Nothing much ever changes with the UConn women. The same aspirations and expectations shadow the seven-time national champions every season.
Only the names change. And here’s three you will be hearing a lot about as the 2012-13 approaches – freshmen Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson.
The trio of WBCA All-Americans and USA Basketball veterans have already impressed Geno Auriemma and his staff with their work ethic, some of which involves getting up early in the morning to work out before class begins.
“Not every preseason is the same,” Auriemma said. “Some are great some are not good at all. Last season when I returned from Italy, the staff told me that it wasn’t a great preseason. But this year, from Day 1, its been great. And it’s made all the coaches, and the players, feel very positive about what it coming.”
Auriemma believes the reason for that is the camaraderie the team feels, the sense that everyone is pulling in the same direction. That apparently was not the case last season, despite the Final Four appearance.
“The reason is they feel connected, like there is a shared sacrifice,” Aureimma said. “They’ve been talking about it. They’ve expressed that a lot to me.”