It's that time of year, the portion of the schedule where the end of the semester and looming exams take precedence over basketball. Geno Auriemma's Huskies will face UC Davis at the XL Center Thursday night then they'll not play again for 12 days. In the interim, a lot of studying for the players while the coaches hit the recruiting trail.
“We’ll take time off to accommodate our exam schedule,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said, via SNY.com. “We’ve got Friday and Saturday off and then we’ll go Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. We’ll take Wednesday off and from there we’ll try to figure out what the team needs. Do they need another day off or two? Do they need to go a little bit harder or take a little more time off? After that we’ll try to get ready for the 17th.”
Sophomore Breanna Stewart sounds like she's in good shape heading into exams as the semester comes to a close.
“I feel good about them,” she said. “I need to meet with my tutors, finish the assignments that are due this week, and get ready for them.”
Meanwhile, the coaching staff will be beating the bushes for the next crop of potential Huskies superstars. SNY.com's Carl Adamec reports that Auriemma will be headed to California for the weekend "...to focus on a pair of high school stars -- Katie Lou Samuelson (6-foot-2 junior forward, Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Sabrina Ionescu (5-10 sophomore guard, Walnut Creek, Calif.)."
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Earlier this week, Auriemma traveled south to see another member of the U-16 team -- Kalani Brown (6-4 junior center, Slidell, La.).
The recruiting sources added that UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey will head to the Midwest to look at Haley Gorecki (6-0 junior guard, Palatine, Ill.) and Erin Boley (6-2 sophomore forward, Hodgenville, Ky.). Gorecki and Boley have made unofficial visits to UConn this fall and a source confirmed that Gorecki received a scholarship offer during her trip last month. Boley is rated No. 19 in the Class of 2016 by HoopGurlz.