Geno Benches Two Starters After Lackluster First Half

CBS Connecticut

By CLAY BAILEY,  Associated Press

 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Coach Geno Auriemma didn’t like the way No. 2 Connecticut opened the game against Memphis, so he sent a message–  sitting his two best players the bulk of the game.

The benching of Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck left it up to the Huskies’ reserves, and they eventually ran away from the Tigers 80-34 on Saturday.

Saniya Chong awakened UConn from a lackluster first half to finish with 17 points and Kia Nurse added 18. Gabby Williams had 16 points, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 11 and Moriah Jefferson 10.

But the key stats were from UConn’s two leading scorers _ Stewart and Tuck, who separately headed to the bench after about 5 minutes and never returned. Auriemma made it clear it was about their approach.

“This isn’t some subliminal message I’m sending to them where I expect them to read between the lines,”…

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