Huskies roll past BU
Huskies roll past BU
STORRS – Somebody referred to the UConn women as “dangerous” Friday night. Nah, they were dangerous last week and before that. Right now, the Huskies are just plain scary.
A badly outmanned if not game Boston University team was the latest opponent to get bulldozed Friday night by the No. 1 Huskie machine to the tune of a 96-38 UConn victory in the Hall of Fame Challenge at Gampel Pavilion. The demoralizing factor is that the Huskies are shorthanded.
So what happens when the Huskies get All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (bruised ulna nerve) and Morgan Tuck (knee surgery)? Gee, that must have some opponents turning pale and looking for the Tums.
The Huskies are doing it with seven players now. Heck they can’t even get most of the starters off of the floor when they are up 50 or 60. And, the contributions are coming from everyone.
“I’m really happy with how everyone is contributing. The fact that we have seven players not counting the walk-ons it has really challenged us to see who would step up and right now everyone is stepping up,” said Breanna Stewart. “Everyone is playing a lot of minutes and everyone is getting comfortable with each other. Obviously we have a lot of threats on our team and when we can get into a rhythm it can be very dangerous and I don’t think everyone on our team has played their best game at the same time and when that happens we can be tough.”
The Terriers caught a 40-minute eyeful of it all and it wasn’t pretty. And the Huskies were actually a little off early or as coach Geno Auriemma put it, the team had “no crispness.”
With five minutes gone, the score was 5-5 and Stewart had already been yanked after taking a trio of shots inside the lane that were more of the turnaround variety instead of the little jump hooks she normally takes. It all didn’t make the coach overjoyed.
“I asked (Stewart) during the first timeout, ‘Stewie do we practice those shots you are taking?. She said no and I said,” why are you taking them?’. She did it three times in a row. It was just unlike her. Usually she takes the kind of shots that we know that she is going to take and we know she is going to make. It was just bizarre I don’t know where it came from. “
Stewart got the message. She finished with 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting grabbed seven rebounds and had four blocks. That was the biggest problem UConn faced all night. Hey, problems are relative.
Stewart’s front court mate Stefanie Dolson continued to play one of the best stretches of her career and as a follow up to registering just the second triple double in UConn women’s history Wednesday night against Oregon added to the Terriers’ misery with a 23-point, 10 rebound effort.
Freshman Saniya Chong tossed in 15 points while Kiah Stokes added 10. Everywhere BU looked there was a basket. But the Huskies’ defense was equally good. The Terriers had trouble not just getting good shots, but getting shots.
Husky hands were in a lot of passing lanes and ball flight paths. UConn forced 30 turnovers and held the Terriers to 27 percent shooting (14-52). By halftime UConn led 45-13.
Bottom line the Huskies are scary right now. That’s a step above dangerous.