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Saturday, January 04, 2014

UConn looking to rediscover its shooting touch

There are plenty of things that Geno Auriemma concerns himself with when it comes to the quest to make his top-ranked UConn women’s basketball team better during each practice session. The ability to make shots is not particularly high on the pecking order of things.

So even with his team in a bit of a shooting funk over the last three games, Auriemma is not about to sound the alarm bells.

“Running our stuff wasn't the issue. getting shots has not been an issue at all but that last two games I think Bria(Hartley) and Stewie (Breanna Stewart) combined have been like 14 for 50 (actually 14 for 49) so getting shots isn't a problem but right now we are not making very many,” Auriemma said after Wednesday’s win over Central Florida. “I think we missed more layups - make able, easy layups - than we have in a year it seems like. The first half we got shots all different kinds of ways, we got them in half court, we got them in transition, we pretty much got anything we wanted. We played OK, we didn't play great then in the second half and things kind of slowed down a bit.”

With Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis still working her way back into the flow of things after missing five weeks of game action and practice time due to the right elbow injury, she has not been consistently hitting from the perimeter which has resulted in less room to operate for the other players. The 3-point numbers of the last three games are exhibit No. 1.

Freshman Saniya Chong, who is 4 for 9 from 3-point range, is the only player shooting better than 40 percent on 3-pointers in the games versus California, Cincinnati and Central Florida.

Here are the 3-point numbers of UConn’s top perimeter threats
Player          Games 1-11 Games 12-14
Brianna Banks    11-25  1-4
Saniya Chong  14-39  4-9
Stefanie Dolson   5-13  0-2
Bria Hartley  17-57  2-10
Moriah Jefferson        7-24  1-8
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 10-17  3-9
Breanna Stewart  13-33  2-10
Morgan Tuck   2-5   2-8

Stewart, who is just 7 of 27 from the field in the last two games, believes along as she and her teammates are aggressive that the shots will begin to fall.

“Missing (shots) irritates me the most,” Stewart said. “I see myself making shots so it is not like I've lost everything, I am just trying to see the ball go through the basket and keep being aggressive because that is how you want to attack something when it is not going well. I feel like I have been aggressive for the most part.  I want to get more shots up in practice, see the ball go through the basket and make free throws.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

UConn would be smart to feed the ball to Dolson down low every game. She is UConn's MVP.

KML should be shooting the most 3pt. Not Stewart. Not Hartley.

KML is UConn's only true shooter. Stewart and Hartley are scorers.

Jefferson, Banks, and Chong must shoot decent from 3PT. Otherwise teams like Baylor will pack the paint and force UConn to make 3PT at a high rate.

UConn has allowed a couple opponents' guards to score over 20. Baylor PG Sims is capable of scoring 30 on UConn, while getting UConn guards in foul trouble.

Baylor is not an automatic win for UConn. I would not be surprised to see Baylor win. Even withouth Griner, Baylor has something to prove, after the mugging they took at the hands of Louiville.

Go Huskies.

10:24 AM 

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