Turnovers Remain An Issue For Huskies

The NCAA statistics show that UConn is ranked 28th in the nation when it comes to fewest turnovers per game (14.2). However, the Huskies have not taken care of the ball well lately.

UConn committed 18 turnovers in Saturday’s win over Syracuse. That’s 70 turnovers in the last four games (17.5). Opponents have combined to score 54 points off of these turnovers.

Are the Huskies just trying to be good, unselfish teammates that are constantly looking to make that extra pass?

“I think there’s a lot of kids at UConn that would be great teammates that I would love to have on the team,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “But if they sucked at passing the ball I really wouldn’t want then just because they’re great teammates. So we’ve got a lot of guys on our team maybe trying to be great teammates. Well, they should be lousy teammates and complete passes. That would make me a lot happier. `Hey, Coach what do you think of me?’ `I think you’re a (bad) teammate. But, man you never turn the ball over. So you’re good.’’’

If UConn continues on its current path it could find itself in trouble tonight against No. 4 Duke at Gampel Pavilion. The Blue Devils are forcing an average of 23.0 turnovers through their first 16 games this season and have converted them into 27.1 points per game.

“I think with us it’s just kind of slowing down and just taking care of the ball, obviously,’’ UConn junior Stefanie Dolson said. “I think we tend to get very … Coach says it all the time. We play really fast and quick and with that comes kind of turning the ball over and just throwing it to people who aren’t there. Kind of turning and chucking it. So we’ve just got to slow down. Relax on offense and pass to our guys.

“I think we’ll get better. I think it’s something that we emphasize and coaches emphasize in practice a lot. So we’re constantly working on it in practice and I think we’ll get better.’’