Geno says Huskies will be chal­lenged

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS - By Doug Bon­jour

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

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