After the UConn women's basketball team remained undefeated on the 2019-20 season with Sunday's 73-62 win over Ohio State, head coach Geno Auriemma was honest about how the Huskies are still finding an identity.
To beat the physical Buckeyes (3-2), UConn needed a variety of production over the fourth quarters before 8,909 on hand at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Huskies (5-0) got what they needed from three of their top players as senior guard Crystal Dangerfield (23), sophomore guard Cristyn Williams (20) and junior forward Megan Walker (19) stepped up to combine for 62 points.
"The whole day, offensively, it was really a slog," Auriemma said of UConn, which shot 47.5 percent from the field (29 for 61) and 38.1 percent on three-pointers (8 of 21). "It was tough to get any kind of a flow, any kind of a rhythm. Chrystyn -- Chryst is really good with the ball. She can go pretty much any place she wants and it's same with Crystal, so we went to them more because we just needed somebody to make plays."
The Huskies contained 6-foot-4 sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz, but Ohio State got production from freshman guard Kierstan Bell and sophomore forward Aaliyah Patty to fill the gaps across the floor.
"They're a lot bigger than we are," Auriemma said. "Their size was a problem, so we had a hard time getting scores inside. So we had to rely on a lot of jump shots and that's one of the things -- when you're constantly shooting jump shots, you're at the mercy of if they don't go in, you've got a problem."
UConn, however, still managed to take the edge on rebounds (43-37) and evened the battle for points in the paint (26-26) as the Huskies beat the Buckeyes at their own game.
"It's what teams have to find out when they're on the road," Auriemma said. "They have to find out, 'OK, when we're in a game, that's kind of a loseable game, what are we going to do to make winning plays?' And we made a bunch of 'em."