UConn’s Been Great, But It Could Be Better

by Categorized: Big East women's basketball, Breanna Stewart, Bria Hartley, Geno Auriemma, UConn women's basketball Date:

There were few wrinkles to iron out in the neatly pressed plan Geno Auriemma brought to practice in preparation for Tuesday’s game at Louisville.

The male practice players who supplement the roster and push his players are still on winter break. And then Auriemma found out that Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart could not work the last two days because of ankle injuries sustained last weekend.

This left the Huskies shorthanded, at least on paper. As Louisville has learned during its stay in the Big East, no team with a roster of McDonald’s All-Americas is ever without recourse. But Auriemma isn’t one to automatically push the depth button.”

“It’s all about who you have out there [on the floor] and who you have them out there with,” Auriemma said. “But this isn’t the NBA where you have four or five players capable of out-playing the other team’s starters. It’s not going to happen.”

UConn’s situation tonight isn’t as bad as it could have been. Hartley, who turned her troublesome left ankle, was cleared to play.  Stewart wasn’t.

“We’ve been dealing with this [injuries] since the preseason up until now and it’s getting tiring,” Auriemma said. “It’s getting frustrating to not have enough players in practice to give enough players the repetitions they need to get better. It seems like you are stuck in one spot.

“It puts pressure on the healthy players to stay healthy. It’s been bizarre, but the alternative is worse. Except for Bria, our injuries have been a nuisance more than something long-term or season-ending. Maybe our best days are ahead of us.”

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9 thoughts on “UConn’s Been Great, But It Could Be Better

  1. Griners Greatest

    UConn’s best game came against an overrated Stanford team. Cardinal now have lost 2 games at home by double digits. Notre Dame’s victory over UConn was no fluke.

    1. Sal and Irene

      Diggins picked pick where Novacel left off regarding getting to the free throw line. If KML had made the 3pt shot UCONN would still be #1 and no one would have called it a fluke.
      ND’s winner was “the fickle finger of fate in action”. The game was close.

    2. Master Mind

      This was a very good game against a 15th ranked opponent with a scoring machine Shoni Shemmel.
      Geno played everyone!!! That’s a plus. Stokes in for Dolson did not allow Lu a vull to move forward in scoring. Big pluses: Jefferson, Banks, Tuck, Stokes, all played and contributed!!! Kelly Faris is still a big 3 threat. KML passes, plays defense and picks up the scoring slack when needed.
      What’s not to like. This is a top team–360 Division ONE teams and Uconn is rated number 3 if you can’t like that–you don’t like UConn.

      1. No Assault Rifles for Obama's Body Guards

        KML refused to pass to the 2nd team at the end of the game. She is selfish and only cares about her career stats.

  2. Slvrhwk

    WOW! Fourteen steals, 15 offensive RB’s by the Lady Cards. Baylor is coming and the Huskies don’t look ready to prevent a blowout.

  3. Michael Keller

    Everyone who is moaning about how badly Connecticut is struggling should look at the Division I stats on NCAA’s website. We are still number one in 5 major categories (scoring offense/defense/margin, FG Pct. defense, and assists per game), and top 10 in six others. We only stand poorly in three-point defense. Our average margin of victory (after the Louisville game) is 6-1/2 points per game better than Baylor.

    Baylor’s still a month away, and I believe Connecticut is only going to get better.

    1. No Assault Rifles for Obama's Body Guards

      That’s because WCBB SUCKS. Did you just wake up from a 30 year coma? WCBB is full of Doty’s.

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