Faris Says She’s Playing, No Matter What

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It was a momentous day for Kelly Faris in terms of recognition from the Big East Conference.

Of course, no one cares less about personal accolades than Faris. But in one day she discovered she’d been selected to the Big East’s second team, a co-winner of its Most Improved Player [with DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko] and its Defensive Player of the Year.

“Kelly definitely deserve it [the defensive player],” Geno Auriemma said. “When you work so hard at something, it’s nice to see it rewarded. Most times it’s the shot-blockers that get the notice. What Kelly does is not so obvious.”

There was only one thing wrong. Faris could not practice Thursday.

She has a sprained left foot, suffered in Monday night’s triple overtime loss to Notre Dame, a game in which she played 53 of the 55 minutes.

“It was just one of those freak things,” Faris said. “I just planted my foot [on the last play of the first half] and pushed off. And it happened. No big deal.”

UConn says she is day-to-day.

“It’s not 100 percent that she will play [this weekend], but there’s a good possibility she will,” Auriemma said. “With the right exercise and rehab, she should be fine.”

She has two days left to get better before the Huskies begin play in their final Big East tournament with a quarterfinal game at 6 at the XL Center.

“Not playing is not really a thought,” Faris said. “Not playing is not an option at all. I’m just happy it wasn’t worse than a couple of sprained ligaments. So I’m resting it.”

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30 thoughts on “Faris Says She’s Playing, No Matter What

  1. Gentle Jim

    Kelly/Geno–Do not play Sunday, you won’t be needed. Let the New Kids take your time.
    If you play and further hurt yourself-you are out for the NCAA tourney. There is better than an even chance you wont be needed.
    If you destroy your Tendon (it can happen) your WNBA/European career is over…don’t chance it.
    Geno–nothing is worth destroying this kids life. Dump the final 4–dump the NCAA –Kelly is worth more than that.
    And maybe the Kids will wake up and play basketball–the Geno way.

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      I agree Jim, Kelly should sit out the first game – unless a trainer certfie that she is absolutely okay to play.

      On another note, UCONN does all the right things against Notre Dame 90 percent of the time – it is the 2 – 3 minutes at the end of a period or a game where they need to shift modes to insure the victory.

      Please visit my blog and read my recommendations for icing a victory:

      http://kevinfortruth.wordpress.com/

      Please leave a comment after reading it – pro or con!

  2. Missy

    A phantom sprain.

    McBride ate her lunch and oh yeah poor Kelly had a sprained ankle, so that’s why.

    But, she’ll play grittily on.

    1. Nicola

      Kelly did not complain about it in the press conference, and is not complaining about it now. It is merely being reported to us as news, which fans of the team want to know.

      And she doesn’t need me to defend her either but I can’t help myself. You’re calling Kelly a liar.

      If you had listened to the press conference, you would know Kelly’s thoughts on the loss.

    2. Kevin Cavanaugh

      You have a hellava lot of nerve – look at the game replay of the last 10 seconds and you will see how she hurt herself.

      …and if ND has to play Stanford or Baylor, both teams will have McBride’s lunch and ND’s dinner.

      When Skylar graduates ND will get back to just above average seasons.

      Where was Notre Dame when Diana and Tina and Maya Moore were playing?

      Skylar gets away with lots of stuff on the court because she is one of the darlings – she will be an average player in the WNBA, but look at how Tina, Diana, Maya, and Sue Bird have excelled in the WNBA.

      Skylar will become a little fish in the big sea of the WNBA.

      1. James

        ND beat teams that included Taurasi 3 times and Maya once. You lose credibility with your assessment of ND/McBride when you show you don’t know your history.

    3. Jeff Brown

      Miss Missy,

      Apparently, you’re not very bright! Check the stats in both UCONN-ND games this year. Kelly played very well in both and McBride had to hoist up about 60 shots over the 2 games to get her points (not to mention she’s been shooting 28% – wow, that’s sizzling hot – from 3-point range).

      So, check the facts/stats amd perhaps you won’t be so ignorant in your remarks!!

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      Doty might have to play some – especially if Faris is injured and UCONN needs to move people around.

      I cannot prove it, it is just a gut feeling on my part, but I believe Doty is subconsciously playing even less than she is capable of playing because she has not started the past few games.

