant wait to start playing netball again.Coach Roselee Jencke said with co-captains Geitz and McMeninman gone, she will be looking for more leadership from Aiken, now the franchises longest-serving player.Shes the superstar bookend. 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The Ducks wanted to get off to a fast start in their Maui finale and did just that, racing to a 15-point lead in the opening 4 1/2 minutes.UConn (2-4) chipped into the lead by halftime, but the Ducks started flying again, building the lead back up to 17.Dylan Ennis added 15 points for Oregon, which shot 54 percent and made 9 of 21 from 3-point range.Jalen Adams led the Huskies with 27 points and Rodney Purvis added 13.Comes down to fundamentals: play defense and execute on offense, UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. I dont know what else to say. Energy and youve got to play defense. They made shots and we didnt make shots. Simple game. Theres no secret to it.The Ducks attacked the Huskies from the opening tip, scoring the games first 10 points, racing out to an 18-point lead.Ollie called a timeout 41 seconds into the game and Adams, the Huskies leading scorer, headed to the bench at 17:03 after picking up his second foul.I dont think we were just playing with the intensity we should have, Adams said. We didnt match their intensity or their energy and I think we have to work on that. Weve got to build on that.Oregon pushed the lead to 21, but the Huskies came roaring back.UConn started hitting shots it was missing earlier, while the Ducks went more than 8 minutes without a field goal, trimming the lead to 339-28 by halftime.ddddddddddddOregon revved up again to start the second half, hitting 5 of its first 7 shots to push the lead to 53-34.UConn had one more run. The Huskies whittled away at the lead and got it down to eight with 3 minutes left, but couldnt make up any more ground.I just thought our energy level today was much better because of the ball movement and getting some shots down, Oregon coach Dana Altman said.BIG PICTUREOregon finished the Maui Invitational with a flourish after a dud of a start. The Ducks should get better as Brooks, their leader, builds up stamina in his return from offseason foot surgery.UConns young team is still trying to gel. The Huskies struggled against Oklahoma States pressure in the opener, Chaminades perimeter shooting the next game and the Ducks flock of athletes in the finale.BROOKS PROGRESSIONBrooks was limited to eight points in 13 minutes in Oregons opener against Georgetown, his first game back since offseason foot surgery.The preseason All-America was back to his Duck-leading role against Tennessee in the second round, scoring 17 points and hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in overtime.Brooks was limited to nine points in 18 minutes Wednesday, but did all the little things the Ducks need, like playing defense, distributing the ball -- five assists -- and providing leadership.LARRIER OUTUConn announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Terry Larrier will miss the rest of the season with a torn left ACL.Larrier was injured Monday night against Oklahoma State while driving to the basket. Hes expected to be out eight months.UConn was expecting a big contribution from the 6-foot-8 Larrier, who sat out last season after transferring from Virginia Commonwealth.UP NEXTUConn hosts Boston University on Nov. 30.Oregon hosts Boise State on Monday.---More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25 ' ' '