With the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team just weeks away from their season home opening game against Stanford, the women are practicing harder than ever.
Head coach Geno Auriemma said at this time of year they are getting exactly what they want to see out of their returning players.
“Crystal’s way better. Lou’s gotten a lot better," Auriemma said. "Gabby, before she missed a couple days, is a lot better. So we know what we’re going to get from a skill standpoint.”
However, it isn’t just the returning players who will be seeing at center court. Sophomore Molly Bent, who played in 31 games last season, is hoping to get her chance to shine this year.
“Even as a sophomore I’m still young. Just because I have a year under my belt doesn’t mean anything’s going to be handed to me," Bent said. "I still have to work hard every day and earn the spot, earn the minutes and show the team they can trust me. Show the coaches they can trust me.”
Another player hoping to make her mark this season is freshman Megan Walker. Walker said she has worked hard for this moment. She added she's learning from Auriemma and the older girls on the team and that has made her a stronger player.
“When he talks, it just kind of makes you feel a different way than any other coach would just because of the knowledge he knows and how he explains things, so it really helps,” Walker said.
The Huskies will take on the Stanford Cardinals on Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m.
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