If you think going 32-4 this season has been easy for Geno Auriemma and his team, this will likely surprise you:
“I don’t think anything could match what we’ve already gone through this season,” Auriemma said. “Stefanie [Dolson] is hobbling, Kaleena [Mosqueda-Lewis] got knocked around Saturday. Its been one thing after another every week.
“In spite of it, we have put ourselves into this situation. Some years it’s been easy, like riding a bike. You just get on it and go. This year has been really, really hard and it’s taken a toll on our players, our coaches and especially Rosemary Ragle [the athletic trainer]. And Dr. Trojian [the team physician]. It’s been a real grind. But despite of it, we are right where we were last year and do something we set as a goal five months ago.
“But we were able to convince them that this [the NCAA Tournament] is a new season and we are almost playing like we played in November when it was all new and all fresh and we weren’t carrying any baggage.
“We’ve taken a different approach as coaches. The players have taken a different approach and so far it is working.”
One other item:
Multiple blogs in Connecticut reported on Saturday that Ohio State basically put a blank check in front to Auriemma in an effort to lure him to replace Jim Foster. Ironically, the intermediary reached out just as the ink was drying on Auriemma’s new five-year, $10.86 million deal at UConn.
Dawn Staley, the former coach at Temple, current coach at South Carolina, is considered the front-runner now.