Faris Says It’s Time For UConn To Get Serious

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And now UConn prepares for the likelihood of a third game against Notre Dame in the Big East tournament championship game on March 12. And perhaps they will meet again in the national semifinals in New Orleans.

If so, UConn will have to rethink everything it has done, if for no other reason than to prevent it from happening again.

“These are the games you look forward to,” Kelly Faris said. “If the game is on the line, the competitor within you makes everything else go out the window. It doesn’t matter how long you have been out there. It doesn’t matter how long your opponent has been on the court. There is a game out there to win and that should be everything and anything that is on your mind.

“The change [with UConn] has to start individually and become a collective thing.

“I have always said there is something to learn from a loss. There always is. I will sit there and rack my brain, think about things we could have done better. We should have blocked this person out or done this better. There’s going to be a million things that we should have done differently.

“In the end, you have to figure out who wants it more. What are you willing to give up to get it? And it can’t come from just one or two people. It needs to come from an entire team that is willing to give up everything to win.”

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39 thoughts on “Faris Says It’s Time For UConn To Get Serious

  1. Here's An Idea

    Hey Faris, instead of talking about it in coach speak after each lost your team choked away in the last 2 full season … HOW ABOUT LEADING BY EXAMPLE AND STOP GETTING BURNED ON DEFENSE, STOP THROWING THE BALL AWAY, AND STOP TURNING THE BALL OVER IN CRITICAL MOMENTS, LIKE IN THE 3RD OT

    1. billnaples

      Here’s an idea, go back and watch the tape of this game. Kelly Faris was not the reason UConn lost this game.

        1. Steve Gee

          We get it.
          You don’t like Faris.
          You don’t like Geno.
          We get it.
          No matter how many unclever names you use.

      1. Village Idiot

        Bill Naples—again common sense in a nonsensical world!!
        27 and 3 this is truly a very bad team. Almost like Oscosh U.
        Uconn had the game won most of the game up to 13 seconds remaining in regulation. I could go thru turnover/Free Throws–but why?
        If you are a Basketball Fan even one from Mars–this was a game to enjoy.

        Freshmen were put in moments at the end of the game no freshman should have to be in. At games end if you can’t find a 40 percent foul shooter, you go after the freshmen–common practice.

        I enjoyed the back and forth up to the 3rd overtime.
        Blame Geno for getting more out of 2 freshmen than any Uconn fan had a right to expect. Blame Faris and Doty for trying so hard they hit ND everytime they scored with a Uconn score.
        If you don’t love UConn women find another site to vent your hate. (not you Bill Naples you are a true fan)

      2. redcee

        She was one of them. Blowing the front end of a one and one at the free throw line was a big part of it. Love her, but she’s to blame, too. By the way, up 6 with 2:04 to go in the first OT and Breanna Stewart standing at the foul line with a one and one and you can’t close it out–well, that’s CHOKING. There’s no other word for it. But If I was ND I wouldn’t be feeling all that good about myself either. Enough of the “Fighting Irish” and “guard dog” bullsh*t”: ND did not win that game; UConn lost it.

        1. UCONOSTIC

          All three games UCONN lost are winnable and decided by last few minutes at the most. Therefore few plays / missed plays / calls / FT decided the game, this means all of these teams are at par and a new game and new day the results maybe different. Great game and good entertainment. All the best for the March and April

    2. eLLEN ELLEN

      I am not a big fan of Geno’s personality. He’s arrogant, big mouthed, sarcastic, won’t take constructive criticism, yells at his players, discriminates with his players, calls his players out in public, he tell you if you complain about him to come to his Practices and then won’t let you in, I could go on and on.

      Yet the guy is loyal, honest, arrogant, loud mouthed, best damn coach in the Women’s basketball world. Who else would I want coaching this team–NO ONE!!!

