Associate head coach Chris Dailey recently received notification that she was one of 10 finalists for induction to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (by phone and email) and was sworn to secrecy before the announcement Thursday.
“It’s just a great honor to have your name in the conversation with the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” she said Saturday. “It’s not something expected, but I have a lot of respect for everyone that’s ever been recognized and the other people up for induction. I never thought about it. It says more about, I think, our program and the people I work with and the players I’ve coached than it does about me, personally.”
For UConn (15-0, 5-0 AAC, with a 51.2-point average margin of victory in conference play) it’s probably a good time to step out of conference.
“I thought Kyla had a great day,” Auriemma said. “She plays with a lot of energy and effort. The kid gives you a great effort every time. She’s somebody I enjoy watching play. … And the 4-5 minutes that Lexi got, she did a pretty good job. It’s day to day [with reserves’ productivity], and it doesn’t even matter to me if you don’t get all of them all the time. As long as we get a couple of them all the time. We’ll see about Monday. One step at a time.” … UConn has won 44 road games in a row, an NCAA record. … The Huskies are 6-0 against Houston. … Houston is playing home games this season at H&PE Arena, on the campus of Texas Southern, as its own facility is under renovation. Announced attendance was 2,150, which, according to Houston Chronicle report Joseph Duarte, is the largest crowd for a Houston women’s game since 3,283 for a game against TCU in 2004.
Dailey has been by Geno Auriemma’s side for 33 seasons, 1,006 victories and 11 national championships.