A Little Something Postgame From Geno

by Categorized: 2014 NCAA women's tournament, Geno Auriemma, UConn women's basketball Date:

Here is small taste of what Geno Auriemma had to say tonight about UConn’s win over Prairie View:

Opening Statement:
“At this time of year, you just want to get the first one out of the way and do a lot of good things. You know you’re not going to play your best game of the year, because when you haven’t played for two weeks, and it’s not easy to come out and be in game mode. I thought we did a lot of great things today, and Tuesday we’re playing a really good team and we need to be better and we will be.”

On the starters performance all year to carry the team:
“They have been able to withstand a lot, starting with November when K and Morgan went down… It’s been the same thing every night. They know they have to play well, they know they have to stay out of foul trouble, and they know they have to execute. They come into the tournament with a lot of confidence in themselves and a lot of confidence in each other, and at this time of year I don’t know that there’s anything more important.”

On forgetting things after not playing for twelve days:
“It’s not really forgetting. You rush when you should take a deep breath, and you take a deep breath when you should be moving quickly. No one forgets how to pass, how to cut, how to screen, or how to shoot the ball. What happens is you throw the ball to someone before or after they’re ready to catch it, or you don’t get to a spot in time, so you foul more. You’re not in game mode.”

On Stewart’s ability to turn her game around:
“With Stewie, you let it go. This isn’t last year, this is this year. She’s older and smarter and more mature in her approach and you know it’s just a matter of time… With her it’s just fun to see it develop. Even when she’s struggling now, you know what’s coming next. Whereas last year she would let it effect the whole game for her, now that’s not the case.”

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