The Huskies will compete in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the first time since winning the championship in 2007. They defeated No. 4 Stanford, Old Dominion and No. 9 Duke in a span of four days.
The field is not as impressive this season. UConn will face Wake Forest Thursday, Marist Friday and No. 14 Purdue Saturday. But this does not mean that the experience will be any less valuable for the Huskies.
“To me, the trip and the three games that’s almost more than exactly who you’re playing because it’s hard to manufacture the kind of match-ups we had back then for whatever reason,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “There’s more tournaments now. There’s more places for people to go. As conferences get bigger then they’ve got to play more conferences games so that’s less games that they can play out of conference. So I just like the fact that we’re going down there. We’re going to get together for a couple days and we’re going to play three teams that our young guys are going to get some experience playing against.’’
Junior center Stefanie Dolson, who is not shy when it comes to having a little fun, was talking about her remarkable transformation in the bowels of Reed Arena following Sunday’s win at then-No. 16 Texas A&M. She has lost 12 pounds through a revamped diet and exercise. In particular, she took part in the grueling INSANITY workout last summer.
When Dolson was asked if she was still doing INSANITY, she glanced over to her right where Auriemma was standing and replied … “This is insanity enough.’’