After Sunday’s sleeper in Storrs, I asked Geno Auriemma during his post game press conference if he was mad at Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis for picking up three fouls in the first 5:34 of the first half after scoring seven of UConn’s first 13 points.
Heck, I’d be mad at her if I was him. Geno says he hates taking KML off the floor in any circumstances; she is too valuable a scorer and now as a passer.
She ended up playing 23 minutes, but did not score another point:
Here is how Geno answered the question:
“I have this theory that you should never foul a bad player. You should never foul a kid who can’t score. My reaction to fouls is, usually, that there are some fouls that are really good fouls and there are some that are beyond stupid fouls.
“I think the officiating, the way it is in the country today, was pretty indicative of that. They have gotten really good about calling a foul if you go near anybody on the perimeter. But they stink at calling fouls in the lane when there are two post players trying to post up or guys are trying to cut through the lane. So that hasn’t been fixed at all.
“So now you have two different kinds of games being played; you’ve got a perimeter game where no one is allowed to touch anybody and you have a post-game where no one can get open because it’s a wrestling match inside. So I think the officials have got to figure that one out.
“As for Kaleena, she is going to end up getting matched up with a lot of quicker guards and some of it will just happen, but some of it she will have to get smarter. We work on that a lot, if somebody beats you on the dribble, let it go. We’ve got players in the back that can block shots, we lead the country in blocked shots so why would you foul someone dribbling by you? So some of them are good, some of them are dumb. I can’t stand stupid fouls.”