Dolson Solid In Hosting Beyond The Beat

DolsonCPTVSenior All-American Stefanie Dolson looked as smooth sitting in front of the camera today at Gampel Pavilion as she does taking a foul-line jumper.

Dolson had previously done a stand-up intro at a Brooklyn Cyclones game and asked members of the New York Mets some questions this summer during her internship at SNY. But today she served as the guest host of the first anniversary episode of CPTV Sports’ Beyond the Beat, asking questions and engaging in conversation with show regulars Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant, Mike DiMauro of the New London Day and WFSB 3 Sports Director Joe Zone.

The episode will air tonight at 7 and 10:30. It will be replayed Wednesday at 10 p.m., Friday at 5 a.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. It can also be found on YouTube Wednesday.

CPTV Sports is available on Comcast cable channel 966 (with Comcast Danbury, Bethel and Ridgefield on channel 256); Cox Communications cable channel 805; Cablevision channel 139; Charter channel 223; Thames Valley channel 87 and MetroCast Channel 418. The channel is also available digitally at channels 24.3 (Hartford), 49.3 (Bridgeport), 53.3 (Norwich) and 65.3 (New Haven).

“I’ve kind of tried dabbling in a lot of different things,’’ Dolson said. “And after going to SNY this summer and kind of seeing what they do and how they do it … I also saw both ends. I saw what the people do behind the camera editing the shows and making the shows and then I was with (SNY reporter) Kerith (Burke) and got to see this view of it where she’s in front of the camera talking. And I was like `I want to do that.’’’

Dolson asked the Beyond The Beat panel why reporters ask such obvious questions following games, such as “How do you feel?’’ She said that she likes golf; that fellow UConn All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis wanted to know if the media does any homework because they constantly butcher her name. Dolson also said that she would love to be called “Big Momma Stef’’ in print or during the broadcast of a game; that everyone should meet UConn Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma in their life; that the players do not like answering postgame questions sitting next to Auriemma at the dais and they try not to sit next to him; and the most hurtful thing she heard in the wake of putting bunny ears behind the head of President Obama was that she was being “disrespectful.’’

Although injuries to her right ankle and left foot denied her the opportunity to join Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley, yet another fellow UConn All-American, on the U.S. World University Games team this summer, Dolson enjoyed her time at SNY and her time today with CPTV Sports. A career as a professional basketball player is less than a year away. A career in broadcasting appears to be in her future as well.

“I think having different options in life, in general, is really just a good idea,’’ Dolson said. “Obviously, as much as I was upset that I couldn’t go to Russia and have that experience with my teammates, the other girls from other schools, I think it was a pretty solid trade off for kind of getting my foot in the door with a future career.

“I would say I’d do basketball first (after leaving UConn). Whether it’s being a sports analyst or commentator or whatever, it doesn’t have to do with my body or anything like that. Basketball, you can’t play forever. So I think I would play while I’m young and able to and my body can take it and just enjoy being overseas and the WNBA and just that whole experience and kind of from there see where it takes me and then hopefully to commentating.’’

Junior guard Brianna Banks, who underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in her right knee March 14, was working on pull-up jumpers without a brace today at Gampel Pavilion.

Sophomore Briana Pulido, a member of the UConn track and field team, is currently a walk-on with the Huskies.