Geno Auriemma is not happy.
The UConn women’s coach sounded off on officiating in the Huskies’ matchup against Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday. The Huskies went into halftime with a 40-36 lead, but Auriemma did not hold back when ESPN’s Holly Rowe asked him about the Lady Vols getting to the free throw line.
“How do I address it? How do I address it? You don’t address it,” Auriemma said. “This is what you get when you come down here. The game was called one way, then it changed. Nothing else changed. We didn’t change. Nothing else changed.”
UConn outscored Tennessee 33-17 in the first quarter, but the Lady Vols went on a 19-7 run in the second quarter, spurred by eight personal fouls called on the Huskies in that quarter alone. Tennessee was called for four fouls in the second quarter.
UConn was 10-12 at the free throw line in the game, while Tennessee was 10-16.
Temperatures may be running high due to the rivalry between the two programs. Tennessee has not defeated UConn since 2007 under legendary coach Pat Summit. The Huskies have won the last three meetings since the series restarted in 2020.
Despite Auriemma’s rant, UConn cruised to an 84-67 victory.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: UConn’s Geno Auriemma rips officiating against Tennessee