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Monday, June 02, 2014

Hayes adjusting to new coaching staff

When Tiffany Hayes played at UConn there were no concerns about having to learn to play under new coaches as Hall of Fame Geno Auriemma ran things pretty much the same way for each of her four years.

However, Hayes is playing for her third head coach in the last two seasons with the WNBA's Atlanta Dream and it is taking some time for her to get accustomed to how the new coach, Michael Cooper, does things.

In the first four games of the regular season Hayes had more turnovers than field goals. Hayes bounced back in a major way after failing to score in a 27-minute stint against Indiana on May 25. In the last two games, including yesterday's loss at Connecticut, Hayes averaged 18.5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists while committing just one turnover in 58 minutes.

"It is always good being able to held your team out and you are playing better than you were playing it is a big confidence booster," Hayes said.

"It is a lot (different) but it is not. Me and him (Cooper) just talked about it the other day, he still wants me to be a scorer and definitely be one of the best defenders on the team. Hopefully, if I know that is what my team needs I am going to try to bring that."

Hayes was obviously thrilled to see former teammates Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley cap their collegiate careers by winning a national title.

"They came in, they set goals for themselves, they led their team," Hayes said.

"It was great. I was able to watch all the games, I was cheering for both of them. The men came out of nowhere again just like when Kemba was here and the women,I had no doubt in my mind that they were going to win. Once a Husky always a Husky. If they win, all the alumni we win. "

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