Geno Auriemma said he had a discussion with his coaches before the game about what to expect Monday night.
“I said if we win by 20-something, I will be really happy. if they beat the hell out of us, I won’t be that disappointed because maybe we will be stunned into really good stuff happening down the road. What I didn’t want was to lose a close game because that starts to really work on you. And when it was a one-point game (50-49) I was an anxious as anyone to see what we would do. And we responded.”
Also Auriemma, coach of the senior national team for the second straight Olympic cycle, was asked what he thought of six college players being among the 33 players picked for the pool that will yield the 2014 World Championship team.
Three of those players are his – Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart. The answer might surprise you.
“If it was up to me there would be no college players in the pool,” Auriemma said. “But then again, I am thrilled there are six because whomever coaches the 2020 Olympic team is going to need players to step in because Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Lindsay Whalen and Tamika Catchings aren’t going to be around. USA Basketball needs to start identifying who the next group of players will be.”
Geno also said he wanted his team to make absolutely sure that Odyssey Sims worked harder than she’s worked all season to score points Monday. She scored 20, but was 4 of 25.