Geno Auriemma, who said he didn’t feel his team was ready yet to beat Baylor, was philosophical Thursday about why it lost on Monday.
“The best teams the best players can always do two things well,” Auriemma said. “They can take direction and need to see things just once or twice to get them straight. And they can think for themselves.
“But when you have a bunch of young players, all they want is directions given repeatedly. The problem is, basketball is not like football where there are stoppages in play that gives you time to offer direction.”
And that’s what Friday’s practice was about – reinforcement.
“There was some stuff Monday they left me scratching my head,” Auriemma said. “You know, like ‘where did this stuff come from?’”
Very telling was that Auriemma felt confident enough to use primarily just six players, his starters and freshman Morgan Tuck, whose game and prominence are on the rise.
The pregame talk about a deeper post to help Stefanie Dolson guard Brittney Griner turned out to be hype – Breanna Stewart (seven minutes) and Kiah Stokes combined for 10 minutes, no points, no rebounds, no blocks and no steals. Heather Buck did not play.
“There really is not much you can [about Stewart],” Auriemma said. “When you are struggling like she is struggling, searching the way she is searching, it’s hard to come here [to practice] every day like you have the world in the palm of your hand.
“It’s going to take a while for her. But hopefully it will come back, little by little. But we can’t worry about Breanna right now. We have games to win. Breanna has to take care of herself. I have to make sure I am doing the best for the remainder of the team.”