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Video: DePaul Game Helped UConn Women Prepare For Notre Dame and Beyond

DePaul head coach Doug Bruno employed a unique game plan that made the UConn women face the unseen and unexpected.

Geno Auriemma hadn't seen anything like the way DePaul played before. David Banks-USA Today Sports
Geno Auriemma hadn't seen anything like the way DePaul played before. David Banks-USA Today Sports
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

UConn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma and DePaul head coach Doug Bruno have been friends for a long time. But in the time the duo has been friends, Auriemma had never seen anything like the game plan Bruno employed Wednesday night.

During the 86-70 win for UConn, Bruno had his team triple-team the ball-handler often, and he utilized a hockey-type substitution pattern, where he changed all five players on the court. It looked to rattle the Huskies a bit, but they kept their composure and figured things out.

Playing such a close game will only help the Huskies in the end. It also helps them prepare for the unknown. With Notre Dame coming to Gampel Pavilion Saturday, it gets the Huskies ready for what should be another close game and how Notre Dame will play without Brianna Turner, who is out with an injured shoulder.

After practice Friday afternoon, Auriemma, along with senior All-Americans Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson, talked about DePaul's unique game plan and how it helps UConn down the line.