At 5-foot-7, there have snow drifts around the UConn campus this week that are taller than freshman point guard Moriah Jefferson.
“Wow, I’ve seen a couple,’’ Jefferson said. “I was walking and I was like, `Is this real?’ I stopped and took a picture of it. The snow is different for me. In Texas, I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s fun. I like it. I like the snow. Sometimes you’re walking down the hill or coming from the dorm you almost fall. That’s not fun because it’s ice everywhere. But it’s a different experience.’’
Jefferson said she can’t remember the last time she actually saw snow. She admitted that she saw about an inch of snow once at home in Glenn Heights, Texas.
But Jefferson never has seen as much snow as Winter Storm Nemo dumped on the state last Friday and Saturday. And the people back home who have received her snow pictures are astonished.
“They’re like, `I don’t know how you do it. I couldn’t do it,’’’ Jefferson said. “It gets 50 degrees in Texas and everybody’s pulling out their huge jackets and earmuffs and gloves. It’s a lot different.’’
Jefferson is also not afraid to mix it up in a snowball fight.
“If I’m walking somebody will just hit me and then I just pick up snowballs and start throwing them at them,’’ Jefferson said. “So I don’t really like to because it makes my hands hurt. But if I have on gloves, oh yeah, I’m getting them back.’’
UConn-bound recruit and WBCA All-America Saniya Chong, a 5-9 guard from Ossining, N.Y., was not named one of the 24 McDonald’s All-Americans today.