When It Comes To UConn, Perceptions Are Often Misperceptions

by Categorized: Geno Auriemma, UConn women's basketball Date:

If you recall before the Baylor game, I urged everyone to take a deep breath, open your eyes and take in the entirety of what you are seeing with the UConn women’s basketball program.

There is a good reason for it. It is not going to last forever. Really, it isn’t, despite what you may think. And in 20 years, when things are drastically different, and all the big recruits are going to South Carolina or UCLA or Providence, instead of UConn, you are going to look back and yearn for the good, old Geno days.

The reason I reiterate (other than I love the word) is to point out the program is acutely aware of how impossible it is to please some people. Like during Monday night’s 66-55 win over Baylor in which UConn shot 11 of 30 in the first half and 11 of 30 in the second half for 36.7 percent and was 6 of 21 from three.

After Friday’s practice, Geno Auriemma was asked about UConn’s offense. And here is what he said:

“If we needed games against Baylor to improve, we’d be bad for a long time because they don’t happen very often. The bottom line is that we played a very good defense team at their home. But we had a lot of open shots that we didn’t make.
“What happens when you play at Connecticut is that when you don’t win by 30, it must be because you [stink] at so many different things that you shouldn’t even think about [participating] in post season play. You hold a team [Baylor] that’s averaging 90 points to just 55 and it’s still, ‘Well, Connecticut [stunk].’
“Sometimes, I think, our players get tired of listening to those questions. Most teams that go on the road and win by 11 against a team like Baylor, that’s won 69 straight [at home] would come back thinking it was a helluva win. But here its about what we didn’t do, what are we going to fix, what went wrong and what’s wrong, what’s wrong and what’s wrong.
“After awhile, that’s counter to what we do here. What we always do after a game is come back and look at the offense we ran and ask, “Did we take a lot of good shots? Yep. Did we take a lot of bad shots? We did. We we take a lot of quick shots, as opposed to making another two or three passes [before shooting]?.
“We don’t need to play Baylor to do those things. We gave up 22 offensive rebounds against Temple. Every game gives us a chance to figure out something we to get better at. And that doesn’t change. If there was a pick-up game after the national championship game, and we won it, we would still work on the five things we didn’t do well.”

Look, I told you so. I warned you. Next time, you are on your own.

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