But Auriemma did not get far because right behind him, clickety-clacking along on her high heels, was Chris Dailey, his trusted associate coach and part-time body guard.
Dailey caught up with Auriemma and turned him around.
But instead of calming down, he charged after another official who accommodated his desire to be called for a technical.
"I'm 59 years old and there I was acting like I was 12," Auriemma said. "It wasn't very smart of me. I'm just as stupid as I was when I was 29."
The Huskies were leading 14-13 in the first half before they suddenly pulled out of traffic with a flurry of points that left them ahead, 33-20.
For all the cries for whistles, there were few in the game. Free throws were at a premium, the teams combined for just 16 shots, and so the game was won the way it was designed — with effort and execution.
With both Stefanie Dolson (stress fracture) and Mosqueda-Lewis hobbling at times after taking a nasty fall, UConn still managed to outrun the undermanned Terps, whittled down to seven players by injuries.
That last UConn-Maryland game was Maryland's first game after losing point guard Laurin Mincy to a knee injury, and the Terps' backcourt was a mess. They turned the ball over 26 times to completely offset the control they were having on the boards.
More to the point, Thomas was hounded defensively, primarily by Faris, and held to six points and just 2 of 12 from the field.
This time, the Terps had just 16 turnovers. But Thomas, shooting 4 of 16, scored five of her points from the free-throw line.
"It went the same way," Thomas said. "They were very physical. Every shot was contested."