Letter to the Editor: Let some of the UConn reserves play


I am an alumnus of  the University of Connecticut.  As such, I refer to our women’s basketball team as “my girls.”  I am very proud of what they have accomplished (“UConn women continue to cruise’ March 28).  I am even more proud that the women’s team has a 100 percent graduation rate.

Coach Geno Auriemma makes no apologizes for beating Mississippi State by 60 points in a regional semifinal game.  The logic from the winning bench was that instead of UConn letting up, Mississippi State should strive to get better.  So saith the winners.  It would be very good for women’s college basketball if teams became good enough to challenge UConn.

But, what about the view from the losing sideline?  Those girls had practiced hard and endured a long season.  They made the sacrifices necessary to play a major sport while competing in the classroom.  Did they somehow deserve to be beaten by 60 points?

Good teams have good players. Who would not want to play at UConn in front of packed houses of adoring fans? Once you have played at UConn, the WNBA is no big deal.  I bet some of those reserves for UConn are pretty good.  Next time Auriemma should let some of those girls play and beat the other team by 30 points.

 Tom Howarth, Front Royal