Jalen Adams left UConn as the tenth all-time scorer in program history. Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier helped bring a title to Storrs and transformed into perennial All-Americans. Now, the two programs look to a pair of rising seniors to step into new roles: Christian Vital and Crystal Dangerfield.
A basketball program is like a home - it needs a sturdy foundation in order to thrive. UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has been laying the bricks to build a program and a home for Huskies past, present and future, with a foundation that will never crumble.
Prior to Auriemma’s first year at UConn in 1985, the women’s program went 52-88 from 1980-85 under head coach Jean Balthaser. They were anything but the “Basketball Capital of the World.
I absolutely love Jim Harbaugh. This man man is crazy. He eats, sleeps, lives and breathes football and would probably cease to exist without it. Every week there’s at least one moment where he looks just about ready to yell at a ref or jump onto the field in the mid-game and start tackling guys. He’s a great coach, evident by the fact that he rebuilt Stanford, the 49ers and Michigan, but he can’t help but start drama with other coaches. He’s the absolute polar opposite of Bill Belichick and that’s why he’s my favorite coach.
The event will take place in the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For the fifth straight year, fans, students and alumni will be able to meet the coaches and student athletes, as well as listen to Auriemma’s reflection of the team’s season and watch special video clips highlighting the team’s progress on the court.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Huskies seemed poised to defeat last year’s national champion Notre Dame and return to the championship game after missing it for two straight seasons. UConn was up by nine with 7:52 left in the game after senior Napheesa Collier made a two-point field goal. The Husky fans at a sold out Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay began to taste victory.
“We had made a decision, we weren't going to (double team),” Geno Auriemma said. “We said we are not going to double. We are going to let Asia (Durr) get what she gets and just make her work as hard as possible to get those (shots). We just decided we cannot live with 11 made 3s like we did last time.”
“The look on their face looked like they were in trouble because we couldn't get anything to drop, we couldn't get a call,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. “(UCLA) started burying 3s. So it was like, well, what are we going to do, we can't guard them inside if we have to go out. So we're going to have to give something up. And it looked like we were searching.”
After taking over for Pat Summitt, Holly Warlick was handed the keys to the storied Tennessee women’s basketball program. But on Wednesday, Warlick was fired after seven years as the head coach. Louisville’s head coach Jeff Walz has been mentioned as a prime candidate for the vacant position. Walz reiterated his commitment to Louisville, while recommending one legendary coach for the job opening.
“People are out there bitching that we always go to Albany,” Auriemma said. “Well, then tell somebody else to friggin bid on it. Like it’s our fault. People are bitching, ‘they go to Albany every year.’ Well guess what, we’ve been the No.1 seed in the country the last 11 years. Where the hell else are you going to put us? It’s just unbelievable …