UConn senior Kelly Faris considers herself the leader of the team. And because of that, she expects certain things from herself in big games.
On Saturday against No. 5 Notre Dame, Faris scored 13 points, had 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in 40 minutes. UConn lost by one.
But Faris was not interested in accolades for herself. What she saw were the 21 points scored by Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride – her man to guard. And it crushed her.
“I take responsibility for this loss,” Faris said. “I don’t just say that because it sounds good. As a leader on this team, I am supposed to set the tone. And I didn’t do it defensively, which is usually expected of me. McBride got any shot she wanted and she made just about all of them [10 of 21].”
Geno Auriemma would have none of it.
“That is how Kelly is,” Auriemma said. “She takes every little thing very personally. She feels responsible for everything that happens. But there is only so much that one person can do.
“She looks at the big picture and says there was more I could have done. That’s the way she is.”