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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Huskies share the ball in victory

In the 11 seasons I have covered the UConn program I don't recall a game where there were seven players having at least three but no more than five assists but that is what happened in an 101-41 win over Colgate.

Brianna Banks (who had a career-high 20 points) and Kelly Faris led the way with five assists each as the Huskies had 28 assists on 40 baskets.


“We have a lot of unselfish people and I think that is key on making the team effort actually work,” Faris said. “You can talk about team this, team that but if you don't have unselfish people it is not going to work. We have a lot of players who make good decisions with passes and a lot of people can knock shots down. You put all of that together and that is what you get.”

Having a multitude of players piling up the assists is not a one-game deal as there are now eight different players with at least 10 assists this season.

"We spend a lot of time passing the ball and we tend to recruit good passers," Auriemma said. "That is one of the first things we look for when we recruit a kid is if they are a good passer, that kind of piques our interest. 

"I am not surprised. We usually lead the country or close to it every year and that is the way we play and those are the players we recruit they are unselfish and are always looking to make the extra pass - sometimes to a fault."


MOSQUEDA-LEWIS COULD BE BACK MONDAY
Auriemma said he should have an idea of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' status for Monday's game against Maryland after the sophomore forward missed tonight's game with a concussion.

"I am sure she will do something tomorrow and Friday and if we can get her to practice by Saturday ...," Auriemma said. "If she doesn't practice Saturday or Sunday then there is no way she is playing Monday. We'll known more (by Friday afternoon, we will have a pretty good idea of where we stand with that."

UCONN/STANFORD RENEW SERIES
In Auriemma's mind, the renewal of the non-conference series with Stanford was a no-brainer.

The teams, currently ranked first and second in both national polls, have been playing annually but the contract was up at the end of the season. It was announced that the programs agreed to a two-year contract beginning with a UConn home game on Nov. 10, 2013 in the Huskies' season opener.

"I might ask them if they want to play a home and home every year," Auriemma said. "As long as Stanford wants to play, we will play them. I have a lot of respect for them as a university and obviously their coaching staff. They are great people and the kind of people they recruit are great people so I am thrilled that it was done."

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