Good morning everyone…..
You likely understand by now that getting a ticket for most UConn women’s games does not require a congressional connection.
There were 7,934 human beings at the XL Center last night for the Colgate game and they were well spaced out in the cavernous building, one with seat backs, which seems to be one of the major points of complaint at Gampel Pavilion.
If you want to see Notre Dame, Baylor and Maryland, your choices may not be as numerous. But in general, if you are in the neighborhood, you might want to think about coming out to see one of the greatest collections of diverse talent that Geno Auriemma has ever put together.
As for last night’s game against Colgate
- The mood in the building seemed somewhat subdued following the news that Louisville had been invited to join the ACC and not UConn. I equate this to the feeling I often had as a fat child on the playground, watching everyone else get picked for kickball teams before me. It’s not a fun feeling being left out in the cold. It makes you feel inadequate, unworthy, somewhat less whole to be stranded on the island of misfit athletic programs.
- That being said, there is still much hope for UConn. Geno Auriemma said Wednesday he’s heard Florida State and Clemson may be next to jump the ACC. I am not good at math, but I would conclude that would open two more spots. If the Huskies don’t make that cut, then there is going to be trouble in the land of steady habits.
- It is my contention that Kelly Faris is now one of the best players in women’s college basketball. I base this on her body of work and the deep regard Coach Auriemma has for her. Now that’s she’s become a reliable shooter (9 of 14 from three) there may be no limits for a young woman who works hard, cares deeply and has the well-rounded skill few UConn players have ever been blessed with. I cover the WNBA in the summer. Kelly Faris is a WNBA player.
- Auriemma said it’s still too early to say whether Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will play Monday against Maryland at the XL Center. That decision will be made this weekend and naturally be based on whether she is well enough to practice following her concussion. No practice, no play.
- So, UConn opens next season against Stanford. This just confirms one of my big talking points: It does not matter to the UConn women which conference the athletic program ends. UConn could take Yale’s place in the Ivy, after the Bulldogs are invited to join the ACC, and it wouldn’t matter one bit in terms of recruiting, scheduling or national regard among recruits.
- Speaking of recruits, another of the 2014 pursuits, Texas guard Recee’ Caldwell, is due to make her choice on Friday. A little birdie whispered this week that no one should be surprised if she picks UCLA, which apparently is in the final two with UConn. If so, go forth and enjoy, Miss Caldwell.
- You know what, I love watching Brianna Banks play. She is a very exciting offense player. You want to talk about a kid who has improved? Start with her.
- I will say this again: Leave Heather Buck alone, you naysayers. She played a very creditable 10 minutes last night, grabbing four rebounds, making three emphatic blocks and scoring the basket that pushed UConn to the century mark. Not everyone that comes to UConn can score 60 points in China, like Miss Maya did. Some just come and go on to become productive, caring citizens of the world. Guess what, it doesn’t take a basketball in your hands to do that.
- UConn’s margin of victory after six games is 48.7. Just sayin’