Leave it to Geno Auriemma to turn an opinion about the officials working Friday’s game into a commentary on Breanna Stewart’s court demeanor.
“We have to get the referees up to speed a little,” Auriemma said. “I’m not sure they realize that when Breanna Stewart is on the floor its like having the Scarecrow from “The Wizard of Oz” out there.
“At some point, you are just going to have to lay her on the floor and put her back together again. She’s all over the place.
“At one point, they called a foul on her after she shot the ball. Looks, she falls down so much she should take a breathalyzer before she steps foot on the floor. She runs around and just makes plays that no one else can make. Every time you look over at her, she has fallen down and you don’t know what the heck happened to her.
“We need to let the refs known that’s just the way she is. But let me tell you, you haven’t seen anything, yet.”
With her parents, aunt and brother in the stands, Stewart debuted with 15 points (6 of 11), eight rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes.
“Before the game I was just thinking about how I was actually putting on a UConn uniform,” Stewart said. “It just seemed to surreal that it was finally here for me. As for playing, well, when I get on the floor, I just play as hard as I can and whatever happens, happens.”