Memo to Saniya...

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  1. ericsandiego

    ericsandiego Cronus

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    Not going to rehash anything from the past, but whatever you had for breakfast today, please continue the tradition.

    20 points
    8-10 from the field
    4-6 from beyond the arc
    8 assists
    3 rebounds
    1 steal
    only 2 TO's

    Congratulations and...

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  2. Kaizen

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  3. tonehill68

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    I've agree. She played her best game in some time. I want her to build off this game.
     
  4. ericsandiego

    ericsandiego Cronus

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    She can do it for sure. I don't think she took a bad shot tonight - and she made most of them. 8-10 from the floor. So happy for her! Hope Geno talks about her at the presser...
     
  5. jcoton56

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    Whenshe plays like that, the quality of play leaps again!
     
  6. Shorty Dee

    Shorty Dee Number 1 UConn fan

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    What a game for Saniya. I noticed that she is getting better on defense, and tonight Saniya had the scoring night she had against Stanford. I hope she continue to work hard and play with the confidence she had tonight.
     
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  7. B BLOCK

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    OH THE IRONY!!!!!!
    Last time Saniya scored 20 points.......the Stanford loss 90 games ago.
    I could be wrong but Chong is now 137 and 1 at UConn, not a bad 3 and a half years and the best is yet to come.
    Great game for Chong, keep it going, UNLEASH THE BEAST.
     
  8. Gus Mahler

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    You're thinking of the previous year's NCAA tournament run also. UConn is 137-1 since losing in the BE finals in 2013.

    Saniya (and T) are 40+38+38+15 = 131 and 1.
     
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  9. Fairfield Fan

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    WNBA Draft: 1st Round.

    Here she comes!!!
     
  10. UcMiami

    UcMiami How it is

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    What you're really saying is that she is a bit of a slacker - right? :cool:
     
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  11. Dennygrnn

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    I was a little disappointed that when asked about the "core four" in his presser, he responded without mentioning Saniya. I thought he missed a great opportunity to bring her into the conversation.
     
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  12. Gus Mahler

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    Well, you know, if she had just played defense against Stanford . . . [kidding]
     
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  13. Phil

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    I thougth Saniya was trying to tell us how she feels about Core 4.
     
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  14. CBear01

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    Well it took her 90 games to match that 20 pt personal best. It can't take that long again. She needs to continue to assert herself in conference play to be ready for NCAA
     
  15. RSHERMVIKES

    RSHERMVIKES Gabby soars!

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    A real + for Saniya! Her all-around play was fantastic!
    With CD3's foot injury there will be more minutes for Saniya as well as Molly Bent.
    She just needs to assert herself in each game and there's no reason she can't average 8 to 10 points with 5 to 6 assists, through the end of the season!
     
  16. CPD016

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    Saniya did herself proud tonight - hitting that early 3 was a thing of beauty (it got me jacked). I have noticed that she is playing with more intensity lately and seems to be developing a good chemistry with the other 4 starters. Plus she scored that magical 20 against a ranked team. Who could want for more - its all good. Can't wait for saturday and #91
     
  17. Striper69

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    LUV that gal!
     
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  18. DEFCONN1

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    How about about a memo to the fifth estate, forget the "core four", it should now read the " fab five". Congrats Saniya, a great example of hard work and perseverance!
     
  19. Dennygrnn

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    I could not agree more! Saniya has done everything asked of her for four years. She had the "misfortune" of bad timing relative to her point guard predecessors, as well as untimely injuries, but she has been a hard-working and dedicated Husky from day one. I am sure that Gabby, Kia, Pheese and Lou see Saniya as an equal member of their starting five - an Extreme Team, a Dream Team or a Fab Five is much more appropriate.
     
  20. meyers7

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    I hope so and I hope she keeps it up.
     
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  21. greydog

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    The team has played its best ball all year when Chong is on the floor. This takes nothing away from Dangerfield as she's still learning and with her talent she'll be one of the great players, but the full team has played its best - spacing, making extra pass and getting open looks and when Chong is playing point and directing traffic and the ball. Regularly adding her shot will bring more dynamic scoring options for the full team as shown last night.
     
