Here is a taste of what Geno Auriemma said after Monday’s 76-70 loss to Baylor.
“I thought we were in control of the game the entire first half, until the final three minutes against a really good team. But if you make mental mistakes against a good team, the game can change quickly, even as well as we played defensively. It should have been a 15-point lead in the first half and not three and that changes everything.
“We knew they wouldn’t score 26 points in the second half. But I don’t know the last three minutes in the first half was the deciding point, but it was indicative of what decided the game. No question.”
Auriemma told the XL Center crowd after the game that he didn’t think his team was good enough to beat Baylor at this point of the season.
“Having the ability to make plays is how you win games like this, I told Kaleena that this was the kind of game that Maya Moore [who attended] would have scored 50 [KML scored 26]. The only difference was a seven- or eight-minute stretch where she wasn’t involved. Kaleena is just learning how much more she could do. And she was phenomenal.
“Are we ready to win this game? Yes. We could have easily won it. But we are not smart enough to win it. And based as us as individuals, we are not good enough to beat this team. It needs to be a collective effort, our team against their’s. And that went away in the second half.
Here’s what he had to say about freshman Breanna Stewart, who did not score in seven minutes. She was just 0 for 2 from the field.
“When you are a young player and you get stunned at some point of the season it takes a lot to recover. I don’t know when it happened, but right now Breanna Stewart’s mind isn’t going to let her be the kind of player we think she can be – right now, today. Maybe in a month it will change. Right now it’s not good. But that’s what it is. She is struggling physically with things on a regular basis and it gets into your head.”