When the Big East selected Marquette as UConn’s second travel partner for this season, Golden Eagles coach Terri Mitchell tried poured herself a glass half-full.
This was a magnanimous gesture on her part. An ordinary person, confronted by the possibilities, would have automatically spilled something all over her office rug.
But Mitchell, a former assistant coach for USA Basketball, decided to try looking at her two games against UConn from the bright side. After all, what is college athletics if not a forum designed for personal growth?
But after Tuesday’s 94-37 loss at Gampel Pavilion before a quiet 6,430, it seemed time to admit the obvious. Getting the short straw, losing two games to the Huskies this season by a combined 91 points, was a test to even her power of positive thinking.
“A charade,” said about the scheduling mishap.
And she said it to Danielle Donehew, the associate commissioner of women’s basketball for the Big East.
“It’s what the Big East decided,” Mitchell said. “We knew it was going to be tough, that we’d have to find ways [to play better]. … We lost worse than we did at home. I wanted us to play better and it didn’t happen.”