Video: UConn’s Jefferson Earns Rare Praise From Auriemma

When UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma has something to say about one of his players, sometimes it’s a snarky comment. Now that isn’t the norm.

But he rarely dishes out praise about his players. He doesn’t want it going to their heads.

During the UConn women’s basketball press conference for the Elite Eight game versus the Dayton Flyers, Auriemma said that Moriah Jefferson was the best point guard in the country. She just happens to be one of the five finalists for the 2015 Lieberman Award which goes to the top PG in women’s basketball.

Watch and/or listen below as both Auriemma and Jefferson talk about her improvement this season:

Video: UConn Women Like To Play Quickly

When the UConn women’s basketball team and the Dayton Flyers get together on Monday night in the Albany Regional final of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, it may resemble a track meet. Both teams like to play quickly.

There is a difference though when the UConn women’s basketball team plays at their rapid pace. They are very much under control. There hasn’t been a team that’s been able to keep up with them.

And even when teams try to slow the UConn women’s basketball team down, it doesn’t usually last that long because of their outstanding defense.

Dayton head coach Jim Jabir hopes to be able to slow them down a little. But with his team playing a similar style, he just has to hope they don’t turn the ball over.

Watch and/or listen below as Jabir talks about how he plans to slow the pace down, if at all and the UConn women’s basketball starting five talk about what it’s like for them to play the swift pace.

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Video: UConn Women Elite With Rout of Texas

There’s a saying in Texas, “Everything is bigger in Texas”. Well it rang true for the Texas Longhorns against the UConn women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon in the Sweet 16. […]

Video: UConn Women Talk About Challenges of Texas’ Height

The Texas Longhorns starting center, Imani McGee-Stafford, is 6’7. Technically, there is no starting center for the UConn women’s basketball team but boasts Breanna Stewart at 6’4.

The Longhorns also have Kelsey Lang, who is 6’5, who sees quality minutes. The next tallest UConn women’s basketball player is Kiah Stokes at 6’3 then Morgan Tuck at 6’2.

So for the UConn women’s basketball team to be successful, they need to stay out of foul trouble for one. Secondly, they need to use their quickness as they did against a taller South Carolina Gamecocks team earlier this season. Thirdly, they need to hit the open shots when the guards penetrate then kick it back out.

If the UConn women’s basketball team can do that, they should be able to move on to the Elite Eight.

Watch and/or listen below as Stokes, Stewart, Tuck, Moriah Jefferson, Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams talk about the challenges that Texas’ height presents.

Video: Briana Pulido & Tierney Lawlor Talk About Being Walk-Ons at UConn

Both Briana Pulido, known affectionately as Polly to her teammates, and Tierney Lawlor joined the UConn women’s basketball team as walk-ons before the 2013-14 season.

Being a walk-on isn’t a glamorous thing but when you are a part of the UConn women’s basketball team, it can be very special.

For one, you usually have a cult following from the student section at home games. Two, you get to visit some pretty cool places since the UConn women’s basketball team seems to visit many different destinations. Three, you get to become part of a sisterhood with some of the best basketball players in college and ones who have graduated.

Fourthly, if you’re lucky, you might get a national championship ring or two which also gets you into the Huskies of Honor down the line. Lastly, unlike most other schools, you actually to get play and not just be a practice player.

This season, Lawlor has seen action in 32 of UConn women’s basketball’s 35 games while Pulido in 31-of-35. Lawlor has played 124 minutes with Pulido getting 75 minutes. And finally, Lawlor has 13 points with Pulido adding seven.

Not bad for a kid from Ansonia, CT (Lawlor) and a former UConn track and field member and aspiring doctor (Pulido).

Watch and/or listen below as Pulido and Lawlor talk about getting minutes and their experiences as walk-ons with the UConn women’s basketball team.

Video: Geno Auriemma Talks About 22 Straight Sweet 16 Appearances

Here’s an interesting stat for you. There is not one UConn women’s basketball player that was born the last time they didn’t make it to the Sweet 16.

On March 17, 1993, the UConn Huskies were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by the Louisville Cardinals in the first round. On March 30, 1993, senior Kiah Stokes was born. For good measure, senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was born on November 3, 1993.

Since then, the UConn women’s basketball team has now gone to at least the Sweet 16 22 straight times. And if they can beat Texas on Saturday, that would be 10 straight appearances in the Elite Eight.

After beating Rutgers on Monday night in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma talked about the accomplishment:

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Here is a photo gallery from the media session and open practice for the UConn women’s basketball team in open practice day for the Sweet 16 at the Times Union Arena in Albany, NY. To see full size picture or slide show, please click on image (mobile/tablet users: to scroll through photos, you can swipe […]

Video: UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco on Importance of Walk-on players

Like every team in college football, the UConn football team finds itself with walk-on players who don’t get scholarships.

Scholarship or not, the walk-on players for any team are the unsung heroes. They might not get any playing time but they are out there grinding with their brothers at every practice just as hard if not harder.

They do it because they want to not because they can. And sometimes, they’ll be rewarded with a scholarship, something that is not uncommon in college sports these days.

The UConn football walk-ons are no exception. They play a vital role in the teams preparation. Some even see quality playing time at important positions.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn football coach Bob Diaco talks about the importance of walk-ons to the football program:

Video: UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco on Ryan Crozier at Center

The UConn football team lost one of its most important starters on the offensive line in center Alex Mateas to graduation.

Mateas was backed up by Kyle Bockeloh for most of the 2014 season. But that’s not how things are looking right now during UConn football’s spring practice.

In the two practices we’ve been able to attend for UConn football, Ryan Crozier has gotten the bulk of snaps at center. And for now unless something changes, it looks like it’ll be that way for the foreseeable future.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn football coach Bob Diaco talks about the Crozier “experiment” at center as well as the importance of the younger guys on the offensive line:

Video: UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco on Transformation of Andreas Knappe

When Andreas Knappe came to the UConn football team, he was a raw specimen from Denmark with no set position. After playing two-three plays at defensive end in 2013, he was moved to tackle by head coach Bob Diaco and his staff.

At 6’8″, Knappe had the build and frame to play right tackle. He just didn’t have the skills to do it. Over the 2014 season for the UConn football team, Knappe improved each week and has continued that during spring practice so far.

With the UConn football offensive line still being relatively young, Knappe will once again be counted on in 2015.

Watch/and or listen below as Diaco and Knappe talk about his transformation on the offensive line for the UConn football team:

Video: UConn Women Did Just Fine Without Stewie Early Against Rutgers

If you tuned into the UConn women’s basketball game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Monday night, you might have noticed that Breanna Stewart wasn’t on the floor. It wasn’t because she was hurt.

Stewie found herself what I’ll say was questionable foul trouble after two calls against her that really should have gone the other way. That withstanding, it was a chance for other players to step up and show that this team is not just Stewie.

And that the UConn women’s basketball team did. They put up 51 points in the first half and pulled away from Rutgers to make it a laugher by the end of the game.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma, Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson talk about everyone stepping up in the first half.

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