      If that is the case, she is better on the bench

      1. Gentle Jim

        At this point, assuming Marquette or DePaul will be the opponent in the first fame Sat at 6 pm. This would be a great game to NOT use Doty or Faris, maybe Dolson. Give Stewart, Tuck and Mo Jeff a chance to show their stuff. Let them figure out how to win.
        Geno has in the past kept as many player as he could on the bench to rest his weary player–its a long season. Maybe he will find a way of resting most of his starting five.

  3. Edward

    Missy gets the year long award as the biggest ass on this venue for the most ignorant and mean-spirted comment of the year.

    1. Gentle Jim

      Come on folks–one idiot is enough on this site.
      Let people make their less than charitable comments and don’t respond to them, it only emboldens them.
      Skylar Diggins, McBride, Achonwa are terrific players and deserve winning BE awards. Them getting awards does not reduce the awards given to our Uconn players. Uconn has won so often and so big, Uconn fans can now be big and give credit where credit is due.

  4. UConnFan23

    …hope you are back to 100% soon, Kelly (please rest your foot and don’t risk further injury). …You are one of my favorite UConn players of all-time!

    1. Misty

      That nagging little sprain is good for the rest of the year, right!

      1) McBride ate her lunch.

      2) She (Kelly) missed the front end of a one-and-one that would have won the freekin game.

      Oh – the niggling ankle sprain – she couldn’t push off as well. hmmmm!

      1. Bracchus

        I will aways give Kelly the benefit of th doubt because she gives som much effort on the court. McBride is an exceptional player who would be difficult for anyone to shut down. She can create her own shot and makes difficult shots. All you can do there is make her work harder to get them. Look at the NBA, you can put your best defensive player on LeBron James and still is going to get at least 20+.

        The other thing not to forget is that she did play 53 minutes in that game. She did miss the free throw, but her contribution can not be summed up in that one shot.
        If there is any chance that her ankle is not 100%, I would not play her. He won’t need her Sunday and maybe not even Monday-so she can get a good rest and time to heal.

      2. Kevin Cavanaugh

        Missy, let the statistics talk for themself.

        UCONN 7 national championships
        ND 1 national championship

        also, regarding the Big East – the below list speaks for itself.

        UCONN 18, yes 18 B.E. Championships
        ND 0, yes 0 B.E. championships
        Even when they were a #1 going in, they still lost – each time by UCONN

        2012 #3 Connecticut 63, #1 Notre Dame 54
        Outstanding Player: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn

        2011 #1 Connecticut 73, #3 Notre Dame 64
        Outstanding Player: Maya Moore (Connecticut)

        2010 #1 Connecticut 60, #2 West Virginia 32
        Outstanding Player:Kalana Greene (Connecticut)

        2009 #1 Connecticut 75, #2 Louisville 36
        Outstanding Player: Maya Moore (Connecticut)

        2008 #1 Connecticut 65, #7 Louisville 59
        Outstanding Player: Charde Houston (Connecticut)

        2007 #1 Connecticut 47, #2 Rutgers 55
        Outstanding Player: Matee Ajavon (Rutgers)

        2006 #2 Connecticut 50, #12 West Virginia 44
        Outstanding Player: Ann Strother (Connecticut)

        2005 #3 Connecticut 67, #2 Notre Dame 54
        Outstanding Player: Barbara Turner (Connecticut)

        2003 #3 Villanova 52, #1 Connecticut 48
        Outstanding Player: Trish Juhline (Villanova)

        2002 #1 Connecticut 96, #3 Boston College 54
        Outstanding Player: Asjha Jones (Connecticut)

        2001 #2 Connecticut 78, #1 Notre Dame 76
        Outstanding Player: Diana Taurasi (Connecticut)

        2000 #1 Connecticut 79, #3 Rutgers 59
        Outstanding Player: Tamika Williams (Connecticut)

        1999 #1 Connecticut 96, #3 Notre Dame 75
        Outstanding Player: Shea Ralph (Connecticut)

        1998 #1 Connecticut 67, #2 Rutgers 58
        Most Outstanding Player: Rita Williams (Connecticut)

