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Lineups, lineups everywhere

 There was a little bit of an unusual lineup on the floor when the media was allowed into Gampel Pavilion for the last half-hour of the UConn women’s practice this afternoon.

All-American Maya Moore and junior Tiffany Hayes, the two returning starters from the Huskies’ two straight national championship teams, were on the floor with sophomore Kelly Faris and freshmen Bria Hartley at guard and Samarie Walker at forward.

Lorin Dixon, the senior who started UConn’s first exhibition game at point guard, was on the sideline, apparently the target of a point being made by coach Geno Auriemma that one needs to box out. She was joined on the sideline by both the Huskies’ candidates at center, freshman Stefanie Dolson, who started the exhibition game against Franklin Pierce, and redshirt sophomore Heather Buck.

Geno said afterward not to read too much into any of his lineups this season, with five freshmen and only 10 healthy players. The Huskies play their final exhibition game tonight in Hartford against Indiana University of Pennsylvania and open the season Sunday against Holy Cross at Gampel Pavilion.

“Any combination and all combinations are a possibility at this point,” said the Hall of Fame coach. “I don’t like it sometimes, but you gotta go with it a little bit. That might have to happen (in a game).”

Geno said the freshmen are still getting up to speed.

“She threw this bizarre pass that hit one of our managers in the back of the head,” Geno said of Hartley, the promising freshman point guard.

He also said he’s looking for a certain intensity level from his post players that’s “been kind of spotty” so far.

Dolson had five points, eight rebounds and four turnovers in 19 minutes against Franklin Pierce. Buck had four points, eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and no turnovers in 13 minutes, while Walker had 10 points and nine rebounds in 17 minutes.

“If you were walking down the street and somebody wanted to beat you up, I don’t know as our post players would be the first people you would call to help,” Geno said, referring to the general niceness of the group. “I don’t know if they’d be on my speed dial.”

It will be interesting to see how the lineup develops.

There was a little bit of an unusual lineup on the floor when the media was allowed into Gampel Pavilion for the last half-hour of the UConn women’s practice this afternoon.

All-American Maya Moore and junior Tiffany Hayes, the two returning starters from the Huskies’ two straight national championship teams, were on the floor with sophomore Kelly Faris and freshmen Bria Hartley at guard and Samarie Walker at forward.

Lorin Dixon, the senior who started UConn’s first exhibition game at point guard, was on the sideline, apparently the target of a point being made by coach Geno Auriemma that one needs to box out. She was joined on the sideline by both the Huskies’ candidates at center, freshman Stefanie Dolson, who started the exhibition game against Franklin Pierce, and redshirt sophomore Heather Buck.

Geno said afterward not to read too much into any of his lineups this season, with five freshmen and only 10 healthy players. The Huskies play their final exhibition game tonight in Hartford against Indiana University of Pennsylvania and open the season Sunday against Holy Cross at Gampel Pavilion.

“Any combination and all combinations are a possibility at this point,” said the Hall of Fame coach. “I don’t like it sometimes, but you gotta go with it a little bit. That might have to happen (in a game).”

Geno said the freshmen are still getting up to speed.

“She threw this bizarre pass that hit one of our managers in the back of the head,” Geno said of Hartley, the promising freshman point guard.

He also said he’s looking for a certain intensity level from his post players that’s “been kind of spotty” so far.

Dolson had five points, eight rebounds and four turnovers in 19 minutes against Franklin Pierce. Buck had four points, eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and no turnovers in 13 minutes, while Walker had 10 points and nine rebounds in 17 minutes.

“If you were walking down the street and somebody wanted to beat you up, I don’t know as our post players would be the first people you would call to help,” Geno said, referring to the general niceness of the group. “I don’t know if they’d be on my speed dial.”

It will be interesting to see how the lineup develops.

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