Head coach Joanne P. McCallie said that although it wasn’t a good game for her team, it still provided her team with a lot of lessons that they will take into summer workouts. She said she was extremely proud of her seniors. Maya Moore’s 28 points was not the main reason Connecticut rolled to a 75-40 win, but instead McCallie said it was the balance the Huskies presented.
“We had a great season, we had a young team, we grew together as a team. It’s not over for us, there are great things in store for us. And I know this team will bounce back and have a great season next year,” Duke senior guard Jasmine Thomas said.
Geno Auriemma told his Connecticut players that twenty years ago in Philadelphia, the Huskies played in their first regional championship and surprised a lot of people as they advanced to the Final Four.
Although it was much more expected this time around, Auriemma said it was still a great accomplishment for his players who advance to play conference rival Notre Dame in Indianapolis on Sunday. Notre Dame is located just three hours from the Final Four.
“We already played Notre Dame once on the road this season, so playing them on the road again is not going to be a big deal,” Auriemma said.
Senior forward Maya Moore netted her career 3,000th point in the second half on Tuesday. She said she was proud that the Big East would be represented with two teams in the Final Four. It will be the fourth time this season that the two teams have met, with the Huskies winning all three games so far.
“It’s going to be rough, we played each other so many times,” said Moore, “It should be fun.”