This is what Geno Auriemma said about the impressive Kelly Faris, the senior guard who basically willed her team to its amazing second-half rally (47-19) to beat Duke.
“It’s funny that what happened tonight was really…it was amazing on a lot of fronts, but especially that second half,” Auriemma said. “This morning I watched last year’s Duke game at Duke and I came back and said to the coaches, you know last year at Duke we won by 16 but if Kelly Faris and Tiffany Hayes did not play in that game and we had just played with three guys and two walk-ons we could have won by 50. That’s how horrendous those two played last year at the Duke game. I was talking to the other coaches just shaking my head, thinking to myself that what are the chances that Kelly doesn’t remember that…of course she remembers that, Kelly remembers everything.
“It was indescribable, if you were watching in the stands you were fortunate enough to be watching that. If you were part of what Kelly Faris did tonight, you were part of something that people will be talking about for a long time. There have been a lot of great players and legends play in this building wearing the Connecticut uniform, but I don’t know if anyone has ever represented themselves, their family, and the University of Connecticut the way Kelly did tonight. I know there’s a lot of players out there that are really good…there’s a lot of All-Americans but man oh man, that was one for the ages right there.”
Faris had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists