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 Large East recreation. (AP Photograph/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, 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 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 mentioned with a smile.

“Aaliyah discovered so much and acquired kicked out of it and I feel she’s trying ahead to it taking place once more. I acquired to see the hilarious Tina and get to see Tina, the starter on the Olympic staff.”

Edwards responded with 17 factors and 11 rebounds in Yukon’s 65-50 win over Georgetown on Sunday on the XL Heart. The fifth-ranked Huskies (15-2, 8-0 Large East) will likely 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 capturing 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 knowledgeable,” Edwards mentioned of Charles. “It was nice matching her up for me individually after which for us as a staff.

“She’s very loud and likewise made her low profile presence identified. It helped me work my protection in opposition to a much 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 really bore a powerful resemblance to that of Charles.

Charles took a again seat at UConn to All-Individuals 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 for the reason that 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 primary staff All-American and Renee is a primary staff All-American and also you’re sitting there, clapping among the many public.”

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

“Effectively, the subsequent yr that modified and he or she determined she wished to be a ten after which it was a ten each day for the subsequent 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 each day. You must be like a professional each day now the remainder of this yr and all subsequent yr when you’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 general in double figures.

Regardless of this, Okon, who has been stricken 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 undoubtedly pleased to have one other recreation as quickly as attainable,” UConn middle guard Nika Muhl mentioned Sunday. “Effectively, personally, I’m livid with the way in which immediately’s match went regardless of our victory. We’re actually pleased to have one other match as quickly as attainable simply so we are able to make things better as quickly as attainable.”

v.fulkerson@theday.com

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