    3. Myldrid Diggins

      THANK YOU UCONN ANTI-FANS. HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE DEMORALIZED YOUR COACHES AND THE uCONN wbb TEAM AND WE WON’T HAVE TO PLAY THEM AGAIN IN THE BIG EAST. I LOVE THE WAY YOU BLAMED DOTY, KALEENA, DOLSON, FARIS, STEWART, TUCK, AND THE WATER BOY FOR THE WAY WE BEAT THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF YOUR TEAM.
      MUFFET IS A GREAT COACH, GENO IS A HAS BEEN. BUT YOU HAVE PUT A THOUSAND NAILS IN HIS COFFIN AND MAYBE HE WILL QUIT UCONN AND COME TO A REAL TEAM WITH REAL FANS WHO WOULD TEAR DOWN THE WALL FOR HIM.
      YOU DON’T DESERVE PLAYERS LIKE THOSE WE PLAYED AGAINST, THOSE KIDS ARE TOUGH AND THEY HUNG IN THERE LONGER THAN ANYONE OTHER THAN BAYLOR. I TRULY HOPES STOKES TRANSFERS TO NOTRE DAME, STEWART AND TUCK TOO–THEN NO ONE WILL BEAT US.

  2. DEAR KIAH STOKES

    PLEASE TRANSFER. GENO HATES YOUR GUTS. HE WOULD RATHER LOSE TO TEAMS WITH EQUAL TALENT THAN LET YOU PLAY. SHOW THE WORLD YOU CAN BE AN EXCELLENT PLAYER. WHO CARES IF YOUR NEW TEAM DOES NOT WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. ONLY ONE TEAM DOES. AND UCONN IS NOT WINNING NEXT YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP WITH HARTLEY AS THE LEADER AND DOTY GONE.

  3. Christine

    I wouldn’t put the blame on Kelly at all. If anything Caroline Doty was the one causing turnovers, I’m shocked Geno left her in as long as he did.

    1. Reality showing

      Geno had Dolson and Hatley on the bench with fouls-Stokes and Buck were his only subs. Neither had big time games or experience. Doty has experience–that’s why she got more time than either she or Geno wanted.
      Jefferson is a Freshmen–who seemed pressured by this big time game. Experience at crunch time beats good dribbling Freshmen

  4. masnalpak

    UC lost cuz of 35 TO’S, bigs had 16. Why Geno plays Doty vs Jefferson is beyond me. Doty has been playing scared all year ( knees). With ND and Baylor losing their stars, UC will walk away with the big one in 2014

    1. redcee

      He plays Doty instead of Jefferson because MOJeff has NO offense. She has NO shot; she doesn’t create, she doesn’t spot the open man, she’s not big enough to defend against someone like McBride or Diggins, and she plays out of control sometimes. And sad as it is to say, ND’s freshmen look far more developed and capable than do UConn’s so I wouldn’t be all that optimistic about the immediate future. I’d take Jewel Loyd over any UConn freshman at the moment.

  5. Jerry

    We have a great team, probably with more talent than any team in the country. The problem is a mental one. What we have to overcome – and this has been the problem for perhaps the last two years for sure – when it comes to crunch time against equal or near equal teams – the other teams seem to play harder and smarter. It’s almost like in the last two minutes of halves we revert to a much lesser team. If UCONN can rectify this, they can win the Big East and the National Championship. If not Notre Dame and Baylor will continue to have UCONN’s number, even though we have equal if not better talent than both as a team.

    1. redcee

      No we do not have equal or better talent than ND. Dolson and KML are superior, but ND 1 thru 5 is deeper and they have a better bench as well. Right now, UConn is Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and sometimes Kelly Faris. That’s the offense. You’re kidding yourself if you think that translates to “more talent than any team in the country.”

      1. TexasBogger

        Agree. We must be satisfied as the 3rd best team or be allowed to vent our frustrations.

