Geno says Huskies will be challenged
STORRS — Megan Walker attended First Night at UConn in 2014, but she didn’t play. She was still just a sophomore at Monacan High School in Chesterfield, Va., undecided about where to spend the next phase of her life.
With the event wiped out last year because of roof repairs at Gampel Pavilion, Walker had to wait until Friday to participate in the festivities.
“Tonight was really fun for me,” Walker, a sophomore, said. “We got to interact with the guys team. It’s just a different year, a new start.”
“It was just a great opener,” senior Napheesa Collier added. “It was a lot of fun for us, a lot of fun for the fans.”
Friday’s annual turningof-the-page event gave an energized crowd of 5,432 its first look at the 2018-19 Huskies — a team that Geno Auriemma believes will be very different from before.
“This isn’t a couple years ago where we come out and get on a plane and fly to Ohio State and win by 50,” Auriemma said. “That’s not the kind of team we have this year.”
Auriemma, now in his 34th season at UConn, stressed that life might be a bit more difficult for the Huskies. After losing three key contributors from last