Auriemma Talks Up Chong, All-America And N.Y. Record-Setter

UConn commit Saniya Chong, pictured above with Ossining High coach Dan Ricci (photo by Isaac Cass of MSG Varsity), was one of 20 players named to the WBCA All-America team Tuesday. She will compete in the WBCA All-America Game at New Orleans Arena April 6.

Here is what UConn coach Geno Auriemma had to say about Chong’s accomplishment …

“You feel great for kids when they get honors. You really do,’’ Auriemma said. “You’re a high school kid and you just go out and play and the next thing you know you get a phone call and somebody says, `Hey, you’re a WBCA All-American.’ It’s great for her. She’s put a lot of time and effort into this game. I’ve always said when people vote on things that’s meaningful, but only to a point. So I don’t know what the criteria is, but I guess they thought Saniya’s criteria fit the bill. So I’m happy for her. I’m happy for her mom (Leslie).

“And Saniya’s a special case. I might move (assistant coaches) Shea (Ralph) and Marisa (Moseley) up a seat and put an extra seat and have her mom sit right next to me because her mom is the absolute the loudest person in the gym for an entire 32 minutes of those high school games. You guys are in for a treat. In a good way. In a good way.’’

Chong, a 5-foot-9 guard, became the New York Section 1 all-time leading scorer today by scoring 40 points in a win over Blind Brook. She has 2,664 career points to break the previous record of 2,662 set in 1987 by Karen O’Connor, who went on to play at Arizona State.

According to MSG Varsity, Chong also now holds the New York State record for made 3-pointers (278).