The Huskies ran up and down the floor for the final 45 minutes of practice today. Trust me, I’m sure it was longer than that. But this was the portion of practice that the media was allowed to sit in on. Geno had them entrenched in an offensive rebounding drill at one end with a bubble on the rim and a transition defense drill at the other. All the while sophomore point guard Lorin Dixon stood idle on the side near midcourt. Was she in the doghouse as she was so often last season? Not even close.
Lorin is battling a sore left foot and did not practice today after visiting the team doctor. It has been bothering her for a couple of weeks and she had previously been wearing a protective boot. But Geno said that he expects her to practice Friday.
“I would try to pronounce it, but it wouldn’t come out right,’’ Dixon said. “It’s just the bottom of my foot. But it’s fine. I’ve been doing rehab and therapy and it feels a lot better. They just want to make sure that it doesn’t get bad. It’s really OK. It’s not serious.’’
Dixon has been one of the players that has performed well during the first two weeks of practice. To no surprise, Geno cited Renee Montgomery and Maya Moore as the two players that have performed the best thus far. I think it’s fair to say that this will continue throughout the season. Both should be All-Americans by season’s end, with Maya possibly earning national Player of the Year honors.
“Renee, obviously, has had a great two weeks,’’ Auriemma said. “Renee’s been consistently really, really good. And Maya’s trying to do a lot more so for her it’s been … When she’s good she’s unbelievably good. And then when she’s trying to do some of the things that she’s trying to improve upon she’s getting a little taste of what it’s like to move around from one spot to another. Sometimes she’s inside. Sometimes she’s outside. Sometimes she’s a ballhandler. Sometimes she’s not. I would think those two guys are probably as close to where they need to be as any of the other guys are.’’