Halloween has become a day to look forward to when it comes to the Huskies and Open Practice. Two years ago, Geno Auriemma dressed up as a rapper for the team’s comical holiday event at Gampel Pavilion. Last year, the players dressed up as Superheroes during the first 10 minutes of practice, while team manager Justine Durr stole the show by wearing a suit and playing the part of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.
While the Huskies didn’t have a team event Wednesday, it was Durr again who stole the spotlight. She dressed up as associate head coach Chris Dailey, wearing a blond wig, a gray long-sleeve T-shirt and blue UConn running pants during practice. She also sipped a beverage from a coke cup. Needless to say, the players loved it.
“It was a very nice, pleasant surprise,’’ Renee Montgomery said. “She just mocked her. It was funny. She had her demeanor down pat. The diet coke, heavy ice. Yeah, that’s CD every day in practice. Everybody looked at her and started cracking up like, `oh, my goodness, that’s definitely CD.’ And when CD saw her she had to laugh because it was funny.’’
Kaili McLaren was the only player seen in costume Wednesday. She walked out of the locker room following practice in an impressive scarecrow costume. She said she wore it to class and even received extra credit on her psychology test because of it.
The Huskies had talked about collectively dressing up again this year. But collectively they opted not to. Was it because of their more business-like approach to the season?
“We usually dress up for Halloween,’’ Montgomery said. “ But this year … I don’t know. We thought about it, but then we just didn’t really bother. Everyone was like, `We’ll pass.’ I guess we’re more business like this year.’’
The one thing the Huskies will gladly wear is a piece of the net from a hoop at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. That would come after they win the national championship April 8.