If you’ve been paying attention to this fuss about the internet and Twitter and Facebook, you know its possible to be halfway across the world and still keep up to date on what’s going on in remote little corners of the universe – like Storrs.
That’s why Tina Charles, who played this winter in Poland, after playing the last two years in Russia and Turkey, had no trouble keeping step with her alma mater during its run to an eighth national championship.
“For sure, I followed them,” Charles said. “I was staying up late watching their games on whatever live streaming site I could find. I was so excited for them. The championship was so well-deserved.”
Charles says she was particularly proud of freshman Breanna Stewart, the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four
“I’ve been in that position [at UConn],” Charles said. “You have a hard season, then all of a sudden everything that Coach Auriemma has been preaching to you prepares you for the postseason. If you are fortunate, you always have one person that seems to turn it up at that time. And for UConn, it was Breanna Stewart. Bria Hartley was also like that for the team.”
Charles added how happy she was for Stefanie Dolson, who inherited her No. 31 after she left for the WNBA. Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were WBCA first-team All-Americans.
“Stef’s always kind of been there, doing what’s been asked of her,” Charles said. “But she knew her role could be greater because Coach Auriemma was going to give her that opportunity. To see playing through her injuries in the Tournament, basically wincing every day time she took a step up the floor, was awesome.”