Heather Buck, Caroline Doty and Kelly Faris will be honored today during Senior Day festivities at Gampel Pavilion prior to UConn facing Seton Hall. The ceremony is slated to begin at 3:40 p.m. and will be televised live on SNY.
But when is Senior Day not quite as it seems? When the schedule states that the Huskies will host Pittsburgh at the XL Center Tuesday and will play what is expected to be three games at the XL Center during the Big East tournament March 10-12 and the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament at Gampel Pavilion March 23 and 25.
Factoring in what is also expected to be two games in the NCAA Bridgeport regional at Webster Bank Arena March 30 and April 1, UConn could play eight more games in the state of Connecticut after today.
Buck, Doty and Faris are not looking ahead. Today is their day and Gampel Pavilion is where they want to celebrate it.
“It’s nice,’’ Faris said. “We’re different because we have two venues and then it depends upon the tournament and who goes where. That’s kind of how it goes. Technically, it’s not our last game. But this night, that’s what it’s meant for and that’s the way we’re going to treat it.’’
Faris has played 40 regular-season games at Gampel Pavilion (38-2) since the start of the 2009-10 season. Buck and Doty, who were true freshmen in 2008-09, have been part of 49 at the venue (47-2).
Faris has also played 27 at XL Center (25-2). That number is 35 (33-2) for Buck and Doty.
Senior Day has been held only once at the XL Center (2009) when it was the decision of Renee Montgomery, Tahirah Williams and Cassie Kerns. There was no doubt for this class that Gampel was going to be the site of this event.
“It’s our last Gampel game before the tournament, and the tournament – the Big East and the NCAA tournaments – yeah, they’re home games, but it’s a totally different mindset, focus,’’ Buck said. “It’s a different kind of feeling to those games. So having the last regular season game here … We love playing in Hartford, and it’s great. We’ve had Senior Night there before. But it really feels right when it’s in Gampel, on campus and all the students are here. This really is our home. This is where we spend all our time. This is where we are after-hours, shooting and working out and all those things. So this really is our home. So it’s a little different to have it here rather than to have it in the XL Center. And I know that those are home games, but they’re not the same.’’