The Women’s Beat with Bob Joyce: Five to Go

Good Morning Husky Fans….. 24 down and 5 games remain for the Nation’s Top Ranked Women’s Team. And for Coach Geno Auriemma, this stretch run before the Conference Tournament is exam time for those players who would like to play more and make an impact in the postseason. There is no doubt that the rotation will decrease as they go late into the postseason. Question is, how many will have earned the trust of the coaching staff ??

One player who’s a lock is Sophomore Gabby Williams. And you can make a serious case she’s the American Conference’s Most Improved Player…Her best game as a Husky came last Monday at South Carolina. As her 10 rebounds helped keep the Gamecocks off the glass… and in Sunday’s game against that very scrappy Temple team in Philly, she hauled down 11 boards and equaled her career high with 19 on a perfect 9-9 from the field. The sky is the limit for her….

Napheesa Collier, Soniya Chong and Natalie Butler need to show more over the next two weeks and likely first two games in the American Tourney to show they can contribute. Collier’s Time and trust has decreased recently… Chong’s knee is still an issue, but her play remains inconsistent and Butler ? I get the feeling she may be her own worst enemy and over thinking things too much…Just my thought

The up side ? Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson are beginning to peak…And that is a great thing for UConn. Stewart just overloaded the stat page Sunday…and Jefferson had 8 steals and 8 assists to compliment her 25 points… Let’s not forget their contributions Monday in Columbia. Which by the way was ready for the 1v 2 meeting..It’s too bad the Gamecocks weren’t quite ready to handle the Huskies.

This week, it’s Cincinnati Wednesday Night in Storrs and then the road finale at East Carolina Saturday. To think, after Saturday, the Huskies next plane ride would be, as long as they take care of business, would be Indy and the Final Four…

Join us on the radio this week… Geno Show Tuesday in Storrs from 6-7p, 6:30 pregame Wednesday and 7:30p on Saturday… Go Huskies !

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