Geno Auriemma on Diana Taurasi-Sue Bird broadcast: ‘I’m sure they were funny as hell’ – CT Insider

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma loses his temper with associate head coach Chris Dailey in 2nd quarter against Stanford during NCAA Women?•s Basketball Final Four semifinal at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN on Friday, April 1, 2022.
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma watches during the first half of a college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Women’s Final Four NCAA tournament Friday, April 1, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
The UConn women’s basketball team’s win over Stanford Friday night wasn’t exactly pretty. But, a win is a win.
The Huskies won 63-58 at the Target Center in Minneapolis and now head toward the championship matchup with South Carolina on Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s been a weird season for UConn and Friday was no different. Scoring was limited for both teams and then, with about four minutes left, chaos broke out. There were sloppy turnovers, dramatic shots and plenty of high-pressure free throws.
In the end, UConn was victorious.
“We didn’t exactly play our A game on the offensive end, but the things we needed to do when we had to do them, we came up big,” coach Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t know what more I can say about this group than we’ve been saying, but it was pretty remarkable, to be honest with you.”
Here’s what Auriemma had to say about the game
Well, you get to a Final Four, it’s not easy to win either game. It’s not easy to win this one, and it’s not easy to win the next one. So I’m always amazed when people – you’ve been to five Final Fours in a row and you haven’t played in a championship game, your program is falling apart. This is a really, really hard game to win. Stanford is the defending national champions and they have everybody back and they’re not playing Sunday night. It’s a hard game to win.
Yeah, a hundred percent. You know, so many years that we’ve come here we’ve been a No. 1 seed, so many years we’ve been to No. 1, No. 1. We had the best team going in, everybody knew it, and it was let’s just go do our thing, and I don’t think anybody is going to be able to beat us if we play our A game.
This year I didn’t think any of that. Coming in, I don’t think we’re the best team there. I don’t think we can win even if we play our A game. We need help – we need Stanford to not play their best game. We need them to miss shots they normally make.
When Liv made that three-point play, you could just see her whole body language, everything changed about her, and the two free throws, one was like a bullet, and the other one hit the bottom of the rim and somehow rolled up and went in. There was definitely – I don’t want to say hand of God, but there was definite intervention there for those two to go in.
But I think it gave our players some confidence that we’re getting more contributions from more people now, and the three that Christyn made was huge, which we’ve been waiting the whole game for her to do that.
I didn’t record it, and the chances of me watching it are less than zero. When you’ve been around those two as long as I have, I really truly have no interest in hearing anything they have to say. On any topic, especially me. But I’m sure they were funny as hell, and I’m sure whatever I see they were drinking didn’t come from the store.
Dan Brechlin is the managing editor of the News-Times and sports across Hearst Connecticut. He previously worked at the Hartford Courant as the sports editor and the deputy managing editor. Prior to that he worked as city editor of the Record-Journal and a reporter before that covering his hometown of Meriden. He is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.