It has been a veritable Kelly Faris Appreciation Week since she thoroughly dominated No. 4 Duke on national television Monday with 18 points (6-of-10 FG), 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 31 minutes in a 79-49 rout.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma said he sent Faris’ mother, Connie, a text this week saying: `I just want to say thank you.’
So as the third-ranked Huskies prepare to face Cincinnati tonight at Fifth Third Arena, here are even more glowing comments from Auriemma regarding Faris …
“We have a couple drills that we do, four-on-four especially,’’ Auriemma said. “And if you’re out there and you’re on Kelly’s team, you have a pretty good chance of beating the practice players. Then when you go out there and look around and she’s not on your team, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to lose. So if you asked the players what’s it mean … it means that I want Coach Auriemma to play me, but the only way that he’ll play me is if I’m on Kelly’s team. Because it makes me look a lot better than I really am sometimes. She has that effect on our team.
“And games like the other night the rest of the country sees that. And maybe they’re surprised. Maybe they’re not. Maybe they don’t even care. I don’t know. But I’m glad that whoever was watching around the country got to see it because we see it every day. We don’t take it for granted, but I think when you look back on her career… Everywhere I go people are just amazed that … The two things everybody talks about on our team are the change in Stefanie Dolson and they can’t believe that Kelly Faris has become what she’s become because they … The description of her coming out of high school was tough kid, hard-nosed, coach’s kid, plays hard. But nobody I think ever gave her the credit for having an opportunity to become the kind of basketball player that she’s become.’’