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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Not the prettiest of wins for UConn

Perhaps only at UConn can the majority of the questions in the post-game press conference following a 33-point win be focused on how poorly the Huskies played.

However, when the Huskies struggled to break into double digits in assists, posted their lowest scoring total of the season and had more turnovers than assists for just the second time this season, the uneven offensive performance is going to draw some attention.

UConn opened the game by hitting 7 of its first 10 shots but when Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis left the game with three fouls with 14:26 to play in the first half and Cincinnati packing the lane to prevent Breanna Stewart and Stefanie Dolson to get touches in the low post, UConn was just 5 of 23 for the remainder of the first half.

"There was no flow to the offense. We spend as much time as probably anybody does to make sure we do have that kind of flow," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We were up 16 to start the game and then part of it was earlier this week we had really good practices and that second group really had a couple great days of practice. I thought I'd try a New Year's resolution and play those guys a lot more minutes and that is never going to happen again so that kind of got us away from what we were doing. We got stuck and stayed stuck for most of the first half.

"It is easy to get the ball to Stef at the high post but the difference is we need to balance that out by getting her the ball in the low post and we did a lousy job of that today. Breanna was OK offensively, I think she was stuck in one spot for most of the game and when K (Mosqueda-Lewis) came out the game with her third foul so now you have not such a great scenario. This having nine guys available is all great, lovey dovey and everything but it going to take a while to get used to after we played with six or seven. I have to do a better job of figuring out who should be in with who so that it doesn't end up being stand around and watch."

Moriah Jefferson and Stefanie Dolson were the only UConn players to make more shots than they missed and if you take away freshman Saniya Chong's 3 for 6 effort from 3-point range, the Huskies were 2 of 19 from 3-point range.

"It is not the first time that is happened that we spent four or five days shooting the ball a lot and don't make shots," Auriemma said. "We are not going to shoot the ball at all the next few days and we will probably go 12 for 25 from the 3-point line on Wednesday (when the Huskies play at Central Florida), that is the way it usually works.

Stewart did finish with 12 points and 12 rebounds to record her fourth straight double-double while Bria Hartley and Jefferson also finished with 12 points. But it was a bit of a struggle to get into the flow against Cincinnati and especially difficult to get out in transition.

"We were trying to make things happen that weren't there, if we came off the screen we didn't look like we were trying to be scorers first and felt a little bit stagnant out there," Mosqueda-Lewis said.



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