Geno excited for start of season
"I think every season has something that goes with the first day that is kind of a big deal," Auriemma said. "On some teams coaches can kind of sense that they are really anxious to get started and there is a real good feeling coming out of preseason. Not every preseason is the same. Some a pretty good, some are OK and some are great and some are not good at all. This year the coaches and players are really anxious to get started.
"Going in I feel pretty good. I think we have the makings of a really good team."
Auriemma also said he will take a wait and see approach before setting standards of what he expects out of highly-touted freshman Breanna Stewart.
Stewart was introduced to the crowd at Friday's First Night event and had a chance to make a major splash as she was entered in the dunking contest. However, she missed her three dunks and her fourth attempt (off an set up by Stefanie Dolson) missed as time expired and she did not make the final.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis won the 3-point shooting contest with a score of 20. The women swept the top three spots as Caroline Doty finished with 16 and Morgan Tuck 14. Omar Calhoun, the winner of the dunking contest, was the top men's 3-point finisher with a score of 13.