UConn coach Geno Auriemma looked as if he had just played 55 minutes Monday at Purcell Pavilion. He looked spent in the wake of the Huskies’ 96-87 loss to Notre Dame in triple overtime.
The 35 turnovers were a killer. When initially asked how to explain the turnovers, Auriemma fired back quickly …
“I have no idea,’’ he said. “I guess we’re not any good.’’
The fifth foul on Stefanie Dolson, who had 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, three steals in 35 minutes, with 32.6 seconds left in regulation did not help the Huskies’ cause either. Official Dennis DeMayo called her for a moving screen deep in the backcourt following a steal by Morgan Tuck and UConn leading 64-63.
The call took one of the Huskies’ most dangerous offensive tools out of the game, even if Dolson did commit 11 turnovers. Auriemma was asked afterward if he was OK with her fifth foul being called 80-feet from the hoop.
“Compared to a whole bunch of other stuff that was going on there (Monday) … But we really didn’t need her to go down there and screen for anybody,’’ Auriemma said. “But she thought that was the best thing to do and it’s unfortunate that it happened. The one (foul) where the kid (Markisha Wright) choked her and she tried to pull the kid’s arm away (with 8:21 left in the first half) … Every little foul in and of itself doesn’t mean anything, but then when they add up to five it means a lot. What are you going to do?’’
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 26 points (8-of-16 FG) and played all 55 minutes against the Irish. But she did not score for a stretch of 15:24 in the second half when she attempted just two shots.
Caroline Doty continues to struggle mightily against Notre Dame. She was scoreless in 21 minutes (0-of-1 FG) Monday and is now scoreless in 103 minutes over the last five games against the Irish (0-of-9).