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Paige Bueckers’s AP Diary: finding prepared for March Madness


Mar 18, 2023

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — I’ve normally been a fan of March Madness.

Expanding up I try to remember watching UConn personal it. Confident, I try to remember Stewie (Breanna Stewart) winning 4 in a row, but my initially memory was when Stefanie Dolson helped the Huskies win. She was my favored UConn player increasing up.

Rapid forward to the final handful of years exactly where I’ve basically got to encounter playing in it myself. It could not have been the norm with my initially year becoming in the San Antonio bubble mainly because of COVID and final season I was coming back from injury, but it really is an remarkable feeling to play on the game’s largest stage.

You operate so challenging as a competitor to play in this and win at the finish of the season.

As several of you know this year I am out recovering from a torn ACL injury that I suffered more than the summer season. I’ve been operating challenging more than the final six-to-seven months on rehabbing. There is nonetheless a strategies to go, but just about every day I am finding powerful and healthier. I’ve been capable to do much more basketball drills in the course of practice, but nonetheless am a bit way from speak to.

I’ve trusted my faith and know that God does every little thing for a explanation and that is helped me via this. Even even though I can not play I’ve located other strategies to enable the group. You never see particular issues when you happen to be playing and I’ve broken issues down on the bench providing suggestions right here and there. I’d rather be “Player P” than “Coach P” but now I do what I can to enable us win.

I discovered final year in no way take something for granted when I went down with an injury and was fortunate adequate to come back and play in my hometown of Minneapolis for the Final 4.

The season is lengthy and grueling and some folks get tired and I remind them that they are blessed to play basketball and play right here at UConn.

I also know that I can nonetheless be a optimistic part model for youngsters whilst I am not playing. I try to remember when I was young attempting to get Maya Moore or Lindsay Whalen’s signature and how specific that created me really feel. Anytime I am at games, I take a handful of minutes and take selfies with folks and sign autographs.

I can also be a part model in other strategies. My injury is however also widespread in women’s basketball and there are several other folks who have gone via it. It is a lengthy procedure and I hope my recovery can enable inspire other folks to maintain their faith and continue to operate challenging to get back healthful.

Certainly we have 1 aim in thoughts and that is winning a championship, but associate head coach Chris Dailey does a terrific job of assisting us have exciting, also.

The other evening we had dinner at Coach’s (Geno Auriemma’s) restaurant and played a mystery game with a pajama celebration theme exactly where we had to figure out who the “Riddler” was. Absolutely everyone on the group was assigned a part and coach was on the side not playing, but stirring the pot attempting to distract every person.

There is no doubt that Amari (DeBerry) and Aaliyah (Edwards) have been the most committed to their roles and costumes.

Of course Azzi (Fudd) was the culprit we had to guess. It was a exciting evening.

CD puts these issues collectively to enable us get out of our apartments exactly where we commit most of the day watching basketball. Of course that is half the exciting of March Madness — watching all the games. We’re in particular excited to watch our men’s group play.

Till subsequent time, go Huskies!


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


AP March Madness coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/march-madness and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-best-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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