A Litttle Information From The Boss

by Categorized: 2013 NCAA Tournament, Caroline Doty, Geno Auriemma, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn women's basketball Date:

Here are a few snippets from Geno Auriemma’s postgame comments following Monday’s 77-44 win over Vanderbilt in the second-round of the NCAA Bridgeport Regional.

“One of the things we talked about before the game, at this point in the season, generally you’re going to be playing teams from pretty good conferences that play really good basketball and have beaten some pretty good teams. This Vanderbilt team beat Texas A&M. So we’re going to have to really play. I thought Vanderbilt did a great job of taking us out of some stuff early on and the whole first half, there were a couple of runs, but we just couldn’t find our footing. But our defense was so good that it never felt like we were struggling to keep the lead or struggling in the game period. I thought our defense was as good as it was at any time this year. That’s exactly what you need at this time of the year.”

How important is Caroline Doty to this team?

“We’ve won a lot of games with Caroline Doty as our starting point guard over the years. We’ve won a national championship with her as our starting point guard. It’s just been recently that she’s the worst player ever to play at Connecticut if you listen to the outside coaches. But when you get in the NCAA tournament, there’s really nothing like having been there before and having experienced what it feels like and knowing that you have something that you can provide for the team. I’m not surprised by how she played today. I just truly think that if Caroline can play significant minutes in this tournament, we’re going to be a difficult team to beat.

Is Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis the person who needs to take the big shot?

“My thing with Kaleena is, like a lot of a lot of young players, they tend to speed up. As they get older the game slows down for them. I think every player, at every level, they’ll tell you the game was in slow motion for them. They’ll tell you they can see everything happening before it actually happens and the opposite is true. Things are sometimes going so fast that they can’t keep up with the game. That’s usually a function of where their mind is. Kaleena wants to be great, she wants to be the best player in the country, and she’s awfully competitive. I thought there were a couple of times today where she was in a hurry. I think playing so many minutes, because for a large part of the season, she was the one constant threat out on the floor, was a little bit of a disadvantage for her. But we just didn’t have anybody else in those big games.”

 What are your thoughts on Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis?

“Shooters are kind of funny people. They are very fragile. But I’m hoping that as she grows throughout this tournament, and if we’re lucky enough to play a few more games, you watch her now as she’s shooting shots other than threes, there’s calmness about her. That didn’t exist before. There might be a lot of great players in the country, a lot of great one on one players, a lot of great shooters and offensive players, but I don’t know if I’d trade her for anyone else.”

 

 

 

 

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22 thoughts on “A Litttle Information From The Boss

  1. Steve Gee

    One thing I’ve noticed and liked is KML playing more physical lately, not only when posting-up but also when setting screens. She’ll likely get caught for a moving pick or two, but she’s starting to give as she gets.
    Her overall game just continues to get better.

    1. Is This Really the Time??

      The Final Game for 3 seniors–is this really the time to hash over old worn out comments on Doty and Maya?
      Everyone has read them all over and over.

      I love the New KIDs. Stokes and KML have unlimited potential. Dolson shall be important in future successes. Hartley can return to her former self.

      Last nights game belonged to the SENIORS. Not by stats–but by emotions.

      1. Misty

        Senior night was the emotional night for the seniors. That was weeks ago. Last nights game and Saturdays were just extra games at the Gampel due to NCAA tourney.

        So – this discussion is all about the game and the cast of players and their relative strengths.

        Buck: has had a free unworried 5 years. She should give back that 200,000.

        Doty: can’t play with the big kids anymore, albiet not her fault.

        Faris: has been annointed an all-american by a misguided few. If she could only get us more than 3 points in a difficult game.

        So, the folks that will get us anywhere this year are Steph and KLM.

  2. redcee

    KML is not as athletic as Maya, but all things considered, she’s every bit as good. She’s absolutely a better shooter than Maya. And she’s still got 2 years to go. She’s done that #23 proud.

    1. Bracchus

      Lets not get carried away. Maya was exceptional and arguably the greatest player in UCONN history. Check the stats. I am a huge KML fan and agree that she is a great player.

      Geno’s comments on KML after talking about how important Doty is to the team leave me a little dry.After acknowledging that she has been UCONN’s dominant force in big games, he closes by saying he doesn’t “think that he would trade her for anyone else”???

