The Women’s Beat with Bob Joyce
And so, it begins again……AAC Media Day is in the books, now practice officially begins Tuesday for the reigning National Champions. No shock they’re the pick to win the conference or that they’ll be the preseason #1 team in the country. They should be as the Champs and what they have back. They’re loaded and ready to win title #9. Or as the folks at UConn are calling it #eyefornine.
Breanna Stewart is the choice for PreSeason Player of the Year, And from what Head Coach Geno Auriemma told us at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Stewey was actually the best player on the floor in day two of the three days he met with the National Team in Las Vegas..And very good the other two days. And that Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis more than held their own. And here’s a kicker for you, the league didn’t pick KML as a unanimous pick on the Preseason Tournament Team..Uh, last I saw, she was an All American last season right ?? And she was shocked to see she was only 100 – 3 pointers behind Diana Taurasi while leafing through the UConn Media Guide. While the seniors lead the way, a Junior and sophomore are the top two offensive threats on this team.
So this team has the biggest bullseye on them once again as the Champs. Then again, when the Jersey says UCONN on the front of it, you always have a target on your back. But one thing that this team will not deal with I believe is complacency. First off, Geno and Chris Dailey won’t even let that be an issue with the continuous strive for perfection. And with talking with the “core four” of this UConn team, that doesn’t appear to be an issue. The main issue with be how healthy will they stay ?? If they have the injury issues they had last season, well then there will be reasons for concern.
We’ll have much, much more on the team all season long…It all begins Friday at First Night when I’ll broadcast Sportstalk live from Gampel Pavilion in Storrs….Thanks for checking out the blog !