Senior Kelly Faris finished with five points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal against South Florida today.
Now with 1,016 career points, 751 rebounds, 507 assists and 276 steals in her career, she has joined four-time All-American Maya Moore as the only players in team history to amass 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists and 250 steals. She reached the milestone on an offensive rebound with 15:33 left in the game.
Her response to reaching the milestone was typical Faris …
“As you know, statistics aren’t really my thing,’’ Faris said. “So I think it’s cool to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Maya Moore. You think of the accomplishments that she’s had and just everything that she’s been able to do in such a short amount of time. So to even be mentioned next to her in anything that means a lot. But when it really gets down to it statistics are what’s on paper and I think you know that I’m more about what happens on the court and some of that stuff doesn’t necessarily show up. So that’s not always my focus.’’
Faris was then asked which category was the toughest to reach …
“The toughest? I probably had to work the most for rebounds,’’ Faris said. “And, mentally, for points.’’
Here are UConn coach Geno Auriemma’s thoughts on Faris joining Moore …
“Maya was just exceptional in so many areas,’’ Auriemma said. “Maya competed on every possession every minute every day. And I’m not surprised that she has the records that she has. One of the reasons why there’s so few people that have those kinds of records is for so many years we’ve had a combination of really good players on the same team that it was impossible for one person to dominate like that. The number of All-Americans that we had over a long period of time it’s hard for somebody to get a lot of rebounds when those rebounds are being fought over by all your guys or it’s hard to get a lot of steals when there’s a lot of guys stealing the ball.
“I think Kelly’s record is a combination of, except for her freshman and sophomore year when Maya was on the team and then when those other guys were on the team, certainly for the last two years there’s nobody on our team that works harder. There’s nobody on our team that pushes themselves harder. She’s at a whole different level from everybody else. We’ve got a couple guys on our team right now that if they competed at Kelly’s level she wouldn’t have all these numbers because they would be taking some of those numbers from her. But because she works so hard, because she prepares herself so well and because she’s relentless if she gets those records she deserves every single one of them.