Geno Couldn’t Be Happier With Stefanie Dolson And KML

by Categorized: Geno Auriemma, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Stefanie Dolson, UConn women's basketball Date:

As you may have noticed over the last 28 years, if you have been paying attention, Geno Auriemma says a lot of things that catch your attention.

He is very well-read; saw him reading a book poolside in St. Thomas, in fact. He knows the power of words, how to use them to best benefit him.

So, in reference to junior center Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis consider this….

“The average person doesn’t understand yet that when Stefanie Dolson is not on the floor we’re not any good. That’s the bottom line. When Stefanie Dolson’s on the floor we’re really, really good. But when she’s not on the floor we’re just OK because there isn’t a post player that has that much experience, that knows our offense and makes things work.

“She sets the right screen at the right time, makes the right pass. She’s probably got more assists than every other post player combined.

“And when Kaleena isn’t on the floor we’re not as good because everybody else gets more room to operate when she is.

“So, there are things we have to figure out as coaches [about the rotation]. The average guy says `Why is so-and-so playing or so-and-so’s not as much?’ Well, because, there are certain players you need have to play if you want to be really good. And then you bring the other guys along slowly.’’

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Geno Couldn’t Be Happier With Stefanie Dolson And KML

  1. village Idiot

    Geno may know the power of words, but he has had problems using them. So much so that some people say he was deliberately outrageous–but he say he wasn’t trying to be. Got to take the man at his word.
    He’s a great, probably the greatest, basketball coach in Women’s (maybe men’s too) basketball. He’s proven he is a tactician in the superior sense. But as a supposedly History Buff or one with Constitutional working knowledge he falls short.
    But Uconn pays him and Fans are attracted to him not on anything except Basketball. That’s what he does best.

  2. James Kerwin

    Geno has got to love Dolson to ME she is a better scoring Center than Tina was as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior. Tina wasn’t great on defense until the end of her Junior year and into her Senior year. Rebounding is a mind set. Great rebounders learn to watch the shot and pre determine where it will be rebounded too. And have big hands.
    KML has become a much more all around ball player–without her the team isn/t good enough to win it all.

    1. Ugly Win But Still A Win

      Tina did Not get 1/2 of her points and rebounds in her senior season. Dolson lovers try to make it sound like Tina sucked for 3 years. Wrong. Just inconsistent. Tina will always be a better athlete and in better shape than Dolson. And I doubt Dolson will achieve what Tina has post UConn.

  3. HarryH

    I remeber the Geno of several years ago when he never said good things about current players. Not that he didn’t feel that way – he just never said it. The change is good.

    We’ll see about Dolson when she actually plays against a good tall player. The offense maybe there but she isn’t all the way there to being a great UCONN player yet.

    1. Village Idiot

      Harry H– Again you are Correct!! I think the deal this year is Stewart is MS everything. He’s too learned with this generation the whip doesn’t work–so all the nice words, and they seem to be working.
      MY KNOCK on Dolson, as much as I love her, is much like Maya she can’t take being jostled, bumped, pushed like a ping pong ball. The Marist team took her our of 2 games with their bump and grind defense. She ok with bigs, not bumps (my personal assessment or opinion as good or as bad as FREDDY MAY THINK) Do you think he got out of bed on the wrong side???

      1. Ugly Win But Still A Win

        Maya never expanded her game to drive to the hoop consistently like Tiff. Maybe it was Maya’s obvious dislike of contact. With all the muscles on Maya, I am surprised she was not more of a banger. 3036 points aint bad though.

        If healthy, Griner will score 3000+, have 700+ blocks, and 1300+ boards. Greatest WCBB game changer ever. Greatest WCBB player ever.

  4. FREDDYKOOL

    AS THE SEASON PROGRESS’S JOHNNY BOY UR GETTING A WEE BIT BETTER, NO PULITZER PRIZE YET, BUT CLOSE!!!!

    1. Village Idiot

      FREDDY–when is the last time someone got a PULITZER for reporting on basketball?? JOHN REPORTS ON WHAT IS REPORTABLE–UNLIKE SOME MEDIA WHO MAKE UP THE NEWS — HE GIVES US WHAT HE GETS AND DIGS ACROSS THE INTERNET FOR TIDBITS TO FEED US THE HUNGRY LIONS. WHAT MAKES A GOOD, BETTER OR GREAT UCONN STORY FREDDY, WE’D LIKE YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THIS.

  5. bridget

    I am very glad thet geno is pleased my dolson’s playing time the girl is sucha force for the team she does everything and she is a real nice perosn

  6. Chris Saran

    Stefanie has made great strides toward becoming one of the best centers in college. However, let’s not get carried away. For all of Tina’s trials and tribulations, Stefanie will never be the athlete Tina was, the defensive player Tina was, including the amount of the court she can cover, and she will never be anywhere near as good a rebounder. Stefanie is a better passer and she has greater range, but she will never match the intensity that Tina played with. It’s just not in her nature.

    1. Ugly Win But Still A Win

      Despite the obvious improvements by Dolson, doubt she will be 1st or 2nd team All American. 3rd team is a good possibility, depending upon KML and Faris season.

      Dolson will Not be the POY her senior season like Tina, even with Griner, Diggins, and EDD gone. And do not use UConn’s depth as an excuse for Dolson because Tina played with Maya. Dolson should be an All American next season.

      Dolson will never set Double-Double and Rebounding records in the WNBA. Dolson will not be the USA starting center in the Olympics, unless Griner, Tina, and Big Syl are injured or retired.

  7. Joanie@

    He gets the top 2 or 3 HS players every year…Doesnt take a coaching genius to win…..let him try the mens game for a week where there are more than 2 or 3 good teams

  8. Ugly Win But Still A Win

    TRANSLATION: UConn is an 8 player rotation team at best in close games against top competition.

    HINT: Bring players along slowly means Stokes is still 8, Tuck 9, and Jefferson 10.

    Geno cannot make it more obvious to fans who incorrectly think UConn’s 2nd team would be in the Top 10 of WCBB.

    Tonight was a perfect example. Be prepared for more of this.

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