Sport 'This time, I mean it': Auriemma says things aren't going to be easy this season

04:45  15 november  2019
04:45  15 november  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Geno Auriemma didn' t want this season to be this easy . AJ Mast/AP. "Every time I keep doubting them, every time I keep saying to them, 'alright As tough as the first 12 games have been , things actually get a little easier now. Only one of those opponents is currently ranked (No. 23 South Florida)

Auriemma — plenty of times during the regular season — wished the streak would just end, providing him with the coaching tool he needed to get Auriemma said . “The fact that it never happened, that doesn’ t mean I went home thinking it ’s never going to happen. I knew this was coming at some point.

HARTFORD, Conn. — After UConn’s win over Vanderbilt on Wednesday evening, UConn coach Geno Auriemma told a group of reporters the same thing he’s said, on and off, for the last few years.

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Geno Auriemma , in his time at UConn, has had one losing season since he took over the program in 1985. It was his first one, when he was earning less than ,000 a year “ I remember thinking that it was going to be really easy ,” Auriemma said of that first season that began with seven wins in a row.

“It’s not going to be easy.”

Yeah right, most people outside the program may think, pointing to UConn’s 12-straight Final Four as evidence that Auriemma has always gotten his teams just where they need to be by the end of the season.

This time, Auriemma insists it’s different.

“Maybe because I’ve said this for so many years and it didn’t come true then nobody believes me, but this is not gonna be easy,” Auriemma said. “This time I mean it, it’s not gonna be easy. Which is good. It’s not supposed to be.”

Wednesday’s 64-51 win over Vanderbilt, picked in the preseason to finish last in the SEC, certainly wasn’t as easy as Auriemma would have wanted, especially in the first half. UConn started the game sloppy, committing nine turnovers across the first two quarters alone and missing several makeable shots. Vanderbilt pulled within three early in the second period before UConn started to pull away. But it really took until the third quarter, and the best eight-minute stretch the Huskies have put together so far this season, for everything to start clicking.

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While UConn ultimately scored fewer points than it did against Cal, that wasn’t due to poor shooting: UConn went 27 for 65 from the field in each contest, and actually assisted more of their shots on Wednesday (63% vs. 44%). The point differential between the two games came from the foul line, as UConn went 13-for-21 on Sunday but made four of only seven attempts from the charity stripe on Wednesday (a combined 17 fouls were called the entire game).

Senior point guard Crystal Dangerfield thought the team did a better job listening to Auriemma and to her on the floor, a welcome improvement after the team was forced to disregard its usual offensive system against Cal when some on the court couldn’t remember plays.

“Other than that, we showed flashes but didn’t continue that, so we’re going to have to figure that one out,” Dangerfield added.

The Huskies weren’t able to carry that flow into the fourth quarter, where they were outscored 17-11. It didn’t help that Christyn Williams went cold in the second half (0 for 6 from the field) after a solid first 20 minutes in which she scored 13 points.

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There are some things you simply never want to say at work. People often don’ t like to hear I can’ t because they think it means I won’ t . Saying ' I can’ t ' suggests that you’re not willing to do what it takes to get the job done. Is there someone who can show me so that I can do it on my own next time ?”

“ It ’s a number that’s significant because so few people have been able to do that," Auriemma said to reporters postgame about hitting 1,000 wins. “ I know how many years I killed myself to try to win a championship, and I never did it , so I know how hard it is to win,” Barkley told USA TODAY Sports.

“I only worry when they don’t get shots. I don’t worry necessarily when they don’t go in,” Auriemma said about Williams’ cold streak. “She still got 15 shots tonight, so most of the time, those are going to go in.”

Aubrey Griffin scored the first points from the field of a player outside of UConn’s emerging core of Dangerfield, Williams, Megan Walker, and Olivia-Nelson Ododa, when Walker hit the freshman for a layup midway through the third. Though Griffin added another basket in the fourth, crashing the glass for an offensive rebound and put-back, she was the only player outside of that core four to score.

“We’re not getting the benefit of anything offensively from those two,” Auriemma said of Griffin and Anna Makurat, who was scoreless but dished out five assists. “But that’ll come. That’ll come, it’s just taking longer than I thought it would. You know, it’s only two games.”

“Everything until we get towards the end of the season is going to be a work in progress,” Dangerfield said.

On the other end of the floor, Auriemma was, for the second straight game, not displeased with the team’s defensive effort, which forced 23 Vanderbilt turnovers. UConn limited both Cal and Vanderbilt to sub-40% shooting, despite Auriemma’s assertion that the team would struggle defensively this season.

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Yet, they keep winning,” Auriemma said of his squad. “You know how many times I go home and go , ‘Man, I hope we get our I mean , the only thing that this team has to hold onto is the 36 wins that they have right now this year. “But it ’s not going to be that much different than how is Mississippi State

“ It ’s hard for men to express weakness, so when science says we have a reason, we really lean into it Isn’ t it possible that men are simply more fragile and more dramatic in all situations? “Like, what does it mean to be sick?” my friend Keenan asked. “People think this is question for hard biological

“I thought our defense for the most part was really good most of the night until the fourth quarter,” Auriemma said. “They’re not easy to defend. They’re big and they’re athletic.”


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