February 7, 2023 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: What Aaliyah Edwards/UConn and Aliyah Boston/South Carolina told us

Howard was live Sunday at UConn's 81-77 loss to South Carolina and got the opportunity to ask Aaliyah Edwards and Aliyah Boston about Sunday's performance

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Howard Megdal and was live Sunday at UConn’s 81-77 loss to South Carolina. Geno Auriemma discussed Aaliyah Edwards‘ efficiency, as did Edwards herself. Dawn Staley discussed Raven Johnson’s breakout while she and Aliyah Boston talked about her evolving perimeter game.

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Howard asked Aaliyah Edwards about where her finishing game is at the rim especially going against South Carolina’s frontline:

“Yeah, so the game taught by matchup, I knew I had to step up. So just taking what the defense gave me, both of my teammates did well, finding me and getting me open. So we just really played to our strengths collectively. And I think that we really toughed it out; it gave us a chance to win the game. Unfortunately, we came up short. But you know, as you said, it’s just preparation.”

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Howard asked coach Geno Auriemma about Aaliyah Edwards’ performance in Sunday’s game:

“Well, you know, the interesting thing is she only played 28 minutes because she was in foul trouble. That’s the part two things have to happen. One being aware of how she can’t afford to get in foul trouble. And yet, at the same time, you got to play really, really, really hard and really physical and use your body because that’s what she has.

So that’s kind of revolving and then there’s got to be, we have to find a way to be better in the lane defensively. Our initial defense and our rebounding. And I thought we struggle with that today. So for Aaliyah to score what she scored on a number of shots, sitting out with foul problems. The physicalness of their big guys. She showed a lot of different ways to score.”

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