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

6-foot-3 UConn ahead Aaliyah Edwards has change into a twin machine for the No. 5 Huskies ahead, who visits Seton Corridor on Tuesday for a Huge East recreation. (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 at the moment enjoying for the Seattle Storm.

Charles, who’s a 6-foot-5 quarterback, ended up enjoying UConn’s 6-3 small ahead, Aaliyah Edwards, in a singles recreation. Charles, trailing 2-1, received three straight factors, scoring to take a 3-2 lead on a candy spin, transferring the ball from her proper hand to her left and kissing via the glass from her left and shutting it down. Easy bounce shot.

“They began enjoying and it was all humorous and humorous till Aaliyah went 2-1 and later turned a Corridor of Famer and WNBA MVP in opposition to a school child,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma stated with a smile.

“Aaliyah realized so much and received kicked out of it and I believe she’s trying ahead to it taking place once more. I received 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 Huge East) can 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 recreation 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 recreation since Maya Moore.

Towards 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 enjoying in opposition to an expert,” Edwards stated 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 stated that Edwards’ profession path really bore a powerful 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 total decide 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 stated. “Tina was in all probability 5 or 6, possibly 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 instructed the coach that she can be honored subsequent yr.

“Effectively, the subsequent yr that modified and he or she determined she needed to be a ten after which it was a ten day-after-day for the subsequent two years,” stated Orima.

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

UConn defeated Seton Corridor 98-73 on December 21, incomes Edwards’ 23 factors and 6 gamers total 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 together with her beforehand injured proper knee and missed the second half.

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

“I really feel like we’re positively joyful to have one other recreation as quickly as attainable,” UConn heart guard Nika Muhl stated Sunday. “Effectively, personally, I’m livid with the way in which at the moment’s match went regardless of our victory. We’re definitely joyful to have one other match as quickly as attainable simply so we will sort things as quickly as attainable.”

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