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Nel­son-Ododa still has room for im­prove­ment: She’s still not strong enough and doesn’t con­sis­tently fin­ish around the rim. Both of th­ese are things she’s work­ing on, she said, and she’s been hit­ting the weight room a lot.

“A lit­tle bit at a time she’s get­ting bet­ter every day,” Auriemma said. “You know, it’s weird, some kids have re­ally bad game habits be­cause they can’t trans­fer what hap­pens in prac­tice over to the game. … She’s just the op­po­site. She gets in the game and does four or five things and I’ll go ‘Man, I didn’t know she could do that. That’s not the same kid I see in prac­tice.’ So she likes play­ing games. She likes the com­pe­ti­tion, and she’s got­ten bet­ter every time we’ve put her out there.”

Go­ing into Satur­day’s game (1 p.m., XL Cen­ter), the Huskies will also be with­out Ba­touly Ca­mara. Auriemma said there’s no timetable for her re­cov­ery from a sprained MCL sus­tained in prac­tice, but that she’s be­gun do­ing more each day.

Be­tween in­juries and trans­fers (Lexi Gor­don), UConn’s bench will be smaller than usual. Their bench hasn’t hurt them yet this sea­son, but it’s a con­cern that lingers and forces the starters to put much of the game on their own shoul­ders.

Fresh­man Christyn Wil­liams has been shoul­der­ing her fair share lately, putting up 28 points against Notre Dame and 17 against St. Louis.

“I’ve been work­ing on be­ing more con­sis­tent and those past two games have re­ally made a dif­fer­ence so hope­fully I can keep it go­ing,” Wil­liams said.

Against Se­ton Hall — a fast-paced of­fen­sive team that re­lies heav­ily on 3point­ers — Wil­liams said she’s ex­cited for a team that will test her de­fen­sively, which is an area she’s been work­ing on im­prov­ing.

UConn’s game against the Pi­rates will be their last home game un­til Jan. 9 against Cincin­nati.

Although Auriemma didn’t have much to say about the game, he had noth­ing but praise for Se­ton Hall coach An­thony Bozzella.

“He does a heck of a job,” Auriemma said. “The cir­cum­stances that he walked into were not ideal to say the least, and he’s done a great job re­cruit­ing. He’s coached those kids re­ally, re­ally well. … and it’s not easy to make the NCAA Tour­na­ment at Se­ton Hall and he’s done that...”

BRAD HORRIGAN/HARTFORD COURANT

UConn guard/for­ward Me­gan Walker (3) will likely miss the Huskies’ game against Se­ton Hall on Satur­day, coach Geno Auriemma said.

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