Bria Hartley: What She Has Seen In Workouts

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Spent an enjoyable 20 minutes with UConn junior Bria Hartley this afternoon at Gampel Pavilion chatting about a lot of different things:

Here are some highlights.

On team chemistry:

“This team is really working hard together, which is not to say the others I’ve played on didn’t. It just feels different than last year. There is a good group of players, a very good energy on the floor. Stefanie [Dolson] and I, being juniors now, have a greater understanding of what we need to do.

“Kelly Faris is a great leader who works very hard and we all follow that example. Then you have the juniors following here, the sophomores following the juniors and so forth. It creates a nice chain reaction.”

On the health of sophomore Kiah Stokes, who had off-season foot surgery:

“Kiah Stokes looks really good. Her foot was bothering her somewhat after her first day of pickup, but she came back really strong and is playing well, doing a lot of the good stuff we saw her do at the end of last season.”

On the development of soph0more guard Brianna Banks:

“She looks very good; she’s that way when she plays aggressively. She knows she can’t be tentative on the floor. She’s went through some tough workouts this summer and that has helped her.”

On the transfer of Samarie Walker, Michala Johnson and Lauren Engeln, who came to UConn with her and Stefanie Dolson in 2010.

“Sometimes Stef and I may look at each other and say, ‘Wow, there are only two of us left from our class. We became very close as teammates and friends and they will always be my friends. But they had to do what’s best for them and follow what opportunities they had. It’s weird in a way, but it’s also life. People come and go out of it all the time.”

On the team:

“We have a very talented group, 11 players who can all play a lot of minutes for us if needed. Having that will give coach the chance to go with many different lineups; some big, some small, whatever the opponent seems to require. We are going to be very versatile. I’m very excited about this group of girls. I think we are going to be very talented and we all ready to get going.”

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5 thoughts on “Bria Hartley: What She Has Seen In Workouts

  1. Sydney White

    I can’t wait for the season to begin…bring it on! I think we will have a very positive team and I will support them 100%. I’m anxious to see if Megan Culmo will join the SNY broadcast team. I am happy to see Kara Walters there. GO UCONN!

  2. Genosguy

    Really, really good blog on OUR girls. A bit about everyone . I am pleased that Banks is getting the hang of UConn, we need her. As do we need Jefferson (is she really 5 feet 7 or 5 foot 2??). Stokes was becoming a real force under the basket at years end last. Steff progressed in the past 2 years much more than Tina did in the same time frame–let us all remember that. No she isn’t Tina, or Kara or Rebecca but she is a darn good Steff. Boo Hoo Johnson, Engeln and Walker are gone–the queens are dead, long live the queen. As Bria said–that’s life some come, some go–and we move on!!!

  3. freddykool

    FREDDYKOOL: ALL OF UCONN NATION CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEW SEASON. GO HUSKIES!!!!

  4. Mike McManus

    Thank God for small favors…finally some news on the UCONN women for those of us who are starving for some B-ball. John, why the dearth of information, is it because you are restricted in contacting team members? It would be nice to hear how the freshmen are adjusting to college life and their informal practices. Someone blogged in the recent past that KML appears to have added several lbs; for her sake and for her conditioning, I hope that it was idle gossip.

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