UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma recognizes his team’s problems. He just doesn’t think he can solve them ahead of the NCAA tournament.
“At this time of the year, nothing’s fixable,” he said after the Huskies’ latest loss. “You are what you are because if it could be fixed, it would have been fixed already. … By the time you get to this point you are what you are. And this is who we are.”
No. 4 UConn fell 69-64 to St. John’s at home Tuesday night. The Huskies had not lost two regular-season conference games in 10 years, and had not lost to St. John’s in 11 years, but the loss to the Red Storm broke both streaks.
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Yes, the Huskies (24-5) notably have struggled with injuries this season. Sophomore guard Azzi Fudd remains out with a knee injury, and junior guard Paige Bueckers has missed the entire season.
But the Red Storm (20-7) matched the Huskies in using just three players off the bench Tuesday, and their substitutes outscored the Huskies’ substitutes 29-3.
“Nothing that this team does surprises me,” Auriemma said. “No matter how good we play, I’m not surprised, because we can. And no matter how bad we look, I’m not surprised because we can.”
UConn has two games remaining on its regular-season slate, a road game against DePaul at 2 p.m. Saturday and a home game against Xavier at 7 p.m. ET Monday.