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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Persistent Pulido excited for Senior Day at UConn

I have to admit that I'm not really sure how much to make of Saturday's "Senior Day" festivities simply because after the Tulane game there could be as many as eight games remaining in the state of Connecticut for the Huskies.

There's still going to be plenty of time for the trio of Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck to play either at Gampel for the regular-season finale against USF and first two rounds in the NCAA tournament, Mohegan Sun Arena for the American Athletic Conference tournament and Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport for the NCAA regionals.

However, for former walk-on Briana Pulido, Saturday is certainly going to be anything but an ordinary day at the office.

I just filed a story on Pulido which is much longer than my office probably prefers and it has nothing to do with the fact that the apartment complex I lived in during my Miami days is only about a mile from Gulliver Prep when Pulido was a cross country, basketball and track and field standout.

Her story is intriguing on many levels. There happens to be her ambitious goal of becoming a doctor which has resulted in Pulido balancing life as a Division I athlete with a rather challenging academic course load. The way she went from being a member of the UConn track team as a freshman to switching to the basketball court. her emotion upon hearing that she was receiving a scholarship for her senior season and how her insistence that her mom head to the hospital after losing feeling in the right side of her body just may have saved the life of her mother. Hopefully the story will all of those items will be posted on the Register's site in the next few hours.

"I am going to be really happy, my parents are going to be really happy and I just want to enjoy the night," Pulido said.

Pulido knew when she shifted over to basketball that she wasn't going to see an abundance of playing time and she has learned to make the best of the on-court time she gets both in practice and games.

"I knew that going in," Pulido said. "It wasn't really a factor for me or anything. I am on the best team in the nation, I didn't start to get 30-40 minutes, 20 minutes, not even 10, it doesn't matter to me."

It has been a challenging journey both as a student and basketball player.

"The experiences have outweighed that and doing what I have done, I haven't done so bad and I am just cutting myself some slack here," Pulido said.

UConn announced that the 1 p.m. game is a sellout. Also, SNY will be televising the Senior Day event in its entirety beginning at 12:30 p.m.



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