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Ice slows LCS Sunday efforts.

POSTED January 18, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It was a no-go for the boys at LCS on Sunday as ice boxed in both Patrick Tiscia (UConn hockey) and myself (UConn women’s hoop action but let’s recap what we saw while previewing what’s coming up this week.

Your site for “More Than Just the Scores” watched the UConn women absolutely destroy the University of South Florida by a 92-50 score at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs on a day when the Bulls certainly couldn’t wait to get back to a warmer climate.

It was supposed to be a matchup of the top two teams in the American Athletic Conference but let’s be real, the distance between the two teams was worse than the flight back down to Florida.

Nobody in the AAC has given the Huskies a game to date and all hopes of a close contest rest with South Carolina, who make the trip to Storrs on February 9.

Four UConn players posted in double figures with Breanna Stewart posting a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards.

The Huskies outscored the visitors by a 43-19 margin in the second half and held USF scoreless for nearly nine minutes at one point in the second half.

Head coach Geno Auriemma was pleased with his team’s effort, especially on the defensive end.

“We take a lot of pride in what we do defensively,” Auriemma said. “I thought we made them work for the points they got. I thought our defense in the second half was really good, we rebounded the ball a lot better. Sometimes that gets lost in the shuffle, that we’re a pretty good defensive team.”

UConn pushed out to a 9-0 lead and didn’t allow the Bulls to get on the board until close to the 16 minute mark in the first.

“What happens when you score points as quickly as we did today is the other team starts to rush because they try and get back in the game,” Auriemma said.

The home team shot 51 percent from the floor and held USF to a 26 percent mark. Hard to win anything with those numbers.

UConn (16-1, 6-0, AAC) hits the road this week with stops in UCF on Wednesday and a visit to Cincinnati on Sunday before returning home on Wednesday, January 28 when they take on ECU at the XL Center.

…..The Torrington girls will be making an appearance on CPTV on Tuesday night when they travel to take on Watertown at 7 p.m.

The Indians have posted an 8-3 mark and have one talented player in Abby Collier who is averaging nearly 19 points per game.

The Raiders are 9-1 but looked sluggish in their 47-29 win over Oxford on Friday night.

We will be on hand to bring you back the action.

…..The LCS Road Show will be live from the Litchfield Saltwater Grille on Wednesday, January 21 from 6-7. After a terrific show in Torrington at Sawyers, the boys are looking to build on the momentum they gained last week.

Stop by for some terrific sports conversation, grab some food from the Saltwater Grille Happy Hour menu and enjoy the evening.

……On Thursday, Patrick Tiscia and I will venture up to Storrs to see if the UConn men can get back on track after a tough West Coast swing that saw then lose two straight.

They will be facing UCF at 7.

……Saturday afternoon brings a jaunt down to Thomaston to see the Golden Bears take on Wamogo in girls hoop action.

The defending Class S champions have not slipped very often this year (10-2) and are unbeaten in the Berkshire League.

That’s it for now, I think the ice has melted enough that I can go out without falling dead on my you know what.

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