  22. Fairfield Fan

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    It is heartening that it was Saniya leading the team and leading the scoring in the game that tied the all-time record for consecutive wins, when she was criticized for her lax defense during Connecticut's last loss to Stanford early in her sophomore season. Coming full circle from being benched after that game, to stepping forward as a critically important component of the starting five by this game.

    Well done, indeed!!!
     
  23. CamrnCrz1974

    CamrnCrz1974 Good Guy for a Dookie

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    WARNING...comprehensive analysis of Saniya Chong's pro prospects below in a very long-winded post.
    As an FYI, "long-winded post" means "completely typical CamrnCrz1974 post."


    Obviously, Saniya had a great game last night and will depart UConn with the best record of any player in the history of the program. But in terms of the WNBA, however, I do not see it.

    This year, she is averaging 6.5 points per game on very, very good shooting. For her career, she is averaging 4.9 ppg, 45.7 percent from the floor, 36.2 percent from three, and 77.3 percent from the line.

    For someone who came into college with the reputation as a scorer, she has adapted really, really well to playing when the ball is not in her hands and being able to be a very solid roleplayer playing with elite talent. But she does not have a singular WNBA skill.

    Now, some of you will remind me of Kiah Stokes' ppg averages. But Kiah also had ELITE per-minute rebounding averages (which, as Kevin Pelton and the ESPN NBA draft analysts will tell you, is a skill that almost always translates to the professional ranks) and was an exceptional shotblocker (single season UConn record). For her senior year, Stokes averaged nearly 7 rebounds and 3.77 blocks per game while playing only 18 minutes per contest; her per-36 minute averages are simply staggering/jawdropping/running out of descriptive terms.

    While Stokes is only 6-3 (on the short end of WNBA centers), she has a very muscular frame and a very good center of gravity, which allows her to be physical with defenders who are bigger than she is.

    The other issue with Chong is the fact that she is only 5-8. At that height in the WNBA, she will either have to be paired with a taller point guard (so she could be a shooting guard on offense and defend the shorter guards on defense) or move to the point in the WNBA. Now, I have always argued that point guard is not just a position, but a mentality. You need to be a great playmaker, for yourself and others, while balancing and knowing when to shoot, when to initiate, when to pass, how to handle the clock, etc.

    Chong has a very nice A/TO for her career, at 2.09/1. But she has only averaged 1.71 assists per game for her career, despite playing with elite talent. Her per-minute averages help; for her career, per 36 minutes, she averages just under 3.5 assists per game. But those are not the assist number of a first round draft pick expected to be a playmaker.

    Defensively, Chong had the benefit of playing with two exceptional perimeter defenders at UConn. In the pros, she will have to adjust to players who are bigger, stronger, and quicker than she is - and being defended by them. Put it this way...Chong will have to go to playing with Moriah Jefferson to having to defend and be defended by Moriah Jefferson.

    Now, I am not saying she cannot succeed or have a very nice career. There are a number UConn players who were not taken in the first round, but have had/are continuing to have long and/or highly successful careers WNBA careers - Ashley Battle, Jessica Moore, Charde Houston, Tiffany Hayes, etc.

    I am reminded of Kelly Faris (not in terms of playing style, but in terms of pro prospect profile) when analyzing Chong. Faris was, arguably, one of the best hustle/effort players in the history of UConn. She was not naturally athletic, but she was incredibly crafty and relentless and was a very versatile defender at 5-11, being able to guard quick perimter players and bigger frontcourt players. Kelly did not have a singular WNBA skill, other than her heart/hustle, which she parlayed (along with a statistical breakout scoring year as a senior) into becoming a first round draft pick.

    But in four years, Faris has appeared in 112 games and averaged 11.7 minutes per game...to only score 2.1 points per game, shooting 36.1 percent from the floor and 28.1 percent from three. Those are not numbers worthy of a first round draft pick. And given her minutes and playing for multiple coaches, she has had her opportunities.

    NONE of this takes away from Faris' wonderful college career. And it will not take away from Chong's college career.

    But in terms of a first round draft pick, I just do not see it.
     
  24. Sonny44

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    CBSSN did the same thing. Sometime in the second half they put up a table showing the stats for the core four. Meanwhile Saniya was having the best night of her career, as good or better stats than any of the others, but got no mention. I'm so sick of that term I could throw up. It's so wrong!
     
  25. Striper69

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    Here's this:

     
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