– Whatever plans Geno Auriemma had to see DePaul coach Doug Bruno before Sunday's game was one the casualties of the historic snowstorm that fell this weekend.
The Blue Demons' plans to arrive Saturday were scuttled by the storm. Their charter from Chicago didn't land at Bradley International Airport until early Sunday afternoon and their bus to Gampel didn't leave until after 1 p.m because the bus scheduled to pick them up was 30 minutes late.
Then again, Auriemma and Bruno spent a lot of time in each other's company during the last four years coaching together on Auriemma's USA Basketball staff during the 2010 World Championship and the Summer Olympic games in London.
Auriemma thinks the world of Bruno, both as a coach and a friend.
"It was as simple as can be for me [to work for Auriemma]," Bruno said Sunday. "You do your best to fit into the role as best as you can. … I just didn't want to do anything to upstage him. I wanted to be quiet, let coach just coach."
Auriemma said there really could have been no other choice but Bruno for USA Basketball.
"We didn't hire him out of the blue," Auriemma said. "We've had a long, great relationship the preceded that. It was important to have him with me because you are not sure how a longtime head coach will respond to being an assistant. Some head coaches were never assistants and don't know how to be one.
"I knew Doug could fill any of the roles I need him to take. From the professional standpoint, it was very enjoyable for me. Doug has a great offensive mind. He's incredibly positive. He understands how to get the most out of people. We are similar in many ways.
"And off the court, it was everything I imagined it would be. We enjoy each other's company, as do our families. We spent a lot of time together, before, during and after, and there is a large range of things we both enjoy that go beyond basketball. It was easy and really important to have someone like him with me."
Auriemma was an assistant on Nell Fortner's 2000 Olympic staff, but if for some some reason he was asked again to serve in that capacity he said he likely wouldn't.
"Could I do it? Sure," Auriemma said. "Would I do it? No. Do I have the ability to do it? Sure. But would I do it again? No."
A Record That May Stand
Auriemma has now won 826 games, sixth on the all-time list of women's basketball coaches. Pat Summitt leads with 1,098 followed by Jody Conradt (900), Sylvia Hatchell (899), C. Vivian Stringer (898) and Tara VanDerveer (881).
Auriemma was asked last week if he thought it was a possible for a young coach to even consider approaching 900 wins.
"I started coaching later than Tara VanDerveer, Jim Foster, Andy Landers and C. Viv [Stringer] and a little earlier than Muffet [McGraw]," Auriemma said. "But as you get past people like Muffet  it's hard in this day and age to sustain at that level because you are going to have to coach for 30 years.
"Think about it: If you are just starting to coach, you have to average 30 wins for 30 years to get to that level . Try to tell a 30-year-old coach just getting a job today that this is what it is going to take. That is asking an awful lot. When you put it in that perspective, what these coaches have done is remarkable."
Martin Out Again
DePaul senior guard Anna Martin, the Big East's leading scorer last year, missed her sixth straight game since injuring her left knee … Kelly Faris and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis continued to move closer to scoring their 1,000th career points. Mosqueda-Lewis entered Sunday's game second in the nation to Penn State's Maggie Lucas in three-point shooting. Lucas was 62 of 122 (50.8). Mosqueda-Lewis is now 62 of 125. … Bruno on Faris, who had six points and six rebounds Sunday. "I am the biggest Kelly Faris fan in the country. She would be the national player of the year for the last four years if there wasn't a player in national named Griner [Baylor center Brittney Griner]. She is the best perimeter player in the country."