Rutgers joins the Big Ten next season, and the wishes of C. Vivian Stringer to continue playing UConn non-conference are secondary right now to the bigger question if she will return next season after her contract expires.
But Stringer couldn’t have been more gracious about what she saw on Sunday. The Huskies beat the Scarlet Knights by 30 (94-64) fueled by a career-high 30 points from Bria Hartley.
Hartley drilled a career-high six three-points to lead an attack that also featured 23 points from Breanna Stewart.
“Do you remember when Geno said, “`I have Diana Taurasi and you don’t’?” Stringer said. “That’s what he means. Breanna [Stewart] is the No. 1 player in the country, right? She’s the best player in the nation. It doesn’t mean they can’t be beaten, but it’s Connecticut and everybody else.
“Connecticut is a great team,” she said. “The speed which they ran and the accuracy, it’s almost like you have to be there to see it. Some of us knew about it and some of us forgot about it.
“Without question this is the best Connecticut team I’ve seen in all the years I’ve watched Connecticut. I don’t know who we’ve seen that’s better.
“You may argue that the point guard (Jefferson) isn’t as experienced, but sometimes when you are quick like that, maybe you don’t have to have experience. You know how to get to the hole and you know how to deliver. Geno has a great group of kids and he has to be happy.”