Freshman Morgan Tuck started her first game of the season for senior Caroline Doty, who had 26 starts coming into the game. Auriemma played a hunch that Tuck’s size might help a bit more than Doty.
“South Florida’s lineup is a little different,” Auriemma said. “Caroline would have ended up guarding a post player. That was one factor. The other was that I wanted to see what we looked like with two legitimate post players at the start. I thought maybe we could take advantage of some situations inside against them.
“It’s not easy trying to figure out what the best combination is for any particular game or situation. All year long we’ve kept an eye on making adjustments and we will keep doing it. Maybe we’ll eventually be like that. But what you saw [Saturday] may not necessarily be what we look like Monday or next week [at the Big East tournament].”
Tuck (17 minutes) and Doty (16) ended up being in the game about the same.