Jamelle Elliott Talks UConn And About Staying In Touch

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Who better than someone like Cincinnati coach Jamelle Elliott, the former UConn luminary, to ask about how UConn is looking this season. One thing is for sure: The Huskies looked good in their 67-31 rout of the Bearcats Saturday, especially in the first half when they outscored Elliott’s team 41-9 and held it to 3 of 24 from the field, 1 of 22 in the final 19 minutes.

“They are deeper this year with the addition of Breanna Stewart coming off the bench,” Elliott said. “Moriah Jefferson is playing good minutes for them now. One through 10, they are able to maintain the level that their starters play with. The last two or three years, he [Geno] hasn’t had the depth and the confidence that guys could come off the bench and maintain the intensity. This year he has it. The players that played the minutes last year have also upped their games, like Stefanie Dolson and Kelly Faris.”

Of more interest was what she had to say about her relationship with Geno Auriemma, for whom she played and spent over a decade assisting before joining Cincinnati in 2009.

“We talked Friday night about how we haven’t done a very good job staying in touch,” Elliott said. “He wants to be there for me, but sometimes its hard. He’s busy, I’m trying to figure things out. But we reassured me that he is never too busy to hear what I have to say. He wants me to bounce ideas off him. I promised him I would do that. He is very important to me. If I can talk to anyone about anything its him and I need to make sure I utilize that more.”


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8 thoughts on “Jamelle Elliott Talks UConn And About Staying In Touch



  1. foreveruconnfan

    Jamelle is a class act,it would be great if she could communicate more with Geno to help her along with her program. I think she is trying to do it all on her own. At some point in our lives we all need some sort of guidance or mentorship in our endeavors. Hopefully after this article by John Altavilla she can find time to do that. I can see what she is trying to do in Cincinnati, however she needs to get bigger and a little more talented players to come to Cincinnati. The effort her players displayed were UCONN like. They played hard but were simply outmatched. Thanks John for letting us know the latest on Geno and Jamelle’s relationship.

  2. TexasBogger

    Unfortunately the talent pool in WCBB is no where near as deep as that of the men. The top dozen or so women’s programs get most of the blue chippers leaving little for the 2nd tier. I don’t see any quick fix for this situation so coaches like Jamelle will likely have to deal with the imbalance. However, this does’t mean you don’t go years without making the 64-team field.

    1. Geno Aid

      Correct, the talent pool is not deep. Geno and CD build UConn to get to the Final Four. When the schedule comes out every year, UConn automatically has 22 wins. UConn gets to 30 wins when they defeat the competition in their pool.

  3. village Idiot

    Recruiting is what Jamell was good at. Recruiting is what wins games,get championships. A couple of bad years didn’t define UConn–it shouldn’t define Cincinati.

    1. Geno Aid

      Geno got 1 recruit in Kelly’s class and 1 recruit in Chong’s class. No matter what spin you put on it, it’s bizarre that 1 of the top 2 teams in WCBB history could not or chose not to sign more.

  4. Tom

    Geno Aid,

    Have you considered that everyone but Kelly and Caroline are coming back next year? They are loaded with guards and post players. What would they do with another recruit next year? Have you ever heard of managing the flow of recuits given the team’s situation? They will need more recruits in the following year.Do you think Geno won 7 national championships by being as myopic as you?

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