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Video: UConn’s Geno Auriemma Talks About Pregame Speeches

When you tune into the UConn women’s basketball game in the NCAA Championship against Notre Dame on Tuesday night, don’t expect to see Geno Auriemma giving a pregame speech.

It’s not that he doesn’t do them. It’s that the UConn women’s basketball coach doesn’t like them to be filmed.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball coach talked on Monday night after the win over Maryland about why he doesn’t let his pregame speeches be filmed.

Video: UConn’s Geno Auriemma Has Been In Notre Dame’s Shoes

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has been in Muffet McGraw’s shoes before. No, he hasn’t literally been in her shoes. It’s more of a metaphorical thing.

When the UConn women’s basketball program started to get really good, all eyes were on Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Volunteers. But as time went on, more attention was paid to the UConn women’s basketball team.

And it’s only grown from there.

So you can understand if there was a rift between the two head coaches before. It wasn’t personal. It was just basketball.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball coach talked after the win over Maryland about being in the shoes of Notre Dame in the past:

Video: Geno Auriemma On Breanna Stewart’s Growth as a Player

UConn’s Breanna Stewart has won National Player of the Year honors two years in a row from some outlets. There’s no doubt she’s a special player. And being as good as she is, it brings attention to her from defenses.

When she was younger, Stewart would be fouled hard and not be the same player. But as she has matured as a basketball player, it seems now doing that just fuels her.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn head coach Geno Auriemma talks about Breanna Stewart’s growth as a basketball player after his team beat Maryland on Sunday night.

Video: Geno Auriemma Talks UConn’s Slow Start Against Maryland

Don’t be surprised if the UConn women’s basketball team gets off to a slow start on Tuesday night against Notre Dame like they did against Maryland on Sunday. After all, it is only the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game.

UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma attributed the slow start against the Terrapins to nerves. And he was okay with it because he wanted them to be nervous. UConn women’s basketball fans didn’t have to worry though as the team took over control of the game in the first half.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball head coach talked about his teams slow start after Sunday’s game.

Video: Did UConn’s Morgan Tuck Play With a Chip On Her Shoulder?

UConn women’s basketball player Morgan Tuck certainly played like an All-American this season after sitting out last year with a knee injury. But when the All-American teams came out over this past week, Tuck’s name was no where to be found except as an honorable mention All-America from the AP.

While it is hard to be recognized when you play with the likes of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson, Tuck deserves the same attention they receive. For those who watched her play this season, they know how good Tuck really is.

And now that’s she has been snubbed by the writers and the coaches, the world is finding out just how good Morgan Tuck really is.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball team as well as head coach Geno Auriemma talk about whether or not Morgan Tuck had a chip on her shoulder against Maryland in the Final Four.

Video: UConn Women Preview Tonight’s Final Four Game Against Maryland

In just four and half hours or so, the UConn women’s basketball team will take on the Maryland Terrapins in the second game at the Final Four at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. The UConn women’s basketball team last faced the Terps in the Sweet 16 in 2013 and are 3-0 overall against them.

For the UConn women’s basketball team, they’ll be looking to go for a third straight title on Tuesday night. The Terps will look to prevent that and go for a national title of their own against the winner of the first game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball team previews their game against Maryland:

Video: Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams Experience First Final Four

Two of the three freshman on the UConn women’s basketball team, Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams, play significant roles on the team.

The other, Courtney Ekmark, hasn’t really found her stride this season after being injured early in the season. For all three, it is obviously their first time going to the Final Four as a member of the UConn women’s basketball team.

In Nurse and Williams, their UConn women’s basketball teammates expect them to continue to do what they’ve in the NCAA Tournament as well as the whole season. And that’s play like you have been.

Watch and/or listen below as Nurse and Williams talk about their first experience with the UConn women’s basketball program at the Final Four.

Video: Moriah Jefferson’s UConn Teammates React To Her All-American Status

When UConn Huskies point guard Moriah Jefferson is honored on Senior Night in 2016, she’s going to get more than just a framed jersey.

Because she was named a WBCA All-American on Saturday, Jefferson will forever have her name on “Husky of Honor” wall at Gampel Pavilion. That is the criteria of head coach Geno Auriemma for having a player’s name up there.

Jefferson’s All-American status is no surprise to her teammates. Jefferson has taken her game to a higher level this year and is one of the main reasons why the Huskies are in the Final Four yet again.

Watch and/or listen below as Moriah Jefferson’s UConn teammates react to her being named an All-American:

Video: UConn’s Breanna Stewart Has Price of Right Moment

While it’s not as extreme as the “Price is Right” model giving away a car earlier this week or the Boston Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk announcing Boston Bruins’ Dougie Hamilton’s injury, UConn women’s basketball player Breanna Stewart did have a similar moment after accepting the AP Player of the Year award.

During her acceptance speech where she was thanking her family, teammates and the AP, Stewart accidentally announced that Florida State Seminoles head coach Sue Semrau was the AP Coach of the Year.

You really can’t blame Stewart as she hadn’t been told that Semrau hadn’t been announced as the winner.

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