  6. Jeff Brown

    To Here’s an Idea -

    To blast Kelly Faris for last night’s loss makes you look foolish! 21 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals not good enough for you?! Yes, she (and other teammates) missed a crucial free throw in OT, but she’s human after all. As for defense, she always draws the toughest assignment and in the case of ND, it’s the ball hog who hoisted up 30-31 shots (shooting 33%) to get her points. If anyone throws the ball at the basket that many times, it’s bound to go in once in a while! I’m not sure that qualifies as getting burned on defense.

    Anyway, “here’s an idea”, learn something about the game and base your opinions on facts (stats) not emotion and stupidity!

    Go Huskies!!

    1. Kreddy Fool

      You forgt 4 TO’s each at the absolute wrong time. Stop post game preaching Kelly Faris and take care of the rock

    1. Bob St Amand

      Tom Be more specific how are UConn so terrible.They. support the team at home and away.

  7. Wade Russell

    Ladies! Its time to stop reading your clippings, shutup to the press and win a big game. Its very frustrating to watch the same mistakes by the same players in the big spots. Most coaches would have made changes and let other kids succeed or fail. The complaint against the coach of too little PT for some players in blowout games is legit. Its time for Doty and Hartley to sit. I’m sure they are fine ladies but not real great players right now.

  8. hjoerring

    Obviously any game requiring 3OT is either bad or fantastic. This was the latter. Both teams are very good, and their rankings speak to that. Think about it. Taking a team to 3OT on their turf is no easy feat. Being forced to come back every time shows spine. I have said it before- as others have, that this UCONN team while very good (and can play with anyone– and maybe win?)is too soft in crunch time compare to Baylor and ND. This might not be something we can fix before the BE T and NCAA T. I hope I’m wrong, but too many players underperforming. Perhaps punishing players by not playing them based on how they perform/hustle in practice has backfired or; a player or two do not like the role mapped out for them an it is playing havoc on them. Bria’s foot, yes. But she is a scorer who is told (maybe) to cut down on her shots. These shots are then given to KML and Faris. For a shooter the mere fact that you must go from (roughly speaking)7 to 5 shots can throw you off your game.She has been forced to give up too much in the name of the team. Stokes is being forced to be efficient in the few minutes she is alotted and that is not good for some people. They are players that can come in a sizzle, but these are few. This is just a thought. I hope they can get it together because ND certainly has and, other schools (Cal, UCLA, Kent, etc)are right in our rearview mirror.

  9. Misty

    Relly would like if Faris would not lapse into coach-speak jargon. Sounds like Geno – agh, these guys need to get serious and step up. As a lockdown defensive wouldbe All Americal, McBride ate her lunch.

    Enough about Faris. Geno lost the run of the game again. Jumping up and down screaming on the sidelines. For christ’s sakes, coach. AND – try adding some screens and picks to create shots instead of having everyone run around to create shots.

    AND – if Doth has to be on the floor (21 minutes, zero produstion) could we have her stay away from the low post blocks. All she is doing is bringing another defender into the area around Steph. AND, AND – how about if we let Dolson play her natural position, she is a center and so post-up is her bread and butter. ND’s tallest player is 6 3 and Geno is coaching as if it is Griner out there.

    For Christ’s sakes – Buck UP Man!

  10. Bob St Amand

    UConn is very good,Notre Dame is better.ND outcoached UConn.Skyler is a great leader the Kobe of womans basketball.

  11. bridget

    nice article I have to agree with her everyone has to come out and play there best no matter what I hope they can wake up and smell the final four I would love for the seniors to go out with a bang and win the championship

  12. john r

    The answer to UConn’s current problem (national championships, of course) is recruiting. They need to find at least one Sue-Shea-Renee-Diana-Maya somewhere; a rip your heart out, raw meat-eating, stopper. They ain’t got one now… so they try like heck and give games away in the end. Isn’t it strange to see UConn without that kind of young lady? Bria, Caroline, Breanna, Moriah, Kiah and Morgan didn’t come through this year as similar have done in the past. That’s not a good batting average. One 2013 recruit? Come on Geno, hit the trail. You need a point. Geno was right about one thing though. It’s been a horrific 27-3 year so far if there is such a thing. GO HUSKIES; MAKE SOME NOISE IN THE NCAA’S IF YOU CAN! We’re starting to look like the Republicans in Nov ’12.

