It hasn’t taken long for members of the national media to secure a seat on the UConn bandwagon. The folks at Athlon magazine have ranked the Huskies No. 1, ahead of LSU, Tennessee, Rutgers and Maryland among the Top 5. Big East rivals West Virginia (14), DePaul (17), Pittsburgh (21) and Louisville (25) were also ranked. Huskies’ budding freshman star Maya Moore is pictured wearing her McDonald’s All-American uniform, while sophomore center Tina Charles is listed as a preseason second-team All-American.
With everyone back from last season’s 32-4 team that reached the Elite Eight and the addition of Moore and fleet-footed point guard Lorin Dixon, expect the Huskies to be showered with praise from all over the country. They will be a bonafide national championship contender this season.
Here are a few of the goings-on from Wednesday’s pick-up session at Gampel Pavilion: Kalana Greene showed off her range by making a 3-pointer and also her hops by effortlessly leaping to grab the rim with one hand … Moore’s highlight play can in transition as she took off up the far side, crossed over to the middle where she caught a long pass from Renee Montgomery and drained a spot-up 3-pointer. She makes you shake your head every time you see her play. No wonder Pat Summitt was a bit peeved when she signed with the Huskies. … Charde Houston is looking as trim as she has during her entire career. She moved freely in the lane both on post moves and on the drive, rebounded the ball and she too knocked in a 3-pointer. … The new and improved Kaili McLaren was one of the players who played three straight games without a rest. Her level of conditioning is going to surprise a lot of people. … Brittany Hunter must have been having one of those sore days because she did not compete.
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