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Here are a few keys, along with assorted comments, to prime the fan base for the 2013-14 UConn women’s season.
1). Show up for all conference games. Aside from Louisville, who in The American can really challenge the Huskies in league play this season?.I will tell you. Nobody. If they aren’t 17-0 in the American heading to the regular-season finale at Louisville, well, something very bad has likely prevented it.
2) Breanna Stewart is poised to become UConn’s next All-American. In fact, if things go well this season, the Huskies could have three or four by season’s end with Stef and Kaleena and Bria Hartley.
3). As for Bria Hartley, she says she will play this season with a chip on her shoulder because of all the injury trouble she suffered through last season. I would assume that chip will be as big as Montana.
4). UConn needs to wrap up the recruitment of A’ja Wilson, the high school center from South Carolina. Notre Dame is loading up. And if the football team can win a game soon, maybe UConn will get invited to play in the ACC in the next year or two and isn’t that what everyone wants? That will mean a renewal of the best rivalry in the sport right now. Wilson, a 6-5 center, is the top unsigned player and UConn needs her more than it needs another guard. You know me, I would rather write about robots than recruiting, But this is a kid UConn needs to fill the space that Dolson will leave open.
5). Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is the best perimeter player I have ever seen play for UConn. If she makes more than 118 three-pointers this season, and she very well may, they shouldn’t rewrite the record book, they should dedicate it to her.
6) Briana Pulido and Tierney Lawlor, UConn’;s two walk-ons, are likely going to play more than any two walk-ons in the history of women’s college basketball. And when the Huskies are up by 60 with three minutes to play and you see them on the floor with Kiah Stokes, Brianna Banks and either Morgan Tuck or Saniya Chong, I don’t want to hear anyone complaining about the who is on the floor at the end of games. You’ve got to play five kids, you know? By the way, I don’t mind all the Briana, Breanna, Brianna, Bria confusion. So I plan never to refer to Miss Pulido as Polly, although there is a certain sweetness to it.
7). The season hasn’t even started yet and I already miss Stefanie Dolson. Being a beat writer for women’s basketball is a lot like being a schoolteacher. You tend to get attached to some kids in a very positive way just because of their personalities and Stef makes you smile every day.
8). Last season, UConn spent Thanksgiving weekend in St. Thomas. This season, they spend it playing Boston University, Monmouth and St. Bonaventure in Connecticut. I will allow you all to draw your own conclusions.
9). I believe the toughest non-conference games on UConn’s schedule this year, in order of anxiety, will be Maryland and Duke.
10). UConn will play for its ninth national championship come April in Nashville. And I hope they play Notre Dame for the title.