One of the perks of playing for the UConn women’s basketball team is the fact that there are so many great alumnae. But what makes it even more special is the fact that they come back to Storrs, CT to practice with the team or just hang around.
Sue Bird, Kalana Greene and Kelly Faris to name just a few have come back to practice. The likes of Rebecca Lobo, Kara Wolters, Meghan Pattyson, Swin Cash, etc, etc are around the program at different times. Some are around all the time, some at different points of the season.
All of those names are iconic in UConn women’s basketball lore. They were all a part of something special at UConn. They are sisters, a family. That’s what UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and his consigliere Chris Dailey have established at UConn.
When you listen to them talk when they are together, it’s like none of them have left. I was able to listen to Swin Cash tell a story about Auriemma and CD while in Albany. And the way they all interacted, it was like they were never apart at all.
It’s not the nine National Championships that makes UConn women’s basketball special. Of course they help.
It’s the culture that’s built there. There’s nothing else like it.
Watch and/or listen below as members of the current UConn women’s basketball players talk about what it is like when the former players come back to practice:
Ho hum, just another meaningful game where the UConn women’s basketball team and Notre Dame Fighting Irish are playing.
That’s what the casual fan is thinking. Sure it would have been nice if Maryland maybe played South Carolina for the title on Tuesday night or even South Carolina getting another chance at the UConn women’s basketball team.
The serious fan though knows that this game between UConn women’s basketball and Notre Dame is very good for the game. All eyes will be on this matchup. The casual fan will still tune in.
This is what is good for women’s basketball. Two great teams playing each other.
May the best team win (UConn).
Watch and/or listen below as members of the UConn women’s basketball team talked after Sunday night’s game against Maryland about facing Notre Dame for the title on Tuesday night.
Let’s take a look at the UConn women’s basketball junior class.
You have Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck (redshirt sophomore). In that have you have a consensus first-team All-American, a first time All-American and winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as a point guard and you have someone who missed last season with a knee injury who should have been an All-American this season.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget that the junior class is a perfect two-for-two when it comes to winning National Championships. Now on Tuesday night, they’ll look to make it three in a row.
Watch and/or listen below as UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma talked after Monday night’s win over Maryland about how dynamic his junior class is:
UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has been in Muffet McGraw’s shoes before. No, he hasn’t literally been in her shoes. It’s more of a metaphorical thing.
When the UConn women’s basketball program started to get really good, all eyes were on Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Volunteers. But as time went on, more attention was paid to the UConn women’s basketball team.
And it’s only grown from there.
So you can understand if there was a rift between the two head coaches before. It wasn’t personal. It was just basketball.
Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball coach talked after the win over Maryland about being in the shoes of Notre Dame in the past:
UConn’s Breanna Stewart has won National Player of the Year honors two years in a row from some outlets. There’s no doubt she’s a special player. And being as good as she is, it brings attention to her from defenses.
When she was younger, Stewart would be fouled hard and not be the same player. But as she has matured as a basketball player, it seems now doing that just fuels her.
Watch and/or listen below as UConn head coach Geno Auriemma talks about Breanna Stewart’s growth as a basketball player after his team beat Maryland on Sunday night.
Don’t be surprised if the UConn women’s basketball team gets off to a slow start on Tuesday night against Notre Dame like they did against Maryland on Sunday. After all, it is only the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game.
UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma attributed the slow start against the Terrapins to nerves. And he was okay with it because he wanted them to be nervous. UConn women’s basketball fans didn’t have to worry though as the team took over control of the game in the first half.
Watch and/or listen below as the UConn women’s basketball head coach talked about his teams slow start after Sunday’s game.
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