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What to say about another UConn rout.....I try.

POSTED January 16, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


STORRS: Okay, let's try something.

First, I'll give you the things that went right for the University of Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team during yet another blowout, then I'll flip the script and tell you everything that went wrong and we'll see which one takes longer. Okay?

Here we go.

The Huskies destroyed the Temple Owls by a 92-58 score before 6712 brave fans who tried to stay interested after the game opened 22-2, not in the favor of the visitors.

Morgan Tuck made 11 of her 12 attempts and led both teams with 24 points, one off her career high and all 11 shots she saw go through the net happened from about a foot from the rim.

The home team outrebounded a very, very, very small Owls (it fits, Owls are not huge) by a 58-32 margin while handing out 23 assists to Temple's nine.

Four Huskies scored in double figures; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (17), Breanna Stewart (18) and Kia Nurse (13) to go along with Tucks 24.

The home team blocked 10 shots and if you guessed Kiah Stokes had the majority of them (7) you win a prize but it couldn't have been a surprise.

KML posted a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) and was also honored before the game for hitting more three pointers than anyone in school history.

Three players hit double figures on the boards (Stokes 10, Gabby Williams 10) along with KML.

UConn shot 52% for the game, 39-75 despite missing about a dozen layups.

The chicken salad sandwich was a pleasant surprise as my pre-game meal and I have to say, I kind of like Cape Cod chips despite selling Frito-Lay products for nearly two decades.

Okay, now the bad.

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was not pleased at all with how the 6712 on hand sung the National Anthem before the start of the game with the UConn Pep band.

He encouraged and challenged those who will attend the Sunday USF contest to bring their "A" game.

Yeah, that's about all anybody could complain about as the Huskies destroyed yet another dismal American Athletic Conference opponent while improving to 15-1 (5-0, AAC).

On a night when Moriah Jefferson, who had come in playing as well as anybody in the country, scored two points on 1 of 6 shooting, UConn still scored 92 points.

Yes, the wings will be flying out of Buffalo Wild Wings and we may start keeping a clock on when the 82 point mark (the magic number for free wings with a ticket stub) is attained.

On Wednesday night, Mosqueda-Lewis hit a jumper with 9:39 left in the game to send a small student section (school is not back in session until next week) in a barbeque frenzy.

I'm a boneless fan myself but I didn't win, I have no ticket.

Former UConn assistant coach Tonya Cardoza, whose team lost to the Huskies last time they met by a familiar score of 93-57, spoke highly of the player who has made the biggest impact on the offensive end for UConn this season.

"Morgan Tuck has been the difference maker for them," Cardoza said. "She has raised the level of the team and took it upon herself to improve her game."

UConn started going inside early and often against an undersized Owls team with Stewart and Tuck simply having their way near the basket and outscored them 56-8 on the inside for the game.

"That's pretty much how we would like to start every game," Auriemma said, "Getting three or four layups right away and maybe a couple of free throws. I just think Morgan and Stewie where real aggressive from the beginning and they know if they are working really hard and being aggressive that they are going to get the ball. That's the plan every game just today it worked."

For her part, Tuck wanted to establish herself inside from the start.
"We knew coming in that they were undersized and we wanted to take advantage of that and show the coaches that we can produce each game," Tuck said,

In their last three games, all conference matchups, the Huskies have beaten Tulsa by 38 (98-60), SMU by 59 (87-28) and Temple Wednesday night by 34.

Not playing against quality opponents is something UConn is just going to have to deal with for you would think the remainder of their conference campaign.

"The last two teams we played are just really, really young teams," Auriemma said. "I think where it's most evident in the fact that it is really hard to guard us. So because it's not easy to guard us, St Johns was a little different, we are going to get a lot of points. Because there is no way that they (the opponent) can keep up."

Sorry, rest of the AAC but you have to play a dozen more games against this unit.

USF is up next on Sunday and if the crowd nails the Anthem, I'm just not sure if anything negative will come out of the next story we try to write.

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