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Paige Bueckers’s AP Diary: preparing for March Insanity


Mar 18, 2023

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — I’ve all the time been a fan of March Insanity.

Rising up I keep in mind watching UConn personal it. Positive, I keep in mind Stewie (Breanna Stewart) successful 4 in a row, however my first reminiscence was when Stefanie Dolson helped the Huskies win. She was my favourite UConn participant rising up.

Quick ahead to the previous few years the place I’ve truly obtained to expertise enjoying in it myself. It might not have been the norm with my first yr being within the San Antonio bubble due to COVID and final season I used to be getting back from harm, nevertheless it’s a tremendous feeling to play on the sport’s greatest stage.

You’re employed so onerous as a competitor to play on this and win on the finish of the season.

As a lot of you realize this yr I am out recovering from a torn ACL harm that I suffered over the summer season. I have been working onerous over the past six-to-seven months on rehabbing. There’s nonetheless a methods to go, however every single day I am getting sturdy and more healthy. I have been in a position to do extra basketball drills throughout apply, however nonetheless am a bit manner from contact.

I’ve trusted my religion and know that God does every part for a purpose and that is helped me by way of this. Though I can not play I’ve discovered different methods to assist the workforce. You do not see sure issues if you’re enjoying and I’ve damaged issues down on the bench giving suggestions right here and there. I would reasonably be “Participant P” than “Coach P” however now I do what I can to assist us win.

I discovered final yr by no means take something as a right after I went down with an harm and was lucky sufficient to come back again and play in my hometown of Minneapolis for the Last 4.

The season is lengthy and grueling and a few individuals get drained and I remind them that they’re blessed to play basketball and play right here at UConn.

I additionally know that I can nonetheless be a optimistic function mannequin for teenagers whereas I am not enjoying. I keep in mind after I was younger making an attempt to get Maya Moore or Lindsay Whalen’s signature and the way particular that made me really feel. Each time I am at video games, I take a couple of minutes and take selfies with individuals and signal autographs.

I can be a task mannequin in different methods. My harm is sadly too frequent in girls’s basketball and there are various others who’ve gone by way of it. It is a lengthy course of and I hope my restoration might help encourage others to maintain their religion and proceed to work onerous to get again wholesome.

Clearly we have now one aim in thoughts and that is successful a championship, however affiliate head coach Chris Dailey does a terrific job of serving to us have enjoyable, too.

The opposite night time we had dinner at Coach’s (Geno Auriemma’s) restaurant and performed a thriller sport with a pajama social gathering theme the place we had to determine who the “Riddler” was. Everybody on the workforce was assigned a task and coach was on the aspect not enjoying, however stirring the pot making an attempt to distract everybody.

There is not any doubt that Amari (DeBerry) and Aaliyah (Edwards) had been probably the most dedicated to their roles and costumes.

In fact Azzi (Fudd) was the offender we needed to guess. It was a enjoyable night time.

CD places these items collectively to assist us get out of our residences the place we spend many of the day watching basketball. In fact that’s half the enjoyable of March Insanity — watching all of the video games. We’re particularly excited to look at our males’s workforce play.

Till subsequent time, go Huskies!


UConn Huskies star Paige Bueckers is checking in periodically in the course of the NCAA Event. She’s nonetheless recovering from an ACL harm.


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