While Tara VanDerveer was conducting her postgame press conference Saturday at Maples Pavilion, Geno Auriemma dispensed some additional news to my colleagues, Jim Fuller of the New Haven Register and Rich Elliott of the Connecticut Post, that I wanted to pass along to you this morning once it appeared in their blogs.
Here was a portion of Geno’s reaction to being slapped with his second technical of the season with 13:22 remaining in the 61-35 win over Stanford. Apparently, Geno was not happy with a no-call when Kelly Faris was apparently fouled on a driving layup.
“Although I did think Kelly got fouled, I was more upset that every time Stewie [Breanna Stewart] or Stefanie [Dolson] tried to cut from the high post they were getting whacked,’’ Auriemma said. “Anybody who was watching it could see it. So once again a little bit of overreaction by me. I’ve got to figure out a different way to express my displeasure with the officials. I guess I’ve got to find a different vocabulary to use. But I deserved it. They already gave me a warning early because I had questioned something. So it was deserved.’’
“I don’t think it was one of my better ones. “I’m too old for that stuff. When I was younger I would get my money’s worth. Now after the first initial 15 seconds you just go, `[Shoot], what the hell am I doing? That was stupid.’ So it’s not even as much fun as it used to be.’’
Also, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis spent time in the hospital over the Christmas break attached to an IV to replenish her fluids after becoming ill. She finished with a game-high 19 points (7-of-13 FG) and six rebounds in 34 minutes.