On Tuesday night, the UConn women complete the two-game preseason against Division II Philadelphia University, which old-school women’s basketball fans may remember as Philadelphia Textile. The game is at the XL Center at 7 p.m.
Don’t expect this to be any more entertaining than Friday’s opener against Gannon, which went to the Division II Final Four last season. UConn won that one, 101-35.
“You take things with a grain of salt. It’s an opportunity to put on the uniform and play in front of the fans,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.
“There’s a big gap between us and a lot of Division I teamsand its going to be there, regardless of what Division II team we play. They will be like Gannon in many ways because every Division II team is the same. The tallest kid is 6-foot because if they were 6-2 they would play elsewhere. The guards are good ball-handlers, but too short to play Division I.
“Every kid is a great shooter, but too slow to play Division I. Every Division II team is exactly the same, just in different uniforms. None of them have a 6-5 player, because even a bad 6-5 player gets a [Division I} scholarship somewhere. They all play with five guards or four guards with a 6-foot center.
"Next Saturday [the season-opener against Hartford] will be a little different. And next Monday [against Stanford at Gampel Pavilion] will be a little different than that.”
Here’s something that should put the new Big East Conference into perspective. You know me, I never pass up the chance to talk Seton Hall women’s basketball.
Six Philadelphia players reached double-figures Saturday as the Rams nearly knocked off the Pirates. Philly lost, 87-85, in overtime at venerable Walsh Gymnasium.
Junior guard Monica Schacker, who attended Caroline Doty HS, – Germantown Academy – knocked down five threes for a game-high 21 points. In her first action in a Ram uniform, sophomore guard Bria Young recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
In other news, high school sophomore Kelly Jekot ended her unofficial visit to UConn last weekend without a scholarship offer. The 6-foot guard already has them from Villanova, Vanderbilt, Maryland and St. Joseph’s (Pa.) so you know she is a top talent.
Problem is, UConn really isn’t into giving kids that young offers. If you ask me, its the humane thing to do. What 16-year-old really knows that they want from a college, let alone from life?
UConn will keep an eye on Jekot, who said she loved every minute of her visit. And who knows, maybe she will have an offer next year at this time.