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Geno Auriemma
I remember saying that. It was right around the baseball playoffs. I always thought it was pretty cool how a manager would send a pitcher ahead to the next city to wait for his team. I wanted to give Will the opportunity to do that. Why sit around for five months doing nothing? I figured she could be up there scouting out the hotels and restaurants and sightseeing tours for us.
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#Baseball

Geno Auriemma
When you lose this game, there's nothing worse. There's nothing worse because this is the game that gets you to the place where all good things can happen. This is the hardest hurdle to get over, because you need 12 more months then to get back here and you didn't put yourself in a position to win the national championship.
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#Game

Geno Auriemma
My hope is that sometime in the next 24 hours, we play as close to our ability as we can. I wouldn't be at all disappointed if around 11:30 [Tuesday night], I'm saying that's the best game we played all year. That would be pretty good. Right now, we need to play one of the best games we've played.
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#Ability

Geno Auriemma
I haven't given that one thought. I haven't invested one second of energy on that. All I've been thinking about is how we can get to the Final Four, and now that we're not there, my thoughts are, unfortunately, not necessarily personal.
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#Energy

Geno Auriemma
You're going to do a lot of amazing things in college, ... It'll be a shame if no one sees you do them.
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#College

Geno Auriemma
I don't hire good coaches. I hire good people. If they turn out to be good coaches, too, that's a plus.
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#People

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The new contract is a reflection of the university's commitment to me and my commitment to the university.
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#Commitment

Geno Auriemma
There's a lot of soul searching that has to go on. Maybe we just don't have it in us. Maybe we're just not good enough right now.
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#Soul

Geno Auriemma
We have a bunch of kids who just don't have the confidence to play here. They don't necessarily exude confidence when they walk out onto the floor. For one of the few times in the 20 years that I have been here, I walk out on the floor and I don't know that my team shares the same belief I do about how we are going to play and compete.
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#Confidence

Geno Auriemma
Her conditioning is so-so. I think the rest was really good. But the rest kind of hurts you conditioning-wise because I don't care how long you ride the bike or are in the training room working out or in the pool, you've got to (get in) basketball shape playing basketball. We'll see how many (minutes) she can go and the same thing New Year's Eve (against Army) and then go from there.
Geno Auriemma
#Rest

Geno Auriemma
Our coaches said don't worry about her. She's hitting about one 3-pointer a game. It seemed like she made one about every five minutes.
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#Worry

Geno Auriemma
I just put it up on the board. The look in their eyes, I don't know what they thought it was going to be, given how they played. But sometimes when you see it ... I don't think there was any more I had to say after that. I think there comes a point where a kid looks at themselves and says, this is what I have to do or I'm not going to be able to help in any way.
Geno Auriemma
#Eyes

Geno Auriemma
As long as we play defense like that and keep people in the 50s we'll be all right. Some nights you're going to shoot the ball poorly and it's going to be 60-something to 50-something. Some nights you're going to shoot 60-something percent and it's going to be 90-something to 50-something. But you've got to be able to play with the game on the line, which I think we showed (Saturday).
Geno Auriemma
#Defense

Geno Auriemma
We played pretty good defense and took good care of the ball and got people involved in offense that we wanted to get involved. We got the right shot at the right time. We accomplished a lot.
Geno Auriemma
#Defense

Geno Auriemma
You have to temper everything, you have to say that some of the passes that we threw, if they were thrown against teams that have great athletic ability, they might have been stolen. But you look at it and you say, ?How many turnovers should you have if you play Albany?? Well, seven is a good number.
Geno Auriemma
#Temper

Geno Auriemma
It's interesting when you know somebody when they're 17 and they come out of high school and spend some time with them on the college level. I remember the Duke game was one of the best games she ever had when I was there. Things like that just stick out in your mind.
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#School

Geno Auriemma
It's been a long haul here. There's been some pretty emotional games. I think we're going to be really tested Monday, physically and mentally. We'll see if we have anything left.
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#Games

Geno Auriemma
I thought in the second half our defense was a little bit better. We tightened up some things and changed a couple of things.
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#Defense

Geno Auriemma
Since I'm not going to be in Boston playing Sunday and Tuesday (at the women's Final Four) I wouldn't mind being in Indianapolis.
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#Boston

Geno Auriemma
If you're the No. 1 seed or No. 2 seed in women's basketball, there's a reason for that. You have the best team and you have the best players.
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#Basketball

Geno Auriemma
We were lousy. I told the players the one good thing that game out of this was we won the game. Other than that I can't think of really anything that came out of this that was good.
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#Game

Geno Auriemma
I'm glad that they set it up the way they did to where it's the last game of the season. Ironically it ends up being for the Big East championship. If that's the way they had it planned, obviously it was pretty good planning.
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#Game

Geno Auriemma
I haven't had time to think about that. But since you mention it, since I won't be in Boston Sunday or Tuesday, I wouldn't mind being in Indianapolis.
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#Boston

Geno Auriemma
February is an important month at Connecticut. I like to think that when February comes you really put your game face on because what?s happened up to now it?s all going to go away if you don?t play well the next 60 days. The next 60 days for us, that?s the real season coming up right now.
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#Connecticut

Geno Auriemma
To their kids' credit, they play hard, even last year when they were losing. Their mind-set is, 'We can win,' where before they were hoping not to get beat by too much. Watching on film, they act like they can win.
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#Kids

Geno Auriemma
We have won some big games on the road against some good teams, which has given the group the confidence that you need to play in these games. I don?t know that we went in feeling like we were good enough to win this thing last year. I think maybe we thought we were, but I?m not sure we really believed it.
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#Confidence

Geno Auriemma
At this time of year, everything is about confidence. About your ability to make the play that needs to be made at the time it needs to be made. That's everything at this time of year. And the bottom line is, if you have those guys that make those plays, you win.
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#Ability

Geno Auriemma
I believe the way the game played out at Rutgers really stung them like nothing ever did before. I think there was a tremendous amount of soul searching and really trying to come to grips with who we are and what our strengths are and what our faults are and what we need to do.
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#Believe

Geno Auriemma
In these types of pressure environments, I got to tell you, I'm really, really happy for these two in particular. This is as much of a complete game as we've had in a long, long time.
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#Environment

Geno Auriemma
Right now, it seems like Will has made a commitment to herself to be one of the better players at her position in our league. And certainly it's not beyond the realm of possibilities for will. If you think about it, she's got all the ingredients.
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#Commitment