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Chong Is American’s Freshman Of The Week

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Saniya Chong has been selected as the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week for the first time this season. She averaged 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Huskies, which included her second and third starts. Chong also had eight assists and turned the ball over only once in 65 minutes.

Chong got the week started with a 17-point, 10-rebound effort in Wednesday’s win over UCF.  Chong was 7-13 from the floor with three assists and the double-double was the first of her career.  She followed that up with seven points and five assists in the win at Houston on Saturday.

Tentative? Chong? Not On Wednesday

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When you’ve spent your high school years putting the ball in the basket, like Saniya Chong did at Ossining (N.Y.) High, where she scored 2,988 points, people tend to notice when the process comes to a halt in college.
Coming into UConn’s game Wednesday against Central Florida at the XL Center, Chong had played two consecutive games and 52 minutes without scoring a point. And then another six minutes passed at the start of the Huskies’ 83-35 win without any change.
Then things started to change. With 13:37 to play in the first half, UConn already ahead 13-4, Chong took a perfect pass from Stefanie Dolson and scored her first basket. She was on her way to a career-high 17 points, accented by a career-high 10 rebounds and the first double-double in college.

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Saniya Chong’s Other Suitor Still Loves Her (Game)

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Louisville was one of Saniya Chong’s major suitors when during her All-American high school career. And UConn’s recruitment of her made perfect sense to Cardinals coach Jeff Walz.
“UConn does a great job of not just going after the top player in the country every year,” Walz said. “We went to Ossining, N.Y., to see Saniya Chong play. And when you looked at her, you thought; here’s a shooter who understands the game. But if you wanted her to be your go-to player, then maybe a school [at a level lower than UConn] may have not been the best place for her. But she is awfully good at everything that she does. She reminds me very much of Mel Thomas.”

Chong Latest Example Of How Tough Being A Freshman Is

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Success isn’t the only characteristic that seems to self-perpetuate at UConn. Freshman angst also has made a name for itself over the years.
Every year brings another example – or two – about how the wear and tear of a long season tends to cook the brain of a kid who has never experienced it. And the mental and physical fatigue does not discriminate, striking stars as often as the role players.
Last year, Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart had their moments as freshmen. This year, both are playing like All-Americans.
Perhaps the same will be true about Saniya Chong, for whom the bell now tolls.

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Chong, Banks Respond To Geno’s Prodding

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Only eight games remain in the regular season after No. 1 UConn’s win over the Cincinnati on Saturday. But even though the Huskies are now 23-0, some things about heading down the stretch will never change.
“If we did everything right exactly the way we wanted to get it done right now going into February, maybe we wouldn’t be able to sustain it,” Geno Auriemma said prior to the game. “There’s a lot we have to fix during the month of February. But during the month of February is when the great teams separate themselves from all the other teams. Anybody can play good in November, December and January. But when February comes around that’s when you start to find out who’s going to be serious in March and who’s not.

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Auriemma Wants To See Improvement From Banks And Chong

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For those of you who always think things can get better with UConn’s 22-0 team, Geno Auriemma offered you something of substance to chew on Thursday.

He wants both junior Brianna Banks and freshman Saniya Chong to pick it up – and quickly.

“I don’t think Saniya has gotten a lot better, which I had hoped she would. I think she’s hit a plateau a bit, which is kind of natural [for a freshman],” Auriemma said,

“I don’t think Brianna Banks has gotten better and she is going to have to take a major step forwards. We need both of them to get good and to get good fast.”

After the Temple win Tuesday night, Geno said how impressed he was with the play of Chong, even though she did not take a shot or score a point in 17 minutes. Here’s why:

.”Just goes to show you how bad she was playing, that I was happy about how she played at Temple,” Auriemma said. “She didn’t take a shot and didn’t score. But she looked more involved. For someone as talented as she is offensively, she gets a bit overwhelmed with how hard you need to go every day [in practice] and how hard u have to play every game

.”This month [February] we need to make sure both are contributors every night.”

