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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