Head of the Coaching Class

By Richard Kent, BASN writer
Updated: January 18, 2012

NCAA Women's coach

NCAA Women's coach

NEW JERSEY (BASN) There are some great teams in women’s college basketball. Names like Baylor,UConn and Notre Dame. Coaches like Kim Mulkey and Geno Auriemma. And there are pretenders in women’s college basketball. Teams like Rutgers and UNC and coaches like Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell, both Hall of Fame coaches.
On Monday, UNC traveled to UConn but didn’t show up for the game. They were beaten by the Auriemma’s team, 86-35 and that was a gift. UConn could have won by 70. Easily. Auriemma called off the dogs.
Hatchell had to know that Auriemma would press them. Yet her team was totally unprepared for the UConn press. They had almost as many assists to UConn players as UConn did. And UNC was the no. 24 team in the nation going into the game.
Carolina seemed disinterested on defense and their players quit by the end of the first half.
On Tuesday, no. 7 Rutgers traveled to unranked St. John’s. They are more talented, athletic and skilled. If they had gone to the hoop with the ball from the get go they would have had an easy 10 point win. Instead the Scarlet Knights were content to play a game in the 50′s and show very little semblance of an offense. They tried to score off of their defense. Such a strategy rarely works on the road and it didn’t for the Stringer coached team. Rutgers held a 26-20 lead at the half, but were content to stand around on offense in the second half and let St. John’s attack them. It worked as Kim Barnes Arico once again continued her magic over the more veteran Stringer,62-57. She has now won 3 in a row over Rutgers.
Rutgers will be an NCAA team and could get a no. 3 seed, but they are not built to win a National Championship. Not with an offense that is so stagnant.