Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, who has been battling Geno Auriemma since 1996, said after Sunday’s game that this UConn team may be the best one she has ever. That is very high praise considering she’s coached against seven national champions since she arrived.
“It’s Connecticut, and it’s everybody else,” she said. “Whether people want to do deal with it or not. It’s Connecticut and everyone else. Talent wise it’s clear they are there. Coaching wise it’s clear they are there.”
There may no better point guard in America right now than UConn sophomore Moriah Jefferson. Without a turnover in 70 minutes over her last two games she has injected UConn’s offense with great confidence. She has been most remarkable.
Lost in the double-figure efforts of Bria Hartley (30), Breanna Stewart (23), Stefanie Dolson (16) and Jefferson (13) was that Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was just 2 of 8 for four points in 33 minutes. She is 5 of 20 in her last two games with 12 points.
There may be no better freshman in The American than Rutgers guard Tyler Scaife. She was fearless on Sunday, shooting 10 of 17 for 22 points in 38 minutes. Scaife (17), Kahleah Copper (7 of 17) and Betnijah Laney (4 of 13) took 47 of their team’s 62 shots.
Baylor’s Odyssey Sims, who was 4 of 25 against UConn on Monday, scored 31 in the Lady Bears’ loss to Kansas on Sunday. But she took 37 shots. She was 13 of 37 from the field. Incredible and baffling.