Penn State has not beaten a UConn women's team coached
But talent takes you only so far. Sometimes the last stop is Dayton, Iowa City or Cincinnati, a few of the places the title train has derailed over the years. Hey, it happens.
It takes sustainability to win eight national championships since 1995, and not just in terms of talent. A big factor is between the program's ears the confidence it has in itself and in its coaches. And its capabilities.
So when the 2013 14 team practiced for the first time last week without junior Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis and sophomore Morgan Tuck, now out indefinitely with injuries, it would have been understandable for the team to look at what it had lost.
But that's just not how UConn rolls.
"Even when we have a little adversity, we have two injured players, we are still coming out and playing Connecticut basketball," said sophomore Breanna Stewart.
UConn's performance Friday at No. 8 Maryland was not textbook. It was ripped straight from some of the chapters written about how to Womens Tim Hardaway Jersey keep focus when shorthanded and in foul trouble.
"I said this all along: They went from nine All Americans to seven," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "If they lose a couple more, Geno [Auriemma] might have to coach like the rest of us."
Oh, he was coaching Friday. And his superior seven responded at the Comcast Center during their 72 55 win.
"Everybody just assumes that we are going to win, and win by a lot. It doesn't matter how many players we have, who is in and who is out," said Auriemma. "In reality, it is not as easy as you would like to think."
Penn State may Kids Stephen Curry Jersey have trouble believing that on Sunday when it takes its shot at the Huskies at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game is at noon and will be televised in Connecticut only on the Big Ten Network.
After beating UConn the first three times they met, Penn State has not won since 1983 eight losses, all against Auriemma teams.
But the Lady Lions have been on the rise over the last decade, especially since Coquese Washington became coach in 2007. They have won two straight Big Ten regular season titles. And after they defeated Fordham last week, Washington said she felt this team would be www.officialgoldenstatewarriors.com/WOMENS-STEPHEN-CURRY-JERSEY.html up to the task.
"I love the talent that we have," she said. "I love their attitudes. I love the effort that they play with. It's going to be a growing process and I've got to be patient as we go through it."
At the forefront of the Penn State (2 0) attack is senior guard Maggie Lucas, averaging 28.0 points. She is one of the nation's best three point and free throw shooters and a likely first round WNBA pick in April.
But UConn has always stressed its own performance as being more significant than its opponent's. And that's not going to change, not even with just a handful of options.
"If I had my druthers, I'd rather have 10 healthy players than seven," Auriemma said. "But [at Maryland], the seven that we had, for the most part, played great."
Auriemma filled Mosqueda Lewis' starting slot with junior Kiah Stokes, who played well against Stanford five days earlier. After an admitted slow start, Stokes fought off a third foul early in the second half and contributed mightily off the boards (eight) and by blocking two shots.
Brianna Banks came back from being slightly hobbled at the end of the first Tim Hardaway 4XL Jersey half to score nine points in 25 minutes.
"We are going to come out and get a win even if it is a sloppy win. We came out and got it done," said Stewart, who scored 19 of her 26 points in an electrifying first half shooting performance. Despite that, Auriemma was not happy with her. She had no rebounds. He told her that at halftime. She finished with seven, six offensive.
UConn also turned over the ball just six times. And in the second half, even after senior center Stefanie Dolson picked up her fourth foul, the Huskies stiffened defensively, limiting the Terrapins to 31 percent shooting and grabbing 13 of their 15 offensive rebounds.
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