UConn women’s basketball, Geno Auriemma come to grips with consecutive NCAA setbacks

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geno Auriemma doesn’t really need another life lesson about losing.

He doesn’t do it a lot. Just twice in the past 148 games. 

But now, his team has done it in two straight years in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament — a place that many teams would be happy to get to. But this is UConn and Auriemma hasn’t gone consecutive years without a title since 2012.

“Sometimes you have to be exposed to this and fail when it’s all on you,” he said after UConn’s 91-89 loss in overtime on Friday. “It’s a great learning tool. But I’m a pretty smart guy. I don’t need to learn this (expletive) two years in a row.”

The loss does give him one hollow win: He was right about what he’s been saying all week about it getting harder and harder to win a title as the competition gets better and the struggle to stay on top gets harder. UConn junior Katie Lou Samuelson, who had 16 points in the loss,

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaw/2018/03/30/uconn-womens-basketball-geno-auriemma-come-grips-ncaa-setbacks/475422002/

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