Category Archives: Kelly Faris

Kelly Faris Trying To Adjust To New Role: Waiting For A Chance

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Throughout her successful career as an Indiana high school star and UConn focal point, Kelly Faris has always understood nothing worthwhile has come easy for her.
She has relied on impeccable fundamentals and work habits to compensate for whatever physical skills were lacking. And somehow she has always been able to make it work for herself and her team.
But in her second season with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, Faris is facing the first serious roadblock in her career.
On a young, rebuilding team, stocked with many like-talents, she is now the last player on a 12-player depth chart in a rotation that has rarely gone deeper than nine.

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Kelly Faris Knows Things Can Only Get Better

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Throughout her high school and college career, Kelly Faris was never compelled to think much about what losing felt like. That’s because the teams she played for hardly ever lost, especially once she arrived at UConn.
During her four seasons with the Huskies, the program played in four Final Fours, won two national championships and lost just 11 games. Not a lot of frowns there.
But last season was quite different for her, as it is for most UConn players transitioning for the first time into professional life. The game is quicker, the competition stiffer, the challenge to win greater.
And Faris’ rookie season with the Connecticut Sun in 2013, and her first pro season overseas in Hungary, proved to be quite different experiences for her.
“It was all right,” Faris said. “It was a good learning experience.”

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Recruitment of Kia Nurse Is Down To Last Weekend

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The recruitment of Class of 2014 recruit Kia Nurse, a 6-0 guard from Hamilton, Ontario, is apparently in its final stages.

Rumors began to fly Friday afternoon after a report on a Canadian recruiting site indicated Nurse had verballed to the Huskies. Those reports were quickly refuted by various sources, including her father Richard Nurse, who told the Connecticut Post that the news was premature.

“My understanding is there’s going to be an announcement probably Monday or Tuesday of next week,” Richard Nurse told the Post. The national signing period ends on Wednesday.

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Does The Sun Shine Overseas? Look Here

by Categorized: Allison Hightower, Connecticut Sun, Kelly Faris, Tina Charles, WNBA Date:

Courtesy of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, a look at how their players are doing in professional leagues overseas …..

In France, Mistie Bass is averaging 15.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals in seven for Lyon. Bass has scored in double-figures in six games this season, including 20 in a 76-58 win over Villeneuve on November 9th. She also had five rebounds and three steals in that victory.

In Turkey, Renee Montgomery is averaging 11.8 points, 2.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in four Turkish Leagues for Tarsus Belediyesi. Most recently, she had 31 points, three assists and one steal in a 78-74 loss to Mersin on November 10th. Montgomery was 11-of-11 from the free thow line in the loss.

On November 14th, Montgomery had nine points, seven assists and five steals in Tarsus’ EuroCup victory over Dynamo Guvd-Novosibirsk, 110-54. She is averaging 14.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in two EuroCup contests.

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Just Like UConn, Kelly Faris Getting Ready For New Season

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  Certainly for as long as her former teammates wear the uniform, there will be a connection with UConn and those that helped make Kelly Faris the player and person she is now.

   Of course, when that connection must rely on something stronger – Wi-Fi – and sometimes keeping in touch presents its problems.
  “As long as I have [internet service] I can keep connected with my friends and family at home,” Farisa said Monday by e-mail. “Unfortunately, I don’t always have it. So those are the times that are hard.”

Faris, Hightower Will Miss Remainder Of Season For Connecticut Sun

by Categorized: Allison Hightower, Anne Donovan, Connecticut Sun, Kelly Faris, UConn women's basketball Date:

The worst season in the history of the Connecticut Sun, both in terms of record and injury, got substantially worse on Tuesday.

The Sun, 7-17, announced that All Star guard Allison Hightower and rookie Kelly Faris will both be sidelined for the remainder of the season with injuries.

The Sun host the Minnesota Lynx Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Hightower, who has already missed the last three Sun games, is suffering from a strained right knee. Faris has reinjured the left foot she hurt during the 2012-13 UConn women’s basketball season.

