6-foot-3 UConn ahead Aaliyah Edwards has grow to be a twin machine for the No. 5 Huskies ahead, who visits Seton Corridor on Tuesday for a Massive East recreation. (AP Photograph/Jeff Dean)
Former UConn All-American and Olympian gold medalist Tina Charles headed to the Storrs over the weekend as she prepares for her thirteenth season within the WNBA and is presently taking part in for the Seattle Storm.
Charles, who’s a 6-foot-5 quarterback, ended up taking part in UConn’s 6-3 small ahead, Aaliyah Edwards, in a singles recreation. Charles, trailing 2-1, gained three straight factors, scoring to take a 3-2 lead on a candy spin, shifting the ball from her proper hand to her left and kissing by means of the glass from her left and shutting it down. Easy leap shot.
“They began taking part in and it was all humorous and humorous till Aaliyah went 2-1 and later turned a Corridor of Famer and WNBA MVP towards a university child,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma stated with a smile.
“Aaliyah discovered loads and bought kicked out of it and I feel she’s trying ahead to it occurring once more. I bought to see the hilarious Tina and get to see Tina, the starter on the Olympic group.”
Edwards responded with 17 factors and 11 rebounds in Yukon’s 65-50 win over Georgetown on Sunday on the XL Middle. The fifth-ranked Huskies (15-2, 8-0 Massive East) shall be subsequent up at Seton Corridor (13-5, 6-2) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (SNY).
Edwards soared her confidence, averaging 16.5 factors and 9.4 rebounds per recreation and capturing 62.8%. On December 28 towards Creighton, Edwards grabbed 20 rebounds, making her the primary UConn participant with 20 rebounds in a recreation since Maya Moore.
In opposition to Georgetown, Edwards recorded her seventh double-double of the season after failing to achieve the milestone even as soon as final 12 months.
“It was nice taking part in towards an expert,” Edwards stated of Charles. “It was nice matching her up for me individually after which for us as a group.
“She’s very loud and in addition made her low profile presence recognized. It helped me work my protection towards an even bigger and longer encounter after which additionally offensively, making an attempt to get buckets on her, which I did.”
Oraima stated that Edwards’ profession path truly bore a robust resemblance to that of Charles.
Charles took a again seat at UConn to All-Individuals Moore and Renee Mongtomery. As a junior and senior, she then helped lead the Huskies to 39-0 seasons that culminated within the nationwide championships. Charles was UConn’s all-time main rebounder (1,367), the primary total decide within the 2010 WNBA Draft, chosen by the Connecticut Solar.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, Maya Moore has been 10 because the day she walked on campus, proper?” Auriemma stated. “Tina was most likely 5 or 6, possibly seven on some good days the primary couple of years. And being me, I stored asking her why Maya is a first-team All-American and Renee is a first-team All-American and also you’re sitting there, clapping among the many public.”
Charles instructed the coach that she could be honored subsequent 12 months.
“Nicely, the subsequent 12 months that modified and he or she determined she needed to be a ten after which it was a ten day-after-day for the subsequent two years,” stated Orima.
So that you clarify that to Aaliyah and say, ‘Your first two years have been just about (like these of Charles). The problem now’s you need to be like a ten day-after-day. You must be like a professional day-after-day now the remainder of this 12 months and all subsequent 12 months if you happen to’re You need to get to what it’s.”
UConn defeated Seton Corridor 98-73 on December 21, incomes Edwards’ 23 factors and 6 gamers total in double figures.
Regardless of this, Okon, who has been suffering from accidents, was dealt one other blow on Sunday when main scorer Zazi Vad collided together with her beforehand injured proper knee and missed the second half.
The Huskies led Georgetown 24-23 at halftime and dedicated 23 turnovers total.
“I really feel like we’re undoubtedly blissful to have one other recreation as quickly as doable,” UConn middle guard Nika Muhl stated Sunday. “Nicely, personally, I’m livid with the way in which in the present day’s match went regardless of our victory. We’re definitely blissful to have one other match as quickly as doable simply so we will make things better as quickly as doable.”