Jen Rizzotti Jokes About Where Stars Had Their Starts

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It’s not a joke if it’s a fact. But Jen Rizzotti had a big smile on her face Saturday when asked about how well UConn’s front court of Stef Dolson, Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Kalana Mosqueda-Lewis played in Saturday’s 89-34 UConn rout of Hartford.

Rizzotti coached them all in USA Basketball in either 2010 and 2011 on World Championship teams before any of them arrived at UConn to play for her mentor, Coach Auriemma. And who knows, when USA Basketball is deciding who should be Geno’s college assistant on the World Championship staff, maybe that fact will help her candidacy

.”Let’s not forget that,” said Rizzotti laughing. “And they all like to show off when they are around me. So allow me to take some credit [for their skill level].”

After missing the final preseason game (ankle) Moriah Jefferson returned with great flair. She scored a career-high 17 points in the win, using her speed and slight frame to work easily into the tiny spaces for baskets. Her previous career high was 16 points in the first-round win over Idaho in last year’s tournament. … No. 3 Stanford’s win over Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Ma., was highlighted by Amber Orrange’s 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike led with 30 points and 14 rebounds. The Cardinal plays UConn at Gampel Pavilion … Former UConn guard Lauren Engeln, one of five members of the freshman class of 2010, started for BC and had 10 points in 36 minutes. Two other transfers from the class, Michala Johnson [Wisconsin] and Samarie Walker [Kentucky] also start for their new programs. …The Tulsa Shock of the WNBA will be among the teams scouting Monday’s UConn-Stanford game. The Shock, Connecticut Sun, New York Liberty and San Antonio are in the draft lottery. Stef Dolson and Chiney Ogumike

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