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Paige Bueckers’s AP Diary: getting ready for March Madness


Mar 18, 2023

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

Rising up I never neglect watching UConn individual it. Constructive, I never neglect Stewie (Breanna Stewart) winning four in a row, but my initial memory was when Stefanie Dolson helped the Huskies win. She was my favourite UConn player growing up.

Speedy forward to the final handful of years specifically exactly where I’ve primarily got to sensible knowledge playing in it myself. It may possibly not have been the norm with my initial year becoming in the San Antonio bubble for the explanation that of COVID and final season I was coming back from injury, but it is an exceptional feeling to play on the game’s greatest stage.

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

As many of you know this year I am out recovering from a torn ACL injury that I suffered extra than the summer time season. I’ve been operating seriously challenging extra than the final six-to-seven months on rehabbing. There is nonetheless a approaches to go, but each single day I am getting robust and healthier. I’ve been in a position to do more basketball drills all through practice, but nonetheless am a bit way from make speak to with.

I’ve trusted my faith and know that God does all the items for a objective and that is helped me by suggests of this. Even even although I can not play I’ve identified other approaches to help the group. You do not see unique points when you take place to be playing and I’ve broken points down on the bench delivering suggestions suitable right here and there. I’d rather be “Player P” than “Coach P” but now I do what I can to help us win.

I found final year below no situations take a thing 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 four.

The season is extended and grueling and some persons nowadays get tired and I remind them that they are blessed to play basketball and play suitable right here at UConn.

I also know that I can nonetheless be a constructive portion model for youngsters while I am not playing. I never neglect when I was young attempting to get Maya Moore or Lindsay Whalen’s signature and how precise that developed me seriously really feel. Anytime I am at games, I take a handful of minutes and take selfies with persons nowadays and sign autographs.

I can also be a portion model in other approaches. My injury is on the other hand as nicely frequent in women’s basketball and there are many other people who have gone by suggests of it. It seriously is a extended approach and I hope my recovery can help inspire other people to retain their faith and continue to function seriously challenging to get back healthier.

Undoubtedly we have 1 unique objective in thoughts and that is winning a championship, but associate head coach Chris Dailey does a fantastic job of assisting us have enjoyable, as nicely.

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

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 enjoyable evening.

CD puts these points collectively to help us get out of our apartments specifically exactly where we invest most of the day watching basketball. Of course that is half the enjoyable of March Madness — watching all the games. We’re especially excited to watch our men’s group play.

Till subsequent time, go Huskies!


UConn Huskies star Paige Bueckers is checking in periodically all through 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-prime-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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