      How can anybody see Doty as the key to this teams success. Take KML out of that lineup and you have a different team.

    2. Bracchus

      Lets not get carried away. Maya was exceptional and arguably the greatest player in UCONN history. Check the stats. I am a huge KML fan and agree that she is a great player.

      Geno’s comments on KML after talking about how important Doty is to the team leave me a little dry.After acknowledging that she has been UCONN’s dominant force in big games, he closes by saying he doesn’t “think that he would trade her for anyone else”???

      How can anybody see Doty as the key to this teams success. Take KML out of that lineup and you have a different team.

      How in the world does Foru start after Mo Jeff’s performance in the last game against Idaho? That would have been a major confidence builder for her. Doty will be useless against ND and Baylor. But, it looks like Geno is trying to prove a point.

    3. Bracchus

      Lets not get carried away. Maya was exceptional and arguably the greatest player in UCONN history. Check the stats. I am a huge KML fan and agree that she is a great player.

      Geno’s comments on KML after talking about how important Doty is to the team leave me a little dry.After acknowledging that she has been UCONN’s dominant force in big games, he closes by saying he doesn’t “think that he would trade her for anyone else”???

      How can anybody see Doty as the key to this teams success. Take KML out of that lineup and you have a different team.

      How in the world does Foru start after Mo Jeff’s performance in the last game against Idaho? That would have been a major confidence builder for her. Doty will be useless against ND and Baylor. But, it looks like Geno is trying to prove a point.

      Delaware or North Carolina game will be interesting, but we all know that ND and Baylor are the true tests.

      1. UConnFan

        Geno is trying to prove that KML, Dolson, Stewart, and Faris can win the NC with anyone at guard. Doty gets the nod because he loves her. Not so much love for Jefferson, who never had Tina and Maya to play with, like Doty.

  3. ctmike

    Once agian Bria Hartley was awful. Incapable of making a shot and is playing too quickly. Will you just slow down a little!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. COMMENTARY

    Tiff was always held to a different standard than Zero Doty, Faris, and Dolson. Doty only played because Geno loved her. Tiff’s stats are very close to Faris’ stats, with one exception. Tiff scored 700+ more points. Some fans bashed Tiff for falling down. Yet big momma flops and gets love. Go back and read all the negative comments about Tiff. Then read all the love and excuses for Zero Doty, Can’t Shoot Faris, and Flopper Dolson.

  5. OPINION

    “We’ve won a lot of games with Caroline Doty as our starting point guard over the years. We’ve won a national championship with her as our starting point guard” — YOU ALSO WON 2 NC WITH HEATHER BUCK. CREDIT GOES TO TINA AND MAYA, NOT DOTY. THE LOVE FEST FOR ZERO DOTY CONTINUES.

  6. RichinRH

    I’m certainly glad that Geno doesn’t read any of the crap that most of you post ’cause if he did he would have left you total ZERO’s in the dust a long time ago! It’s time for you all to get a life and just set back and let one of the five best basketball coaches (M or W) in the history of the game call the shots and play the athletes that he believes can continue to bring home the banners for you undeserving dolts!!

    1. Webster

      dolt:

      airhead, blockhead, boob*, chump, clodpate, dimwit, dodo, dope, dork, dumbbell, dumdum, dunce, fool, goon, idiot, ignoramus, lamebrain, lunkhead, meathead, nitwit, sap*, simpleton, stupid, yo-yo

  7. Faris Question

    Is it me or has Faris taken a small step back and let others take over? I mean that in a good teammate sort of way. In other words, is she letting Hartley, Stewart, Stokes, Jefferson, and Tuck figure it out for themselves.

    1. Bracchus

      I don’t really se Faris as a leader except by example. I am not sure that she isthat skilled that she could direct the team. A really hard worker, but not a franchise player. If she were surrounded by mediocre talent I am not sure she would be noticed as much.

  8. Gotta Love Al Gores Internet

    JABlog and the Boneryard aren’t the only two places a certain select few are trying to run. This is great stuff from the UConn-Nobody game chat room last night on ESPN.

    MuffetOwnsGeno: “ralphwoof is one of UConn’s best Trolls, a sure high flyer in the UConn Gestapo. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that ralphwoof is being paid by Geno to spew the fascist UConn company line here and defend the UConn Reich against what they percieve as the enemy. That is how maniacal and sick these wackos are now.”

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