March 21, 2023 11:40 pm

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — I’ve often been a fan of March Madness.

Developing up I recall watching UConn personal it. Certain, I recall Stewie (Breanna Stewart) winning 4 in a row, but my initial memory was when Stefanie Dolson helped the Huskies win. She was my preferred UConn player increasing up.

Rapid forward to the final couple of years exactly where I’ve basically got to expertise playing in it myself. It could not have been the norm with my initial year getting in the San Antonio bubble for the reason that of COVID and final season I was coming back from injury, but it really is an awesome feeling to play on the game’s largest stage.

You perform so tough as a competitor to play in this and win at the finish of the season.

As lots of of you know this year I am out recovering from a torn ACL injury that I suffered more than the summer season. I’ve been functioning tough more than the final six-to-seven months on rehabbing. There is nonetheless a methods to go, but each and every day I am obtaining sturdy and healthier. I’ve been in a position to do a lot more basketball drills through practice, but nonetheless am a bit way from speak to.

I’ve trusted my faith and know that God does almost everything for a purpose and that is helped me via this. Even although I cannot play I’ve located other methods to aid the group. You do not see particular points when you happen to be playing and I’ve broken points down on the bench providing recommendations right here and there. I’d rather be “Player P” than “Coach P” but now I do what I can to aid us win.

I discovered final year in no way take something for granted when I went down with an injury and was fortunate sufficient to come back and play in my hometown of Minneapolis for the Final 4.

The season is extended and grueling and some people today get tired and I remind them that they are blessed to play basketball and play right here at UConn.

I also know that I can nonetheless be a constructive part model for youngsters although I am not playing. I recall when I was young attempting to get Maya Moore or Lindsay Whalen’s signature and how specific that produced me really feel. Anytime I am at games, I take a couple of minutes and take selfies with people today and sign autographs.

I can also be a part model in other methods. My injury is regrettably as well popular in women’s basketball and there are lots of other people who have gone via it. It really is a extended method and I hope my recovery can aid inspire other people to retain their faith and continue to perform tough to get back healthier.

Definitely we have a single target in thoughts and that is winning a championship, but associate head coach Chris Dailey does a fantastic job of assisting us have entertaining, as well.

The other evening we had dinner at Coach’s (Geno Auriemma’s) restaurant and played a mystery game with a pajama celebration theme exactly where we had to figure out who the “Riddler” was. Every person on the group was assigned a part and coach was on the side not playing, but stirring the pot attempting to distract every person.

There is no doubt that Amari (DeBerry) and Aaliyah (Edwards) have been the most committed to their roles and costumes.

Of course Azzi (Fudd) was the culprit we had to guess. It was a entertaining evening.

CD puts these points with each other to aid us get out of our apartments exactly where we invest most of the day watching basketball. Of course that is half the entertaining of March Madness — watching all the games. We’re specifically excited to watch our men’s group play.

Till subsequent time, go Huskies!


UConn Huskies star Paige Bueckers is checking in periodically through the NCAA Tournament. She’s nonetheless recovering from an ACL injury.


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