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Post Game Quotes

Nov. 5, 2013

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Head Coach Geno Auriemma

On Morgan Tuck:

“Same thing I always think of Morgan. I think Morgan is great. She does all the things good basketball players do and she’s being doing that since she got here last year. She passes the ball, she dribbles it, she plays good defense, she rebounds it. I don’t know, I never have any complaints against Morgan…ever.”

On Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis’ eight assists:

“She’s been really good at practice the last week or so. She is just getting to be a better basketball player by seeing more things then just shots. I think the more you see things, the better you get. At one point she came over to the sideline and I said I think you’re playing great…and she was.”

On the team’s ability to pass:

“I’ve said this ever since I started coaching that having three really good passers on the floor is really key. You have four, that’s unusual, and for us I think we have four and a half really good passers. That’s really unusual for most teams. That’s what makes it really difficult to defend us now. Of course that could change with the competition on Saturday and Monday. I think a lot of what you’re seeing right now is good passing because it’s contagious just like bad passing is.”

On talented players not being nationally recognized at Connecticut:

“I don’t know. I never have those discussions with my team and they don’t have those discussions with me. Those kids come to Connecticut, to here, to play with other really good players. Whatever happens happens. The kind of players we get, if they wanted to be All-Americans and take thirty-five shots a game, they would go somewhere else. When they are here, not everybody is going to make All-American. It just happens. I don’t talk to them about it, they don’t talk to me about it. It’s not something that I spend any time worrying about.”

Sophomore Forward Breanna Stewart

On what she does to get so much blocks:

“Well, I just put my hands up. Coach has always told me to put my hands straight up because I don’t want to get fouls called. If they shoot it into my hands, I’ll take it.”

On Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis having eight assists

“I think it’s great. Kaleena’s all-around game is wonderful. I mean she had eight assists and that’s good for someone who was your leading scorer last year.”

On her take-away from tonight’s game:

I think tonight was very fun. It’s good to play against other people other than our practice players. They’re great but it’s good to try your offense and defense on people who have never seen it before.


Junior Forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

On how she feels the team is coming together:

“I think it took us about a week of practice before we really got on the path to where we wanted to go. We kind of got everyone into the swing of things and on the same page. Now, ever since we’ve been practicing we’re doing what we need to do and just getting it done.”

On getting ready to open the regular season:

“We’re excited. We’re ready to see how well we’re doing and gauge ourselves.”

On having eight assists on the night:

“I try to get assists as much as possible. Today, it was really more of a focus. There are a lot of times where I could have shot a three but it wasn’t going to be beneficial. I was trying to get our walk-ons involved and help Saniya get the offense down.”

On what she wanted to accomplish tonight:

“Today wasn’t really about scoring points. It was just about our team getting better.”