Excuse the Connecticut Huskies if the last six months they have been a bit dazed and confused. For the first time in any of their careers they had a summer of workouts following not getting their ultimate goal. Up until last season the oldest players on their team, senior Tiffany Hayes, redshirt juniors Caroline Doty and Heather Buck hadn’t even experienced a loss in their college career. Kelly Faris hadn’t lost a championship series since middle school.
So the pain and hurt of losing to Notre Dame, a team that they had previously beaten three times that season, in the Final Four was abundant. Pain that the UConn Women turned into sweat and tears this summer hitting the court and the pavement to make sure that the feel of despair isn’t so easy to return. Gone is Lorin Dixon and All-Everything Maya Moore. Replacing them is High School All-Everything Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, depth at the post in Kiah Stokes and a defensive stopper in Brianna Banks. So don’t weep for them because as always the UConn Huskies do not rebuild, they reload.
Picked to finish 2nd in the Big East, behind National Runner Up Notre Dame, the Huskies do not have a target on their back for the first time since 2005-2006 where Rutgers University was picked to finish first. Every other season since 1992-1993, the Huskies have been the hunted. This year, primarily because of the lost of Moore, the Huskies have their bows & arrows locked firmly on the Irish.
This season, more so, than in the last 5 years the emphasis is on teamwork and not replacing individual stats and players.