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Do you think Geno Auriemma believes this is a good time to play Baylor?
“It’s good to get away from the conference games for a while,” he said. “It’s a game that doesn’t impact your chance to win a championship, as opposed to conference games, which do determine if you will win [a conference title]. Any time you can play a game that previews the type of game you hope to play in March, it’s a good thing.”
Do you think Auriemma believes Baylor is the best team in the country?
“Until someone beats them in the NCAA Tournament, they are the defending champions. They have everyone back. They should win it [the national championship],” Auriemma said. “That’s what everyone said about us in 2009-10. I haven’t seen anything during the season to convince me they are aren’t as good, if not better than last season.”
According to Auriemma, what will it take for UConn to beat Baylor on Monday?
“I think the feeling most people around the nation have is that someone will have to play a great, great game, and Baylor would have to play less than their best game, for someone to beat them,” Auriemma said. “But that can happen in the NCAA Tournament; it’s happened a lot in the tournament, as a matter of fact.”
Does Geno think like you? Is Stefanie Dolson having a great season?
“Stefanie has certainly become maybe the most important player on our team,” he said. “And that’s because she can do so many things to help our team win. Going into this weekend, having someone like her makes all the difference in the world. You saw what we looked without her against St. John’s.”
Does Stefanie Dolson believe she’s better equipped for Brittney Griner this season?
“Once I got tired [in the past], I tended to foul and thought getting into her body was the way to defend her,” Dolson said. “But I am smarter now and believe more mature. I am completely different player than I was last year.”
What does Kara Wolters think Diana Taurasi is thinking about getting the chance to play with Griner next season in Phoenix?
“I can tell you that Diana Taurasi is really excited right now,” Wolters said. “Can you imagine? Who are you going to guard on that team?”
What would you like to know about Brittney Griner?
She has 2,975 career points, 1,181 career rebounds and NCAA records of 695 blocks and 13 dunks to her credit. Griner recently became the Big 12’s all-time scoring leader and the NCAA career block record holder (695), men or women. She already owns the NCAA record for career dunks (13).
When she reaches 3,000 points, she would become just the 8th player in NCAA Division I history to do so (Maya Moore scored 3,036 in her UConn career). Moore holds the NCAA record by scoring in double-figures 149 times. Griner is second with 135.
What makes Baylor so special, anyway?
Well, they won all 40 games last season and now own the nation’s longest winning streak (22). That means the Lady Bears have won 62 of the last 63 and their one loss, by two points to Stanford, was by two points and it was in Hawaii and it was basically without guard Odyssey Sims, who injured her hamstring four minutes after the opening tap.
Baylor averages 49.0 in the paint; its opponent just 17.8. And in its last 242 games, only one opponent Stanford (50.9) shot 50 percent or above. This season, the Cardinal broke BU’s 217-game streak of holding an opponent to 50 percent or less shooting from the floor.
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