        1997 #1 Connecticut 86, #3 Notre Dame 77
        Outstanding Player:Nykesha Sales (Connecticut)

        1996 #1 Connecticut 71, #3 Notre Dame 54
        Outstanding Player:Kara Wolters (Connecticut)

        1995 #1 Connecticut 85, #3 Seton Hall 49
        Outstanding Performer:Kara Wolters (Connecticut)

        1994 #1 Connecticut 77, #2 Seton Hall 51
        Outstanding Player:Rebecca Lobo (Connecticut)

        1993 #1 Miami 56, #2 Connecticut 47
        Most Valuable Player:Frances Savage (Miami)

        1991 #1 Connecticut 79, #2 Providence 74
        Most Valuable Player:Meghan Pattyson (Connecticut)

        1990 #2 Providence 82, #1 Connecticut 61
        Most Valuable Player:Andrea Mangum (Providence)

        1989 #1 Connecticut 84, #3 Providence 65
        Most Valuable Player: Kerry Bascom (Connecticut)

        1. Kevin Cavanaugh

          Also, Missy, UCONN and ND met 7 times in the B.E. Tournament in the final game and Notre Dame had Diggins for two of the games and still lost ALL 7 games.

          Why is N.D. running away from the B.E. and the tournament? Are they tired of losing?

          1. Kevin Cavanaugh

            Misty, you either need to get your glasses checked, your contacts cleaned, or your anti-psychotic meds reevaluated because Kelly Faris NOT ONLY received the most improved award but she received the following:

            Kelly Faris was selected the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and shares the Most Improved Player of the Year award with DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko, while also earning a seat on the All-BIG EAST Second Team.

            One thing you are lacking is the ability to tell the truth. It might be your mistaken opinion she only won the most improved player butto say unequivocally that is all she won is either lying on your part or wishful thinking on your part – which is it?

  5. Fairfield County Fan

    A related, headline article in today’s Courant reads: “Faris Wins Multiple Awards, But Sprained Left Foot is Troublesome”…..accompaning the article is a large picture of Skylar Diggins, with her had raised and pointer figer raised to indicate “1” , dribbling down the court – – – come on Courant, give us a break!

    1. Bracchus

      Skylar Diggins is a competitor. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. We need about 4 or 5 players with Diggin’s passion for the game.

    2. Gentle Jim

      Haven’t you noticed, John Altavilla loves to tweek Uconn fans and get a rise out of us. Did you read his “Chat” comments?? If they were not intended to set a bond fire nothing was.

      I would prefer a picture of Faris on a Faris Article—Allow Notre Dame to plaster Diggin’s picture all over South Bend.

  6. Fairfield County Fan

    Don’t hate her – just don’t like her personality very much; and certainly don’t appreciate the Courant using her picture when promoting a story about Faris….Skylar gets enough publicity, she doesn’t need the Courant’s help…..talk about rubbing salt in the wound – by the hometown press no less.

  7. Misty

    Like it or not, I only tell it like it is.

    Kelly didn’t make any of the all Big East teams, for a reason. They threw her a bone of “most improved” player. Which only speaks to the idea that there was a lot of room for improvement.

    Set aside those rose tinted glasses, she is an average player that runs around a lot.

    1. Kevin Cavanaugh

      Hey Misty, there is something grossly incorrect about your comments about Faris. You either need to get your glasses checked, your contacts cleaned, or your anti-psychotic meds reevaluated because Kelly Faris NOT ONLY received the most improved award but she received the following:

      Kelly Faris was selected the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and shares the Most Improved Player of the Year award with DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko, while also earning a seat on the All-BIG EAST Second Team.

      One thing you are lacking is the ability to tell the truth. It might be your mistaken opinion she only won the most improved player butto say unequivocally that is all she won is either lying on your part or wishful thinking on your part – which is it?

      By the way, I have no problem acknowledging that McBride is a hellava player and I don’t need to slam her to make Faris look good. Why do you need to put down UCONN players on an individual basis?

      1. Awareness

        Geno said in the article: “What Kelly does is not so obvious.” That puts her in the category of Caroline Doty.

    2. Jeff Brown

      Misty,

      And my guess is you’re less than average intelligence, and you run at the mouth a lot!!

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