Auriemma Says It Wasn’t About Who As Much As When

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The evidence was indisputable. The only question was what Geno Auriemma planned to do about it Wednesday when UConn played Central Florida at CFE Arena.
During UConn’s 33–point win over Cincinnati Sunday, the Huskies offense, so crisp through the first 12 games, slumbered scoring just 51 points in the final 35 minutes of a 67-34 win.
The Huskies scored 19 points below their season average, shot just 41 percent from the field and were 5 of 25 from three-point range. They also assisted on just 10 of 25 field goals and had 11 turnovers.
Auriemma surmised he likely has been using too many players within his nine-player rotation and vowed to use Tuesday’s practice to work through the issue of how to solve it.
“The thing I keep going back to is that if I had only played six players, the things that you saw that weren’t really great would have never happened,” Auriemma said. “But when you are trying to play nine it’s going to look ugly, at times, because not everybody fits well together and not everybody is in tune with what we are trying to do when we are trying to do it.”
Auriemma offered another example of what he meant.
“If the Miami Heat only played seven guys regularly, do you think any of their games would be close? But you have to play 10 guys or nine because there are so many games. And when you put other guys in stuff happens, things change.
“That’s sort of where we are now. Instead of getting all the stuff done in November and early December – when Kaleena Mosquda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck missed eight games – we artrying to make up for lost time. You can see [the result].”
During the Huskies 77-49 win, the minutes really didn’t alter much. He four bench players, Morgan Tuck (16), Saniya Chong (10), Brianna Banks (18) and Kiah Stokes (17) played substantial time. They played almost as much as Mosqueda-Lewis, who played 19.
Auriemma said after the game that his motivation was more to find better court combinations.
“It’s not that you can’t get players into the game, or that you can’t keep the rotation going or spread the minutes out, it’s the way you do it; who plays when and with whom. That’s what we are working on now. We are looking for more ways to make our combinations more effective.”

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