Geno Auriemma Says Team Senses “Shared Sacrifice”

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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.”


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6 thoughts on “Geno Auriemma Says Team Senses “Shared Sacrifice”

  1. TexasBogger

    Interesting. Was Tiffany Hayes part of last year’s issue, she being the only departed player?

    1. dolux1

      yup-but she was no leader & was always hot & cold-not dependable. let’s see what Kelly & Caroline bring this year (along w/Steph)

  2. Sal and Irene

    Tiffany was not always comfortable with being the GO-TO player. We have watched her play with the Atlanta Dream.
    She did great with the pressure off her.


    I love the ladies of UCONN but i all year long got bad vibes on tiff 3 hayes, she might have been a team cancer?

    1. dude in New Britain

      Team cancer? Team cancer?? Are you serious? Man, some people will say anything on the Internet.

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