UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Chris Dailey remained perfect filling in for Geno Auriemma as head coach as No. 2 UConn stated its case to move up to the top of the poll.
Olivia Nelson-Ododa had 27 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks and the Huskies - without Auriemma - routed Oklahoma 97-53 on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Women's Basketball Showcase.
The 65-year-old Auriemma missed the game after surgery Wednesday to relieve symptoms of diverticulitis, a condition where the colon develops small bulges that can sometimes become infected.
It's the 10th game Auriemma has missed in his 35-year Hall of Fame career. Dailey, the team's associate head coach, took over and remained unbeaten filling in. She coached two conference games last season when Auriemma was out sick.
"I think we played as close to a good 40 minutes as we had all year," Dailey said. "Today there was no lull, that was a big step for this team. Really really happy. Olivia played great, everyone played well. Crystal, Kristin, Aubrey gave us some good minutes. Great way to end this portion of our season and send kids home for holidays in good spirits."
Dailey said that Auriemma is in good spirits and was on campus on Saturday briefly. >> Read More
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