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Saturday, January 13, 2018

UConn piling up the assists

Just out of curiosity, I looked up UConn's games through the first 15 games dating back to the 2003-04 season (UConn's game notes in its online archives either don't go back further than that or don't include season stats in the notes).

What I found was pretty interesting. UConn currently has 328 assists in its first 14 games this season. The Huskies had 329 through 15 games during the 2012-13 season, 336 in 2008-09 and 342 in 2007-08. I would expect the Huskies to top that mark by the time today's game at Houston is over. I did check on the 2001-02 season and that year the Huskies had 350 assists through 15 games so that is the number the Huskies are chasing. UConn did average more than 22 assists per game during the 1994-95 season and I regret not researching that season the last time I was at Gampel Pavilion.

When I mentioned this statistical nugget to UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, he was a bit surprised.

The Huskies are currently shooting 53.1 percent from the field which is the fourth-best mark in the last 15 seasons and if they make 12 3-pointers today, it would give them the most through 15 games dating back to 2003-04. Assuming the Huskies score at least 66 points today, they will have the highest scoring average through 15 games over these previous 15 seasons.

If there is an area where this year's team is failing to stack up, it is in the free throw department. Unless the Huskies make a living at the line today, the Huskies could finish with the fewest free throws made and attempted at this point of the season dating back to 2003-04.

"That is one thing I have been complaining about, we don't shoot enough free throws," Auriemma said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geno loves the 3. Rarely get free throws when shooting the 3. Gabby and Dangerfield are the only ones who drive to the basket with consistency. Except of course Nurse who gets lots of freebies on fast breaks.

WNBA GM love Nurse hustle, defense, and endurance. But can she create her own shot in the WNBA? Or will she be a 3 point specialist?

WNBA GM love Gabby's athleticism. Expect her to be whistled for less fouls in the WNBA, than in WCBB games like against Houston.

Gabby unfortunately has a bad reputation for following. Refs make too many bogus phantom touch calls on Gabby.

Meanwhile, KLS gets hit in the face 3 times in 1 game and no foul called. Louisville Sluggers are licking their lips. KLS is going to take a beating unless Geno gets a technical.

12:51 PM 

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