Throughout her high school and college career, Kelly Faris was never compelled to think much about what losing felt like. That’s because the teams she played for hardly ever lost, especially once she arrived at UConn.
During her four seasons with the Huskies, the program played in four Final Fours, won two national championships and lost just 11 games. Not a lot of frowns there.
But last season was quite different for her, as it is for most UConn players transitioning for the first time into professional life. The game is quicker, the competition stiffer, the challenge to win greater.
And Faris’ rookie season with the Connecticut Sun in 2013, and her first pro season overseas in Hungary, proved to be quite different experiences for her.
“It was all right,” Faris said. “It was a good learning experience.”
Now Faris is back for a second season during which the goals will be much different. The Sun look quite different than they did last season; new faces, new roles and new players to compete with for playing time and perhaps roster spots.
“I was surprised at the changes and then again I wasn’t,” Faris said. “I knew they wanted a different look after what took place last season. I enjoyed playing with the players who are no longer here; they were great to be around and I wish them all the best.
“But for us [the Sun] there is only room to go up. It’s exciting because no one knows what’s going for happen. We’re a younger team now, we have a lot of energy. We don’t any excuses to be lazy or anything like that. I know everyone always says how excited they are to be someplace, but I truly am.”