Huskies start sea­son with win over Col­gate

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jim Fuller

Land­ing pro­gram­chang­ing play­ers never gets old for UConn women’s bas­ket­ball coach Geno Auriemma.

Auriemma ad­mits that the joy he felt in the early 1990s when Re­becca Lobo and Pam Web­ber formed the re­cruit­ing class that would serve as the foun­da­tion for the pro­gram’s first na­tional cham­pi­onship team was sim­i­lar to that mo­ment a cou­ple of days ago when Christyn Wil­liams phoned Auriemma to tell him “I guess you guys are stuck with me for the next four years.”

Wil­liams made it of­fi­cial at a sign­ing cer­e­mony at Cen­tral Arkansas Chris­tian School in North Lit­tle Rock, Ark., on Fri­day.

Although Auriemma al­ready knew she was plan­ning to be a Husky, he tuned into a live stream of the event and couldn’t help but chuckle.

“She had a Husky dog at her thing today; she got her class­mates to wear UConn stuff,” the Hall of Fame coach said with a laugh. “This kid is pretty sharp, she has a lot on the ball and ev­ery­body loves her be­cause she has that kind of per­son­al­ity. She’s just a fun kid to be around.”

Since Tamika Wil­liams head­lined per­haps the best re­cruit­ing class in women’s col­lege bas­ket­ball his­tory in 1998, Christyn Wil­liams is the 11th player ranked No. 1 in her re­spec­tive class to sign with the Huskies. The list doesn’t even in­clude iconic UConn play­ers like Re­becca Lobo, Nyke­sha Sales, Shea Ralph or Sue Bird.

“There was a feel­ing in me that went, ‘That was

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