Geno Auriemma On Kelly Faris

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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

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21 thoughts on “Geno Auriemma On Kelly Faris

  1. t-wolf

    I have no idea how long Geno will coach, it matters very little. He will have several more All Americans, but I’d be willing to wager he will never again have another player like Kelly Faris. Those of you that have played or coached at the collegiate level can count on one hand, and have several fingers left, the number of players who can guard the one through four positions on the floor and have such a dramatic influence on the outcome of the game without being even close to the most gifted athlete in the contest.

    1. Master Mind

      At the Final Four this year –Uconn Fans will look back at this game and say:






  3. Maya, Diana, Tina

    Geno got caught up in the moment. Maya did not represent in the FF Semi scoring 36, trying to defeat ND by herself while 4 players stood around and watched? Diana did not represent her entire junior year, carrying the entire team on her back? Diana did not represent with her incredible 6 game NCCA tournament her junior year? Tina did not represent in the NC game with 25 points and 19 rebounds? Kelly was great. Let me see her carry the team in MM.

  4. Selective Memory

    Kelly has much better players than Diana did her junior season. Kelly has much better players than Maya did her senior season. Kelly’s ultimate legacy will be how she performs and leads the loaded talented UConn Huskies against Notre Dame, Baylor, or anyone else in the Elite Eight, Final Four Semi Final, and National Championship.

  5. bahmi

    Kelly, with her suffocating defense on the other team’s best guard, along with her points total and rebounds, clearly found herself with a triple double. She’s been a colossal player in so many diverse ways over the years. How do you keep a player like this off the All America rolls? She is clearly MVP in the nation this year, an unsung heroine, a true laborer in the vineyard. We’ve been blessed to have her here. Lacking the spectacular size of Griner, she’s been the Gorilla Glue of her team. All Hail Kelly!

  6. Pere

    Those pointing to Maya, Diana, and Tina are completely missing Geno’s point. Kelly was was 100% all chips in on every play at both ends of the court last night. I cannot think of a game by any of those or another player who played with the complete abandoned and total commitment every moment of the game that Kelly did last night. Those others are greater players almost any night of the week but none did it 40 for 40 like Kelly did last night.

  7. Jerry

    Faris played the best game I’ve seen since Shea Ralph scored 15 on 7-8 shooting, 7 assists, 6 (!) steals, 3 rebounds, 1 turnover in UConn’s 2000 national championship victory over Tennessee 71-52.

  8. ctmike

    Faris showed the toughness that UConn needs in the big games last night. The whole team started to feed off of her. Take another look at the game and see how tough and out of character the Huskies played in the second half. They intimidated the Duke team. kelly must have said to herself, not tonight Duke. The hustle and toughness she showed was one of the best performances I have seen from a college player or at least since the Lobo, Rizotti era. Geno need to show this game to his players a lot in the future.

    1. Genosguy

      Today belongs to Kelly Faris–whether DT, Maya, Tina, Sue had better or equal days. Kelly Faris won the Duke game almost single handledly. She led from the front. She charged into the hornets nest/s and beat them. If there were a better player on the floor last night, I couldn’t see her because Kelly was everywhere.
      All those great players named were gifted with scoring talents–Kelly created a scoring talent, most were taller, bigger, Kelly developed the strength to defend and beat them.

  9. Fairfield County Fan

    As we all recall, Kelly took the loss to ND very hard and took personal responsibility for it b/c she is supposed to be a leader- – – she was not going to let that happen again and she didn’t !! She played inspired basketball last night …I was there and it was thrilling to watch!

  10. bill

    Ms Kelly has always been my fav player not just last nite Ive liked her the time isaw her play A real blue collar player who every coach in the country would take in a heart beat Glade she chose UCONN she will play at the next level She would make aGreat coach too if she wanted to be one

  11. RH

    It is a shame there isn’t a statistic for shutting down the opponent’s leading scorer. How many, many times have we heard, before the game, about how player XYZ is the key to the other team’s offense – and then after the game they’ve scored 4 instead of their usual 16, and the reason is Kelly was guarding them.

  12. TVD

    Anyone still think there are more than 3 or 4 teams with a shot at winning the NC? WCBB has a very long way to go.

  13. Mike McManus

    Kelly put on a clinic, but give her coach some credit also because he’s been high on Kelly since she was a freshman and has always been her most outspoken supporter. At the half, the two ESPN commentators talked about UCONN’s sloppy play and noted that Kelly had 3 of the 12 turnovers. She takes her play seriously and it was obvious that she came out for the 2nd half as a woman possessed…and her team mates fed on her enthusiasm. I was so proud of her leadership and dedication.

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