UConn’s Edwards takes her cues from former Huskies great Tina Charles

6-foot-3 UConn ahead Aaliyah Edwards has grow to be a twin machine for the No. 5 Huskies ahead, who visits Seton Corridor on Tuesday for a Massive East sport. (AP Picture/Jeff Dean)

Former UConn All-American and Olympian gold medalist Tina Charles headed to the Storrs over the weekend as she prepares for her thirteenth season within the WNBA and is presently taking part in for the Seattle Storm.

Charles, who’s a 6-foot-5 quarterback, ended up taking part in UConn’s 6-3 small ahead, Aaliyah Edwards, in a singles sport. Charles, trailing 2-1, gained three straight factors, scoring to take a 3-2 lead on a candy spin, shifting the ball from her proper hand to her left and kissing by means of the glass from her left and shutting it down. Easy bounce shot.

“They began taking part in and it was all humorous and humorous till Aaliyah went 2-1 and later grew to become a Corridor of Famer and WNBA MVP in opposition to a university child,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma mentioned with a smile.

“Aaliyah realized rather a lot and bought kicked out of it and I feel she’s trying ahead to it occurring once more. I bought to see the hilarious Tina and get to see Tina, the starter on the Olympic workforce.”

Edwards responded with 17 factors and 11 rebounds in Yukon’s 65-50 win over Georgetown on Sunday on the XL Middle. The fifth-ranked Huskies (15-2, 8-0 Massive East) shall be subsequent up at Seton Corridor (13-5, 6-2) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (SNY).

Edwards soared her confidence, averaging 16.5 factors and 9.4 rebounds per sport and taking pictures 62.8%. On December 28 in opposition to Creighton, Edwards grabbed 20 rebounds, making her the primary UConn participant with 20 rebounds in a sport since Maya Moore.

In opposition to Georgetown, Edwards recorded her seventh double-double of the season after failing to succeed in the milestone even as soon as final yr.

“It was nice taking part in in opposition to knowledgeable,” Edwards mentioned of Charles. “It was nice matching her up for me individually after which for us as a workforce.

“She’s very loud and likewise made her low profile presence recognized. It helped me work my protection in opposition to an even bigger and longer encounter after which additionally offensively, making an attempt to get buckets on her, which I did.”

Oraima mentioned that Edwards’ profession path truly bore a robust resemblance to that of Charles.

Charles took a again seat at UConn to All-People Moore and Renee Mongtomery. As a junior and senior, she then helped lead the Huskies to 39-0 seasons that culminated within the nationwide championships. Charles was UConn’s all-time main rebounder (1,367), the primary general choose within the 2010 WNBA Draft, chosen by the Connecticut Solar.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, Maya Moore has been 10 because the day she walked on campus, proper?” Auriemma mentioned. “Tina was most likely 5 or 6, perhaps seven on some good days the primary couple of years. And being me, I saved asking her why Maya is a first-team All-American and Renee is a first-team All-American and also you’re sitting there, clapping among the many public.”

Charles informed the coach that she could be honored subsequent yr.

“Effectively, the following yr that modified and she or he determined she wished to be a ten after which it was a ten daily for the following two years,” mentioned Orima.

So that you clarify that to Aaliyah and say, ‘Your first two years had been just about (like these of Charles). The problem now could be you must be like a ten daily. It’s important to be like a professional daily now the remainder of this yr and all subsequent yr for those who’re You wish to get to what it’s.”

UConn defeated Seton Corridor 98-73 on December 21, incomes Edwards’ 23 factors and 6 gamers general in double figures.

Regardless of this, Okon, who has been affected by accidents, was dealt one other blow on Sunday when main scorer Zazi Vad collided along with her beforehand injured proper knee and missed the second half.

The Huskies led Georgetown 24-23 at halftime and dedicated 23 turnovers general.

“I really feel like we’re positively completely satisfied to have one other sport as quickly as doable,” UConn middle guard Nika Muhl mentioned Sunday. “Effectively, personally, I’m livid with the best way right this moment’s match went regardless of our victory. We’re definitely completely satisfied to have one other match as quickly as doable simply so we will make things better as quickly as doable.”

v.fulkerson@theday.com

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