Sunday was a tough day for both current and former Huskies who were representing Team USA in Paris. The team, led by coach Geno Auriemma, fell to France, 76-72, at the 2014 France International Tournament.
And if that weren't bad enough, after the game, USA Basketball announced that Stefanie Dolson, who played for the Huskies from 2010-2014 and now is a member of the WNBA's Washington Mystics, had been cut along with ex-Notre Dame All-American guards Skylar Diggins and Kayla McBride.
“We’ve been trying to put everything together while using 15 players and that’s not ideal,” Auriemma said, via SNY.com's Carl Adamec. “We haven’t been able to put enough time into one unit and get some kind of rotation down, and that’s all right. We’ve been trying to give everybody a fair chance to make the team and show what they can do. But we are down to 12 for the exhibition game in Prague, and that will tell us a lot more about what this team is. Then obviously we’ll have a couple of practices when we get to Istanbul that will be big as well. Slowly but surely we’re getting to where the team is, but it’s not been easy.”
Team USA led by as many as 18 against France.
“We talked to the players about how difficult all this is going to be,” Auriemma said. “Sometimes maybe we think this is going to be easy, but it’s not going to be easy. It’s not easy to beat a really good team on their home floor if you don’t shoot the ball well, if you don’t make shots. The way we started in the first quarter, I thought we started the right way. Our defense was really good. Our offense was going. And then when we got into a little bit of a lull. They deserved to win tonight. No question about that.”
Meanwhile, UConn junior Breanna Stewart continues vie for a roster spot.