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Sport Geno Auriemma calls out UConn women's critics: 'Why do I have to answer why we're not winning by enough?'

03:40  19 january  2020
03:40  19 january  2020 Source:   latimes.com

UConn women still No. 1; S Dakota, Michigan, Princeton in

  UConn women still No. 1; S Dakota, Michigan, Princeton in NEW YORK (AP) — UConn cruised to two more conference wins and remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll to start off 2020. The Huskies received 19 first-place votes Monday from a 30-member media panel to stay ahead of second-ranked Oregon. The Ducks got seven first-place votes, picking up two from Oregon State, which got three. The Beavers stayed No. 3 and were followed again by South Carolina, Stanford and Baylor. The LadyThe Huskies received 19 first-place votes Monday from a 30-member media panel to stay ahead of second-ranked Oregon. The Ducks got seven first-place votes, picking up two from Oregon State, which got three. The Beavers stayed No. 3 and were followed again by South Carolina, Stanford and Baylor.

With Auriemma the link, the UConn women may be the tightest family in all of basketball. An Incomparable LegacySince Geno ’s arrival in 1985, his success, and the success of the UConn women ’ s basketball team, has been unmatched.

University of Connecticut ( UConn ) women ’ s basketball coach, Geno Auriemma , is one of the But his words are a great life lesson for all of us , young and old, whether we play sports or not. In a world where many youth are taught that they are entitled to win , to play, to have equal time on the court, or

STORRS, Conn. — Geno Auriemma sees the silver lining of this past week’s tough road games, in which UConn beat Memphis and UCF by a combined 19 points.

a man looking at the camera: Hartford, CT - 1/9/20 - UConn Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma looks for answers against Baylor at XL Center Thursday night. Baylor won the game 74-58. Photo by Brad Horrigan | bhorrigan@courant.com\r\r© Brad Horrigan/The Hartford Courant/Hartford Courant/TNS Hartford, CT - 1/9/20 - UConn Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma looks for answers against Baylor at XL Center Thursday night. Baylor won the game 74-58. Photo by Brad Horrigan | bhorrigan@courant.com\r\r

Auriemma wants his team to know how to step up and make the plays necessary to win, whether against conference foes like UConn’s last two opponents, or Oregon and South Carolina, top-10 squads that the Huskies face over the next few weeks. That can be an especially valuable lesson for a team that’s had to reshape its identity following major graduation losses this offseason.

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Coach Geno Auriemma is not having it. But the UConn women always come out on top. This year, their record is 35-0. " We don't appreciate people for how good they are and what a good job they do — we always have to compare it to something," Auriemma said a day after his team' s 60-point win .

“ Geno and I thought we ’d be here for a couple of years and then go someplace where we could be really Accustomed to the question of why the second-ranked person in the sport’ s most dominant “She takes care of all the things we want to make sure Coach Auriemma doesn’t have to worry about.

These days, that seems to matter more to the coach than the game’s final score — given it’s a win. But Auriemma expressed frustration on Saturday, a day before the Huskies take on AAC opponent Tulsa, over public reaction to this season’s challenges and the team’s slimmer margins of victory, given the reality of his squad and what’s happening elsewhere across the country.

“I think sometimes we forget that things just don’t roll into the next thing as easily as we’ve made it look,” Auriemma said. “There are a lot of teams that over the years they fluctuate like this, based on who graduates, who they have coming in, some injuries, some transfers, whatever the case may be.

“And that never happens to us. And I think sometimes we have this impression that it’ll never happen to us, we’ll never be like that, we’ll always be putting five WNBA players on the floor that just start every game on a 20-2 run like the Houston game, and that every game is going to be like that. And the reality of the situation is, it’s not going to be like that.”

