Stefanie Dolson defends UConn amid criticism

Minisink Valley alum and former Connecticut star Stefanie Dolson can’t always follow college basketball while playing professionally in Turkey. But recent discussion of whether UConn is bad for women’s basketball immediately appalled her.

Debate on the issue snowballed after The Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy’s tweet Saturday: “UConn Women beat Miss St. 98-38 in NCAA tourney. Hate to punish them for being great, but they are killing women’s game. Watch? No thanks.”

Dolson played a key role in UConn’s astronomic success, winning national championships with the program in 2013 and 2014. She completely disagrees that the Huskies’ success negatively impacts the sport.

“They set a standard for other players and teams to strive for,” Dolson said via email. “They shouldn’t be knocked down for working as hard as they do just because one man and maybe some other fans can’t recognize how amazing their style of basketball is.”

UConn coach Geno Auriemma, who holds 10 national titles with the Huskies, argued Sunday that dominance hasn’t negatively affected other sports.

“When Tiger [Woods] was winning every major, nobody said he was bad for golf,” Auriemma told reporters. “Actually, he did a lot for golf. He made everybody have to be a better golfer.”

Dolson says women’s basketball might face other obstacles when it comes to some fans embracing such supremacy.

“I  think some people just don’t enjoy watching,” Dolson said. “As women, we don’t have the excitement of an alley-oop dunk or 3-pointers from a step inside the half-court line. We’re more about teamwork, precision, ball movement and details, which isn’t for everyone. But the people that do enjoy (women’s basketball) appreciate every aspect.”

Stay tuned for an article later this week delving more into Dolson’s thoughts and opinions on the matter from throughout the Hudson Valley.

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