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Wbbfan1

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Have to agree and made the comment after the Baylor Game.

Sims is Baylor's vocal leader with the will not to lose. I don't see that player on UConn.
 
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Kelly Faris agrees.

“We don’t have a specific vocal leader, the kind of person who will sit there and call someone out,” Fairs said. “That’s been this team’s downfall so far. Coach is right. Holding each other accountable would mean so much more. That is something a few of will need to start doing.

“We respect Coach, we know what he says is right. But apparently, some people aren’t responding to him. So maybe a teammate needs to get into a face and tell them this is how it’s going to be. We will work on that after the break.”

This comment scares me a little.
 

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The player that concerns me the most is Stefanie Dolson. She seems to have taken a step or two backwards. And, it appears, that as a result she's been spending a lot of time on the bench.
 

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Which is so strange because at the beginning of the season Geno basically said she was the leader of the team as a sophomore. None of them seem to have the personality to do that...Tiff is quiet, Kelly leads by example, Bria does a bit but also leads with her play...maybe KML next season will, she seems to be feisty...I don't know, it could be a problem. I wonder who isn't responding to Geno?
 

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"Downfall" seems like too strong a word at this point. They haven't exactly been tanking. Off to FL for a week. Have fun all.
 
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Numerous threads here over the past few months would have given one the indication that Caroline Doty was and is supposed to be that leader this season. What has happened?
 

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Numerous threads here over the past few months would have given one the indication that Caroline Doty was and is supposed to be that leader this season. What has happened?
We may have had a hint about that from Geno a couple of weeks ago concerning Caroline being frustrated and distracted internally by her inability to play the way she was used to doing. Her internal struggle may be distracting her from that role.
 
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It would be hard for someone with physical challenges like C Doty to be a vocal leader. I wonder if Kelly Faris can take up the slack. Hartley is still learning the offensive and defensive schemes.
 
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It would be hard for someone with physical challenges like C Doty to be a vocal leader. I wonder if Kelly Faris can take up the slack. Hartley is still learning the offensive and defensive schemes.
What ????
 
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Geno plays this motivational card nearly every year. Nothing to be overly concerned about. Just something for them to think about over break.
 

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Geno plays this motivational card nearly every year. Nothing to be overly concerned about. Just something for them to think about over break.
Very close to truth, Scotter.
 
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Silent leader, is like saying moral victory... every team needs someone who in some fashion gets in a teammates face when they don't bring it, or is not doing something the right way.
 

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I think Bria and Kelly need to step up. Stef seems to be going through the dreaded "sophomore slump", CD is dealing with the knee still, and Tiff has obviously not grown into the vocal leader role that the team needs. As underclassmen it would be best if Bria and Kelly start now with holding their teammates accountable so that it can carry over to next season.
 

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Kelly Faris agrees.

“We don’t have a specific vocal leader, the kind of person who will sit there and call someone out,” Fairs said. “That’s been this team’s downfall so far. Coach is right. Holding each other accountable would mean so much more. That is something a few of will need to start doing.

“We respect Coach, we know what he says is right. But apparently, some people aren’t responding to him. So maybe a teammate needs to get into a face and tell them this is how it’s going to be. We will work on that after the break.”

This comment scares me a little.
It's just the growth needed in a young team. Scarey? Nah. Unusual with a young (yes they are young) team? Not at all.
 

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Geno plays this motivational card nearly every year. Nothing to be overly concerned about. Just something for them to think about over break.

I cannot recall his doing this anytime recently.
 

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It's just the growth needed in a young team. Scary? Nah. Unusual with a young (yes they are young) team? Not at all.

Players calling out other players? Bad sign.
 

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Players calling out other players? Bad sign.
In the middle of a game, yes, in practice often necessary and must be directed at the right things. Accountability is what you want.
 

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In the middle of a game, yes, in practice often
necessary and must be directed at the right things. Accountability is what you want.

This is not in practice or a game. It's in the media. Bad sign.
 
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Which is so strange because at the beginning of the season Geno basically said she was the leader of the team as a sophomore. None of them seem to have the personality to do that...Tiff is quiet, Kelly leads by example, Bria does a bit but also leads with her play...maybe KML next season will, she seems to be feisty...I don't know, it could be a problem. I wonder who isn't responding to Geno?
I think people are underrating how big a role Dolson's been asked to take on this year. Often times she's the lone post player in the game, and trying to control the paint and boards by yourself - especially against the likes of Stanford and Baylor - is a huge task (no pun intended).

I think Dolson, more than anyone, will benefit from Stewart's arrival...not just because Stewart's a terrific passer from the high post, but her 6'10 wingspan should allow the two to completely control the paint area.
 

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I thnk there is nothing but positive there. They have identified and issue and are going to fix it.
 
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