Its tough to say that UConn had a tough time winning a game by 33 points. But Sunday’s 67-34 win had its tough moments
UConn’s 67 points were 19 fewer than its season average. It was 5 of 25 from the three-point line. The Huskies had more turnovers than assists (11 to 10) for the first time in a long time. Their 33 first-half points were their fewest of the season.
To remedy it, Geno Aureimma says he may consider tightening his rotation from nine down. He senses some offensive continuity has been lost since the return of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck at Duke. We’ll see how that goes.
Cincy coach Jamelle Elliott’s team played great defense. She said she wanted to take UConn out of transition and force it to make four of five passes before each shot. It seemed to work.
Elliott, the former UConn player and assistant, was very impressed with Breanna Stewart, who registered her fourth straight double-double (12 and 12) despite shooting just 4 of 15. Elliott called Stewie “The personification of Dirk Nowitzki.” High praise.
Auriemma said those players reunited for Sunday’s ceremony honoring the 2003 and 2004 national champions spent a portion of Sunday night watching a replay of UConn’s national semifinal win over Texas in Atlanta in 2003. UConn won 71-69 before beating Tennessee to win the title.
The Huskies have now won 19 straight games headed to Central Florida on Wednesday.
Geno said he was somewhat bothered by Mosqueda-Lewis getting three quick fouls in the first half because he has been trying to remind her not to reach when quicker guards go by her. “I have a theory that you should never foul a player who can’t score,” Auriemma said. “There are some fouls that are beyond stupid.”