  “We are really disappointed, obviously,” Sun coach Anne Donovan said. “Allison has begun to emerge as one of the best young guards in the WNBA, as evidenced by her well-deserved selection to the All Star team. And Kelly worked hard to gain a spot in the starting lineup. She was playing better and better, and she is definitely someone we had grown to count on this season. I have no doubt she will continue to work hard to get back on the court.”

   In her fourth season, Hightower is averaging 12.9 points per game, six points higher than her previous career-high for a single season. She has made a career-best 24 threes, which leads the Sun.

 Faris just broke into the starting lineup on August 14. In that game against Atlanta at the Mohegan Sun Arena, she was 4 of 4 from the field with three made three-pointers, collecting 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. She also had a team-high seven rebounds at Chicago Sunday.

   Five Sun players have missed a total of 40 games this season. Connecticut has had a full roster of 11 players available for an entire game just twice, against New York in the season opener, and at Tulsa on July 19. The Sun started with 11 players at Chicago on May 31, but lost Renee Montgomery in the fourth quarter with a high ankle sprain.



Kelly Faris Has Her Day In The Sun (For The Sun)

by Categorized: Anne Donovan, Connecticut Sun, Kelly Faris, UConn women's basketball, WNBA Date:

  Anne Donovan admits much of her day is occupied listening to the little voice inside her head that seems to be on an endless reel.

   “Every morning, every minute of every day it’s like, ‘What has happened to us? Why has it happened?,” Donovan said. “I know some fans are probably looking at me and thinking ‘What did you do here?’

 “But I have strong faith and I believe everything happens for a reason.”

  Donovan has been part of winning and losing cultures. She won a WNBA title in Seattle and a gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. But she also coached Seton Hall through three losing seasons.

  She knows winning has as much to do with belief as losing does and that thriving programs build positivity as much as talented depth. Continue reading

Kelly Faris Wants Everyone To Know “Bunny Ears” Was All In Fun

by Categorized: Barack Obama, Kelly Faris, SNY, Stefanie Dolson, UConn women's basketball Date:

By Thursday night, Kelly Faris was pretty fed up with the questions and second-guessing that’s taken place about what happened at the White House Thursday when UConn visited the President.

To repeat: Stefanie Dolson and Kiah Stokes, in a light-hearted gesture the President consented to after some playful prodding, flashed the bunny ears sign over Barack Obama’s head during the formal photo session following the reception to honor the team’s national championship.

“Ok, when you look at it in the past tense you say you probably shouldn’t do that,” Faris said Thursday night. “But honestly, everyone was just kind of joking about it. It was no big deal to anyone. The President was having fun with it and eventually said, ‘Ok then, just do it.’

“he President is someone who will just walk into a room, especially with a group of athletes, and just keep things lighthearted.”

Earlier in the evening, Dolson told blogger Carl Adamec Thursday that she meant no disrespect when she and Stokes flashed the infamous “bunny ears.”

“President Obama’s a light-hearted guy,” Dolson said. “He was making jokes, cracking jokes at Coach [Geno Auriemma], even during his speech he was joking around. When we posed for the picture he turned around and kind of said, ‘Don’t go doing those bunny ears as a joke.’ Me, Kiah, and Stewie (Breanna Stewart) were like, ‘Should we do it?’ We took the nice pictures and then as a joke we put our fingers behind his ears. I thought it was funny. Overall, I thought it was a good time.

“Obviously there are people that thought it was disrespectful. I meant no disrespect towards the president. I hope he knows that and I hope everyone else knows that. It was a joke. When people see the video and know why I did it, they’ll understand that. And people that know me, that know what kind of person I am, know I would never disrespect any person like that.”

“I didn’t think anything of it until I heard about some of the reaction,” Dolson said. “Watching the video, it made me realize why I did it.”

On Thursday, Dolson did not deny doing something playful.

“I did indeed [do it],” she told the Courant. “He [Obama] said we wouldn’t do it. So we did.”

A UConn spokesman told the Courant Thursday that neither Geno Auriemma or Chris Dailey, UConn';s associate coach. were upset with any of the players.

“They were there. They saw and heard everything that went on,” the spokesman said.”They are not upset at all.”

Kelly Faris Back With UConn – Today And For All Time

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Kelly Faris, a pragmatic thinker if there ever was one, could look at Wednesday’s trip to the White House with the UConn women’s basketball team as the end of her time with the program. One final handshake.

