Faris delivers for Huskies
Faris flirted with the first quadruple double in UConn history and finished with eight points,seven rebounds, seven assists and a career-high eight steals while helping to hold Maryland's Alyssa Thomas to six points on 2 of 12 shooting.
"I said that 100 times and that is why the Big East coaches never vote her for anything so they are stuck with the guys they have and they have the record they have and we have her," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "It is a great example of how somebody can dominate a game and take six shots.
"She is at another level from conditioning, mental toughness, athletic ability. People don't recognize what a great athlete she is, how many things she can do, how fast she is and how strong she is. We don't have anybody else like her."
Keeping with her personality, Faris was nitpicking her flaws from the game highlighted by some late fouls she committed rather than patting herself on the back for an outstanding all-around effort.
Faris had one of the signature plays of the game. Brianna Banks had just drained a 3-pointer to give the Huskies a 10-point lead when Maryland was trying to get the lead back into single digits. Faris was knocked to the ground battling with Thomas, got up and was jostled some more before stepping in front of a pass intended for Thomas. Faris got the ball ahead to Hartley who scored while being fouled by Thomas. The three-point play pushed the lead to 13 points and Maryland never got the lead into single figures again.
"You are in the moment," Faris said when asked to recall that pivotal play. "It was a fast-paced game and as a team we were able to get a lot of steals. Defensively we did a pretty good job. That was one of the plays that we were able to execute on offensively on our fast break and get something out of it. We needed a few more of those. I felt good about most of my game. When I got back in at the end, there we a few, I committed some stupid fouls. Those are the things that kind of stick with me afterwards when you make the dumb plays like that. First half, individually, I felt pretty good about it."