  13. nhntc47

    If they hit another free throw, these conversations would have been unnecessary. Still I agree with people about why leave Doty in the game. Deja vu. Last year instead of putting Stokes in the last play, Geno put Doty and the Huskies lost.

  14. nhntc47

    27-3 is not bad for a team with only two and half players (Kaleena, Stefanie and whoever shows up).

    1. Kreddy Fool

      But they didn’t hit the FT’s. They are mentaly weak and can’t seal the deal against the top 2. You can’t argue with that. Don ‘t you watch these games or do you watch and have no clue what it is you don’t see?

  15. alan

    Sometimes teams lose games they should win..and sometimes they win games they should lose. Nobody knows the outcome before the game which is why they play the game. They all tried their best, that’s for sure. I hope they play again but it is not guaranteed. Many fans must be aware that either or both teams could lose and then ND Uconn would not meet in Hartford. Such is life.

  16. Paul

    Great game to watch even though the final outcome was not what we hoped for. I always like to see what players stepped up in crunch time. Kelly Faris was the one that stepped up showing her a an incredible competitor. It was nice to see Morgan Tuck stepped up during the pressure situations. You have to give credit to both teams for playing great defense that made the game look sloppy at times. I would have fouled to prevent the three because Notre Dame was due to make one.

  17. ray-ray

    told you husky fans at beginning of year,DOTY andFARRIS,WERE CHUMP BEATERS—-look it up.for the first time i ve now realized GENO isnt the coach he thinks. inbounding ball to wrong players,taking 33/4 of the game to realize he was getting pummeled in man to man,team looked totally disorganized in crunch time.sad..DOTY must have something on GENO.how can you be that bad,and get that much time?

  18. Taylor

    We need to accept that Baylor and Notre Dame are good teams. To me, we have the (wo)man power to compete. But not enough to finish. I agree with those who think Hartley and Doty need to sit. I think what makes all of us UCONN fans soo miserable is these ladies aren’t giving their all, basketball IQ-wise. Skylar is. Griner is. Our ladies will play about 30 min and then clam up and hope someone will save them. It’s hard to see them not playing at the potential we know that they have. In the three games that they have lost, they looked out of wack each and everytime.

  19. sam

    It amazes me how quick Husky fans throw the team under the bus after competitive losses against ND. They will beat ND on Tuesday for the BE championsip and they will go as far as the guard play takes them in the NCAA tourney . Let me remind fans that the team that plays the best when it counts in March cuts the nets down it’s a similiar principle in baseball , who would guess the Giants would win two out of three past WS?

    1. sam

      If I learned to read and comprehend, then I would understand fans are not throwing the entire team under the bus. Only those who deserve it. Geno, Shea, Hartley, Doty, and Faris. Yes, your beloved Faris, who Diggins made a fool out of in the 3rd OT. McBride made a fool out of Faris again. It’s not how poorly you shoot. It’s how timely you shoot. And more importantly it’s having at least 1 more point on the scoreboard than your opponent. Hate on McBride and Diggins all you want for poor shooting. They still own Faris, Hartley, Doty, Shea. And Muffet owns Geno in the last 2+ years and in 3 Final Fours.

  20. Kreddy Fool

    End your loyalty to the hapless Doty, Geno. Let MoJeff play. If we lose we lose. But Doty is no longer Doty. Face it. The team and your fas need a chance at redemption. It will not happen in the BE tourney with Doty on the floor past Sunday nite. It will not happen past the Sweet 16 in the NCAA either. Give MoJeff the minutes….. I’m beggin’ ya

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