Behind the Teams:
The match-up between the Connecticut Huskies and the Temple Owls womens basketball teams Jan. 28, 2014 was no regular conference match-up as Coaches Tonya Cardoza and Geno Auriemma met once again under different pretenses.
Cardoza has previously worked with Auriemma as his assistant coach for fourteen years. Although roots went deeper at that particular game, the teams did not allow that to get in the way of their game. Although the Owls later fell to the Huskies 93-56.
Cardoza was part of five national championships with the Huskies, and is striving to match that with the Owls.
Temple’s Assistant Coach Willnett Crockett also had significant ties with the UConn Coach, having played under Auriemma before earning her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 2006.
“I think she’s done a tremendous job down here,” said Auriemma on Cardoza.
Battling It Out:
The Huskies started out the first half with a 14 point lead, which the Owls then responded to with an 11-0 run. By 8:50 in the first half, the Owls had made that run 19-4 and taken the lead from No. 1 Connecticut with 23-22.
The Huskies regrouped and went on to close the half with 49-32 points. While the Owls fought hard in the first half, after the Huskies 11-0 run at the end of the first half, the Owls failed to keep up.
The Huskies used the second half to build upon their double-digit lead, finishing off the game with a final score of 93-56.