It’s Been A Tough Road For UConn

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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.

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14 thoughts on “It’s Been A Tough Road For UConn

    1. Dawn Staley??

      Good player- Not even worth to be mentioned in the same article with Geno.
      What is blank check worth?? NOthing–it’s blank. So Geno took the better deal, at least they offered him money.

      If Uconn/Geno get by Kentucky will Geno ask for more money or go to Ohio??
      Geno won’t go to anyplace cold. Miami, Georgia, South Carolina—most meet his requirements for close to the ocean, great Italian eateries, warm.

    2. LouisVille Beat Baylr

      Baylor was down by 19 lost by one.
      Shoni was amazing. Reed was the hero of the game. After missing two free throws. With 2.6 seconds left she nails 2 free throws.
      Sims fouls on an out of bound play.

      Mulkey went ballistic should have gotten a tech–Walz got one for protesting a foul only 2 minutes prior to this. But no foul on mulkey–who started to do the striptease–she looked like she knew her business.

      1. fishpaw31

        “But no foul on mulkey–who started to do the striptease–she looked like she knew her business.”

        EXCELLENT!!!! Thanks for the laugh!!!

  1. FREDDKOOL

    FREDDYKOOL: I LOVE UCONN AND WATCH EVERY GAME LIKE MY HEART WAS GONNA POP OUTTA MY CHEST AND THE THING THAT CAUSES IT THE MOST ARE THE MISSED “LAYUPS” WOW!

  2. NO PARITY IN WCBB

    STOP WHINING ABOUT INJURIES. MARYLAND AND OKLAHOMA HAD MORE SEASON ENDING INJURIES THAN UCONNS ONE. MOST TEAMS HAVE PLAYERS WITH SEASON ENDING INJURIES. GENO RUNS HIS STARTERS INTO THE GROUND AND FAILS TO DEVELOP PLAYERS. DOLSONS INJURIES ARE CHRONIC NOT ACUTE LIKE BANKS. ITS PREVENTABLE AND TREATABLE.

    1. mike mcmanus

      Another idiotic comment from a Geno hater and so-called expert with an axe to grind. I hope mine is your only reply because you don’t deserve even that…get a life.

      1. Webster

        Get a life:

        the ultimate insult for insecure people who have nothing better to say. people who use this “diss” have no life themselves. they usually say this to feel better about their own sad lives by criticizing someone else’s “life”

  3. @conn_nation

    Still laughing at the fact that OSU – who chokes in every single big time game they play in – thinks it’s better than UConn and that someone would actually leave the Mecca for an overrated garbage dump. People, please. UConn is the best University out there and you can take that to the bank.

    Any person who continues to criticize or bash UConn and/or our fans on this blog needs to accept reality and stop living in denial: yes, we really are that better than you. #UConn4Life

  4. Slvrhwk

    Odyssey Sims is the best point guard in the country and should go two or three in the draft. She almost single handedly pulled the game out for Baylor tonight and dominated the Diva earlier in the season.
    What is up with Doris Burke? Baylor alumnus? The call that Jeff got T’d on was clearly blocking with the Baylor player moving into position while Bria was already in the air. The replay showed that her feet were moving. Then , to compound it, she questioned the charging call against Baylor. When the L’ville player clearly has her feet planted and arms straight up in the air with the driver throwing her shoulder into her at impact as well, how can it not be a charge? Doris remarked that it wasn’t serious enough to be called. The zebras called a better game than Doris did.

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