The Huskies set season-highs in made free throws (24) and free throws attempted (30) in Tuesday’s 105-49 win at Providence. The previous season-highs were established at St. John’s Feb. 2 when they were 19-of-25 from the line.
UConn was 15-of-16 in the first half in building a 56-29 lead at halftime.
When asked about the high number of free throws taken, UConn coach Geno Auriemma could not resist injecting a bit of sarcasm into his response.
“We generally don’t get to shoot a lot of free throws against Catholic schools,’’ Auriemma said referring to the regular disparity in free throws when UConn plays Notre Dame. “(Tuesday) was an exception. Maybe the Pope resigning had something to do with it. The officials were a little bit lax, weren’t paying attention as much.’’
Stefanie Dolson was 6-of-6 from the free throw line against the Friars. Breanna Stewart was 5-of-6. Bria Hartley was 4-of-6. And Kelly Faris and Kiah Stokes were each 3-of-4. In all, seven of UConn’s 10 players attempted at least one free throw.
The Huskies had been averaging 11.1 made free throws on 15.1 attempts through the first 23 games this season.
“Free throws are just a function again of how much you’re moving,’’ Auriemma said. “When you’re standing around a lot, you don’t get to the free throw line. And I thought we had really good movement. Our cuts were pretty sharp. We probably dribbled the ball into the lane as much (Tuesday) as we have in a long time. And I think all those things lead to putting yourself in a position to get fouled. To me, it’s such an important part of the game that you’d be silly not to try to take advantage of it. And I’d be the first one to say I don’t think we’ve done as good a job this year as we have in past years of doing that.’’