Auriemma Was Surprised Chong Too Sick To Play

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Since freshman Saniya Chong was sick, the Huskies pushed through the first 38 minutes, 50 seconds with just six players doing all the work. With 1:10 to play, walk-ons Tierney Lawlor and Briana Pulido made their first appearance.  “She told me on the bench when I was just getting ready to put her in,” Geno Auriemma said. “She said, ‘I don’t feel good.’ I told her, ‘I don’t either, but I’m here. If I only showed up when I felt good, I would be here like twice a month.
“She said my head hurts, my stomach hurts, my eyes hurt. So I said, ‘Now we’re even.”

UConn Discovering That Chong Is Quite The Find

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In her first six games at UConn, freshman Saniya Chong has played 121 minutes and committed just four turnovers. That is a remarkable ratio for any player, let alone a freshman who came to the program with a reputation as a big scorer.

   But Chong has already proven to be much more for No. 1 UConn. And Geno Auriemma simply can’t say enough nice things about her.

   “The thing that’s unique about Soniya is she knows exactly what she is good at,” Auriemma said. “She knows exactly what she should do and she does it. She is not out there trying to reinvent the wheel every time she is on the floor. She knows when she is open she will make most of her 3’s. She knows when she drives it she will finish somewhere around the basket. She knows when somebody steps on her, she knows which pass to throw. Not always, but most of the time.

 “Not all of those things are taught .,. those are instinctive. She has great instincts. She has a great feel for the game. One that is more advanced for her age.”

  It’s not as if everything has worked out well for her. At Maryland on Nov. 15, Auriemma did not use her in the second half just a few days after making two three-pointers in just 53 seconds against Stanford, then ranked No. 3.

  “That was only game that she has struggled,” Auriemma said. “And that wasn’t even physical, it was more mental.”

      But two days later at Penn State, again coming off the bench, things were much different. She scored 16 points with six rebounds in 27 minutes of a 19-point win.

“We have a pretty good player on our hands and I just want her to keep getting better,” Auriemma said.

  “Coach told me to be aggressive,” Chong said. “I know the role I play for my team. I had to go out there and create. I needed to understand better exactly what I am out there to do.’’

Chong is averaging 8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and and has 12 assists. She is shooting 53.1 percent from the field (10-for-23 from three). She scored 15 points in 24 minutes Friday against Boston University making 4 of 6 from three.

  “It’s not all about scoring when you come to play like UConn,” Chong said.



Chong Takes First Step At Becoming A Better Defender

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It takes effort to score nearly 3,000 points in high school, not to mention the requisite initiative, ego and self-absorption to demand the ball and put it precisely where it is designed to go.

    It is primarily because Saniya Chong scored prolifically at Ossining (N.Y.) High that she is now playing at UConn. But now that she is here, the only scholarship freshman on the defending national champion, her game must change to fit in with the others.
“I don’t think there is any convincing that we have to do,” Geno Auriemma said Friday after UConn’s 101-35 win over Gannon in the preseason opener at Gampel Pavilion. “I think by virtue of a high school kid deciding that they want to come to Connecticut, they naturally know the days averaging 38 points are over.
“They end up enjoying the fact that there are a lot of other things that they never did in high school. It makes the game more fun.”

Viewing (And Listening) Guide To UConn’s Preseason Opener

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UConn fans, your long, patient wait is about to end.
The 2013-14 preseason opens Friday – that’s tonight, right after the Nightly News with Brian Williams – at Gampel Pavilion at 7 p.m., against Gannon, a Division II Final Four team with all five starters returning.

You may also listen to Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske on the UConn Radio Network, if that works out better for you.

Here is your viewer’s guide:
Freshman Saniya Chong says she is nervous and excited about making her debut.
The coaches are nervous and excited for her too, but for other reasons.
“Like most freshmen she looks really good some days and she looks lost some days,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “She picks things up really quickly and what she’s good at she’s really good at. What she’s not good at — defensively — she’s awful at. So when we have the ball she’s pretty good. When they have the ball, she’s not so good. She runs up the floor and if she doesn’t have a steal by the time she reached midcourt she loses interest. But over time that will change.

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