Honestly, getting past Idaho No. 16 in the first round of the Bridgeport Regional at Gampel Pavilion likely won’t be the as important for UConn as getting past the memory of what happened the last time it played.
That’s when Notre Dame beat them for the third straight time this season to win the Big East tournament championship.
“We can’t just rely on the coaches for everything,” Kelly Faris said. “There’s only so much that they can do. At a certain point you have to take responsibility and accountability for it.”
After the 61-59 loss, Geno Auriemma gave the team three days off. While he was busy with other things, his players decided to meet, without the coaches. They looked at the Notre Dame tape and discuss what it all meant, intervention-style.
“We were able to vent, talk things out strategically by watching film together,” Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis said. “We talked about a lot of things we feel should have actually been discussed a long time ago.
“People we speaking their minds and that what we needed. There was was no reason for anyone to hold back. We need to hold others accountable, say what they were feeling.
“And it’s what we needed. It shouldn’t take three losses to Notre Dame to get us to this point. But if that’s what it took, well, if we can move forward from it, thanks fine. But we’re sick of talking and now it’s time to do things; less talking, more doing.”
With Caroline Doty handling the remote, the players reviewed the plays that went well and fell short. And they took times expressing how they felt about it all.
“It’s good to just be able to talk amongst your teammates,” Bria Hartley said. “The coaches understand what they are doing and are very good at pointing out the things that we do.
“We understand what’s happening. We’ve seen it happening. It’s important to just talk [with each other] to make sure you are all on the same page, you all are seeing the same things. And it builds to a group focus. It helps us believe that we are in this together and we are going to get it done together.”
In terms of who will have the responsibility to do so, Auriemma would not say who will start Saturday. Last week, he mentioned he’d like to stick with whatever five all spring long after changing up so much down the stretch
“We’ve looked at everything, all week long,” Auriemma said. “We’ve tried to come up with every scenario that works, but we’ve found fault with every single one of them. So, you know, since we’re in New England, I’ll do a Bill Belichick and say everybody’s probable.
“It’s a possibility it [his thoughts on the lineup] could change [Saturday] at shoot-around. I just don’t know. We’ve tried every combination at practice. Sometimes they all look good, sometimes none of them look good, sometimes it looks OK. So I don’t know.
“I’ve got some thoughts, but I’ve got to make sure I’ve exhausted all the possibilities before I make a decision.
“But Stefanie [Dolson] is in [the starting lineup, just so you know.”