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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Olympians offer advice to UConn's incoming freshmen

UConn's incoming freshman class of Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck could be the most talented group since the group led by current U.S. Olympians Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Asjha Jones so I spoke with the three stars from UConn's Class of 2002 to give them a chance to offer advice to the newest Huskies. “Trust yourself,” Cash said. “We came in and we believed in each other and knew what we wanted to do. A lot of people took that as we were being young and cocky, actually we just wanted to help. Just trust your instincts and listen to the coaches, they definitely know what they are talking about. The biggest thing is to enjoy the moment, trust yourself and play as hard as you possibly can. Coach (Geno Auriemma) and everyone will love that.” Bird’s thoughts are pretty similar to those of her former college roommate. “Just take it all in stride, don't get caught up in the highs, don't get caught up in the lows there are going to be highs and lows, that is inevitable,” Bird said. “If it doesn't come from media and the outside people, it will probably happen in practice. Take it one day at a time and enjoy it.” Jones stressed the importance of focusing on the process and not the results in being able to make it in a pressure cooker like the one at Connecticut. “We never thought about not losing,” Jones said. “I think Coach Auriemma does a great job of making you play and live day to day. That is probably the biggest lesson I have learned coming out of that program is to put your work in, you have to be prepared. The best and most talented (team) doesn’t always win, he would always say did you win because you outworked them, you played harder or you are more talented and he challenged us like that every day.”

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