Geno Auriemma wasn’t as forthcoming as usual today when addressing his injury situation.
* He said Morgan Tuck has practiced and Kiah Stokes hasn’t. And that’s basically all he said. So we can assume Tuck, who has missed the last two games with a bruised knee, could play Saturday at Stanford and Stokes will not.
He was honest as usual when talking about Kelly Faris
* Geno also said it was likely Kelly Faris will end up guarding Chiney Ogwumike at some point because Faris always watches the opponent’s best player.
“But it is not an easy decision to make,” Auriemma said. “We’ll see if Kelly can handle Chiney and then we will worry about everything else. I don’t know if that’s [Faris on Chiney] the best way to go all the time. We’ll have to be smart about it. But I am not worried about Kelly’s defense. There isn’t anyone in the country she can’t guard. But we also have to be careful with how the other match-ups go because we could be helping ourselves in one area and hurting ourselves in the other.”
He was forthright, as expected, when answering a question about Saturday’s game being on ESPNU. You may have noticed Saturday’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 women’s game is on ESPNU as opposed to one of its older sisters in the family. We file this under the category of “it is what it is.”
ESPN is showing the Pinstripe Bowl featuring Syracuse. ESPN2 is airing another college bowl game featuring Navy.
* “If there is an NFL game on ESPN at the same time, then I understand,” Auriemma said. “That’s where the NFL lives. But if its just a bowl game between a couple of 6-6 teams, well, I guess the TV people have done their homework and have drawn conclusion that it [the bowl game] will probably be a great game for the fans to watch.
“That’s the battle we fight, that women’s sports fight all the time. I don’t know how you win the battle other than by playing some great games that everyone wishes they’d watched. But from the standpoint of coaches and players, we have to be careful about what we say about media coverage. We get bombarded from both sides; some people say we are lucky for getting the coverage we get, others say Stanford-UConn should be on [ESPN] instead of the Packers-Patriots [as an example].
“All we can do is try and put the best product we can on the floor so more people wish they’d seen it. And maybe the next one [gets better exposure]. …”