Jefferson leads Huskies to no-let-down blasting of Tulane, 87-39.
STORRS: A normal team might have felt a bit of a hangover after playing in a huge, number one ranking in the balance game just five days earlier.
After the way the UConn Huskies (who will be back officially in the number one spot come Monday) dismantled South Carolina by 25 on Monday night, a conference game against Tulane might pale in comparison.
Yeah, but we’re not talking about a team that knows much about being normal.
What other team has players who dive or leap to ridiculous lengths to save a ball from crossing into the back court or from going out of bounds while they are up by 40?
You would be talking about the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, a program that has seen it’s beyond fair share of champions, like the 1994-1995 team they honored at the half of an 87-39 win over the Green Wave as they go back to ridiculous American Athletic Conference action.
At halftime of the blowout, the University paid tribute to that initial squad that put the sleepy little town of Storrs on the map and help create the dynasty that exists there now.
The point guard back then was one Pam Webber (now Mitchell) who made her mark in the assist department and fed big time players named Lobo and Wolters, amongst others.
As that team looked on, the 2014-2015 version is led by a player of similar height as Webber, one Moriah Jefferson, who did not allow her team to play off this game because of the national televised game five days back.
''You come off a big game and you don't want to go back, you want to keep moving forward,'' Jefferson said. ''We came out and we played really well. I thought we did a good job of building.''
You could make a real good argument that Jefferson is playing the best of any guard in the country at the moment.
She doesn’t do much wrong when she is on the floor and it was she who, with her team up a bucket loader full, leaped high in the air back over half court to save a ball that may have been a backcourt violation.
Jefferson launched it high in the air back towards the foul line where Breanna Stewart went vertical in a big way to get it.
It, of course, led to a three-pointer by Jefferson, who made her way back into the play. Of course she did.
Six different Huskies scored in double digits while the team posted 25 assists on 36 baskets while turning the ball over just nine times.
''Everybody is doing what they are good at,'' said UConn coach Geno Auriemma. ''We're playing well as a team.''
Even though the AAC regular season title is firmly in their back pocket, don’t expect their remaining five opponents to see any less effort on both sides of the court.
''Our next goal is to win a conference championship,'' said Tuck. ''I think it's good to have these conference games. ''We don't have that many left, so we have to treat them as they're really important.''
NOTES: It was a “Pink Out” event in Storrs on Saturday as the Huskies honored Cancer Survivors. During the pre-game introductions, each UConn player gave a different survivor a t-shirt and a hug while and appreciative crowd stood in salute.
A video tribute with highlights from the 94-95 team had those players who came back enjoying every minute of it.
UConn has but two home games left. One on Tuesday night when they host Houston at the XL Center and Senior Night on February 28 against Memphis. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes will be honored that afternoon. Ticket are still available for the 2/28 game.