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"We were young and we were thrilled," Kathy Auriemma said. " I remember Geno had come home the year before in October, the first week of practice when " We ' re not planners. We didn't think too much ahead." So here' s my question. If I had stopped you at East Brook Mall 31 years ago and told you to

As do other top women ’ s teams, UConn also trains against male players who are not of varsity Ideally, Auriemma would use eight players in his regular rotation, to keep his team operating “That’s why we always look so good at the end, because we ’ re still getting stronger, or at least maintaining

Especially not this season considering who UConn lost. Though the Huskies return three starters in Crystal Dangerfield, Megan Walker and Christyn Williams, none of them were key fixtures of the offense last season — Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson were. And that doesn’t even take into account the introduction of two freshmen to the rotation, the incorporation of Kyla Irwin into the starting lineup, and the offseason growth that’s been demanded of Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who only averaged 14 minutes per game last year.

As Auriemma put it, “There’s not one kid on this team playing this year that has the same role they had last year.” And what the coaching staff has asked of them to do this season is far from easy.

“We’re asking Liv to be like Pheesa. There’s not a player in the country like Pheesa, anywhere, last year or this year,” Auriemma continued. “And now we’re asking a kid who hardly played last year to be Pheesa. It can’t happen. It can’t happen. And we’re asking Anna to come in here and be Lou. Ain’t gonna happen. It’s not gonna happen.”

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Fans may balk at how seven of UConn’s 16 games — including the last two conference games, one of which was one of two AAC games ever that UConn won by single digits — have been decided by 14 or fewer points. At the same time, in a season full of upsets across women’s basketball (just last week, eight ranked teams lost to unranked opponents), this year’s UConn team is 15-1, with its sole loss to the defending national champions. And UConn trailed by only three going into the game’s final five minutes.

“To be honest with you, my kids are sick of this,” Auriemma said. “My kids are sick of answering questions about why we’re not what we used to be, why we don’t win like we used to, why things don’t look like they used to. … Since when do you have to apologize for winning a game? Why, because we’ve won so much that now even winning is not enough? To be honest with you that’s (crap). … I understand why sometimes it just becomes a real weight to carry around.

“You say, ‘Well that’s why you came here.’ Really? You came here to win games. We’re 15-1. Why do I have to answer why we’re not winning by enough, or why we missed so many shots or why we turned the ball over, like why? I thought the object was to win the game.”

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Geno Auriemma versus Jim Calhoun has been among the rarest of intercollegiate role reversals, a men’s program deservedly About Calhoun, Auriemma long ago said: “ Do we get along? No, but we don’t have to .” After UConn ’s men’s and women ’ s teams won their last national titles on consecutive

We ’ re talking about women ’ s sports. Things are far better than they used to be , but when the men’s When she did , it confirmed why we were riveted in that final week. Part of it is the cult of personality that Geno Auriemma has created. He’s a great coach and a magnet for the best players in the world.

The extent to which UConn’s 15-1 record should speak for itself may be up for debate, but the Huskies will have plenty more opportunities to prove what kind of team they are and to demonstrate the in-season growth that fans are hoping for. Two more ranked teams will visit Storrs (No. 24 Tennessee and No. 6 Oregon) before the Huskies face their toughest road test of the season against South Carolina, the current No. 1 team in the nation. UConn can still earn a seventh-straight regular-season and conference tournament and will be fighting for a 13th straight Final Four bid and a 12th national title.

Still, through this season’s ups and downs, the following remains true: The Huskies haven’t dropped out of the top five in 249 consecutive weeks. They haven’t lost to an unranked opponent since St. John’s in 2012.

“You count on three things, right? Death, taxes, UConn being No. 1 in the country, undefeated, and rolling through everybody and being up 40 at halftime,” Auriemma said. “And the parade is what day? Where’s the parade route in Hartford? And then all of a sudden you realize, you know what, (it) ain’t as easy as we make it look. Because it was, there wouldn’t be a lot of teams that used to be, or are, or supposed to be really, really good getting their (butts) kicked on a regular basis.”

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