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Monday, January 19, 2015

Balance one of keys to UConn's success

Three of the teams picked to finish in the top half of the American Athletic Conference standings have faced UConn in a span of less than three weeks and the results have not been pretty.

East Carolina, picked third in the preseason poll, fell 89-38 at home while Temple, which was tied with Tulane the No. 4 spot, lost 92-58 and yesterday it was preseason No. 2 South Florida which barely made the Huskies break a sweat as UConn rolled to a 42-point win.

The most recent game showed so much of what separates the Huskies from their fellow conference teams. USF's Courtney Williams is a dynamic player, it's not every player  that  will cause UConn coach Geno Auriemma to bellow "she's a shooter" in disgust when she is left open. Williams had a game-high 23 points (although it took 25 shots) but no other player had more than eight points. South Florida had two starters who did not score, the story was the same for Temple and while all five East Carolina starters scored, two starting guards combined for one basket. In those same three games all five UConn averaged at least 11 points per game.

"For us it has always been about how many people we can get involved in the offense as opposed to how do we identify one player," Auriemma said. "But maybe if I one player who was that good maybe I would do the same thing, I don't know. I have always been fortunate, we have been lucky that we have more than one most years, some years we don't, but most years we do and that is what makes it hard to play against us because we have a lot of good players who play well together, who share the ball and aren't worried about how many shots they get."

UConn redshirt sophomore forward Morgan Tuck was named the American Athletic Conference's Player of the Week for the second time this season.

She had 24 points (one shy of her career high) and seven rebounds against Temple and followed that up with 15 points in the win over USF.



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