Bria Hartley committed a turnover five seconds into Wednesday’s 75-48 win at Georgetown. Caroline Doty committed a turnover 27 seconds later and the Huskies would have three turnovers in the first 53 seconds.
In all, they committed 14 of their 19 turnovers in the first half. UConn coach Geno Auriemma was beside himself on the bench. He ran his hands over his hair. He sat down, took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes. Still, nothing changed.
“The first five possessions were a disaster, I thought,’’ Auriemma said. “Things that I’m just not accustomed to. I was actually dumbfounded. I had no idea that I could ever see some of the things that I saw those first five minutes of the first half. And it kind of set the tone. And what it does is things like that just frustrate you. You saw in the second half when we come down and we get a good shot every time down the floor, man, people just feel great. The ball moves. The right person ends up with an open shot. But when the ball has trouble finding people it’s a very frustrating way to play basketball. And I would like to say that Georgetown had a lot to do with us turning the ball over, and in some situations they did, but most of those were self-inflicted I thought, especially in the first half.’’
The number of turnovers committed by UConn represented the most since committing a season-high 20 against Penn State Dec. 6. Stefanie Dolson committed career-high seven turnovers. Kelly Faris established a season-high with four in 30 minutes. She had had four combined in 227 minutes over the previous seven games.
“We’ve got to take care of the ball as a whole,’’ Faris said. “We had way too many turnovers. That killed us.’’
Just as he was following Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame, Auriemma was not pleased with the number of fouls that were called on the Huskies during the first half. They were whistled for 10, while the Hoyas were called for just four.
The fouls were 9-6 in favor of UConn during the first half against Notre Dame.
“The number of fouls that seem to be called on a regular basis is troubling me a little bit,’’ Auriemma said after witnessing UConn total 17 fouls for the second straight game. “And we keep playing these teams that don’t foul. So at some point we’ve got to find a team that fouls so that we maybe can even it up a little bit. But we just seem to be fouling a lot more than everybody else. So I know we need to fix that. That’s got to be cleaned up.’’
Georgetown had only eight fouls, the lowest by an opponent this season.