  Truth is, Faris, Heather Buck and Caroline Doty all played their final game for Geno Auriemma in New Orleans in April. And its that win over Louisville in the national championship game that brings the team together once again to be feted by President Barack Obama.

   But Faris, now a rookie guard with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, doesn’t look at the ceremony as a formal goodbye to an institution that took her to four Final Fours and helped her win two championships. Continue reading

Faris Is Learning About The Realities Of WNBA Life

by Categorized: 2013 WNBA Draft, Connecticut Sun, Kelly Faris, Kelsey Griffin, Sue Bird, Tina Charles, UConn women's basketball, WNBA Date:

During her career at UConn, Kelly Faris played in 154 games. She was a member of four Final Four teams and two national champions, including the Huskies’ 39-0 team in 2009-10.

    In her golden era, UConn lost just 11 games, seven to Notre Dame. The success against the rest was surely intoxicating, resulting in the sense of infallibility which has fueled Geno Auriemma’s perennial powerful program for the last two decades.

   But as every UConn player who joins the WNBA finds out, the glow doesn’t persist. Players fly commercial, often live alone in a condominium and play against the top talent in the world on a daily basis. It’s an unremitting tempo that can initially shock your system.

   And after the Connecticut Sun’s 78-68 loss to the New York Liberty Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the look on Faris’ face suggested her new reality was starting to wear on her.

  “I’ve been spoiled by my past,” Faris admitted. “At UConn, I was a part of very good teams with a lot of talent. Right now, it’s frustrating to me that we’re in kind of in a hole.”

   The loss dropped the Sun to 2-4 and set up a very crucial early-season game Sunday against the Seattle Storm (1-3) at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

   Without both Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird this season, the Storm are the league’s lowest scoring team. They had just four points in the third quarter of Friday’s 68-59 loss in Atlanta.

   And as it tries to rebound Sunday, the Sun realize they must find a way to gather momentum into July without either Renee Montgomery (high ankle sprain) or Tan White (broken finger). They also know there is no alternative. With Chicago, Atlanta, Washington and New York off to strong starts in the Eastern Conference, there is no time to waste.

  “The conference is going to be a battle to the end,” Kelsey Griffin said. “Everyone [in the conference] is really good. There are no gimmes and everyone knows it.”

   On Friday, the Liberty held Tina Charles to seven points (3-of-17) and four rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the first time this season the MVP didn’t reach a double-double.

    Charles, burdened with four fouls early in the third quarter, said after the game that she “wasn’t as aggressive” as she wanted to be in the first half

    “I thought in the second half [when they outscored Connecticut 54-35] they [the Liberty] really came at us aggressively,” Sun coach Anne Donovan said. “We came back after their runs, but we were waiting on Tina [Charles] to get going a lot of times. We need to get aggressive and confident in other positions all the time. We need to play off of Tina when she’s playing well or when she’s not. We’re very aware of that now and hopefully it’s something that we continue to remember in the future. “

  One of the ways Donovan hopes to insure that after Sunday is by getting newcomer Iziane Castro Marques more involved. The veteran guard, signed last week, played just five first-half minutes on Friday with two points. She will be counted on to complement the scoring provided by Kara Lawson and Allie Hightower, who combined for 33 points and six three-pointers against the Liberty.

 “We needed some practice time to get Izzie into a rotation and to see how she might be able to help us so we were playing a lot of minutes with Kara [35 on Friday], Alli [35] and Kalana [Greene, who played 29].

   “Kelly stepped up and gave us some good minutes [five points in 16 minutes] but we need to get Izzie into that rotation as well.  We need some practice time, to be honest, and we get that after Seattle [the next game is June 23].  And I’ll feel better, probably, at that point to know exactly what we got. “

  As for Faris, the time will likely help her better understand the realism of professional basketball where there are no UConns. In Tulsa, her former college nemesis, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, the third pick in the draft, is on a team that’s 1-6.

  “This team [the Sun] is full of talent,” Faris said. “We all need to get on the same page and there is plenty of time for us to turn it around. We’re more than capable of focusing on the little things we need to do better to improve as a group.”