Dawn Staley is not here to criticize Geno Auriemma.
The South Carolina coach hit back at longtime coach OConn on Tuesday, just days later Auriemma criticized the Gamecocks after their win over the Huskies.
Auriemma called them out after the game for apparently leaving bruises on the body of Huskies star Lou Lopez-Senechal.
“I haven’t said anything for a long, long, long time,” Orima He said. “And I just felt — do you want me to come over to Lou and see the bruises? It’s just awful what teams are doing with them now. It’s not basketball anymore. It’s not basketball anymore. So that was the problem.”
She then addressed Staley Oreima on her Tuesday night radio show.
She said of her team: “They play the right way, and they handle it the right way whether they win or lose,” Via Associated Press. “We don’t condemn anyone’s play. They always raise the bar for the game of women’s basketball, and when we’ve been getting in over our heads by UConn all those years, I say nothing.”
No. 1 South Carolina beat No. 4 UConn 81-77 Sunday at the XL Center, marking the Gamecocks’ fourth victory over UConn in their last five meetings.
Auriemma got heated throughout the game and even threw a water bottle at me Court at some point – causing him a technical foul.
Auriemma also said after the match that it wasn’t “one major play” that he was referring to with Lopez-Senechal, but rather that “there was a lot going on that got overlooked.”
Staley, though, doesn’t have it.
“We’ve been called a lot of things and I’m sick of it,” Staley said on Tuesday. Via Associated Press. “I’m sick of it because I’m training some of the best humans in the game ever.”
South Carolina has yet to lose this season, and will face Auburn next Thursday night. UConn will travel to Marquette on Wednesday.