Discussion in 'UConn Women's Basketball' started by Oldbones, Feb 12, 2018.
Is the season over already?
Personally, I think this team is really going to miss Kia and Gabby on defense next year more than some posters on this board can imagine. They are elite players in this regard in every sense. I don't care how good the incoming Freshmen are, very few learn how to play defense well enough that quickly. Kia was an exception, which earned her a starting job almost right away. And Gabby, well she truly is a Wonder Woman. The emotion that will run deep on Senior Day will come from a number of different places. As many BY's know, these two have been roommates and best friends since Day 1. They can be seen interacting with the student section at the end of every Gampel home game handling giveaways, and have been doing so for at least two years, if not longer. In many respects, they will be like sisters, leaving home and going their separate ways when the school year finally comes to a close. As much as we feel their loss as two teammates we have followed for four years, I can only imagine the emotions on the court that will be running high as they play their last regular season game together (and final game?) at Gampel. I'll be there taking it all in and praying to God I don't blubber like a baby if I see tears in their eyes.
Hopefully I will see Kia join her former teammate Morgan with the Connecticut Sun. this team is going to be a force this year and I hope the Sun can grab her.
UCONN WBB Team is multi-dimensional, but it is their defense that impresses me more than anything. Gabby Williams athleticism, and, basketball intellect is off the charts. I truly enjoy watching UCONN play defense. Not that their offense isn't amazing, but I love defense, and these girls are truly a team on defense. I wish UCONN played in the PAC12!
Kia and Gabby are irreplaceable. It will be a long while until we see talent and energy and fortitude like those two have. Other players may well endear themselves to us ( Katy Lou, Pheessa and Crystal leap out in that regards already ), but Kia and Gabby are just plain old amazing. Enjoy every minute. No one will be like them.
I'm late on this thread. But I share its sentiments deeply.
We'll always have Storrs.
Well, I'll be about 900 miles west in Indiana, but I already know the floodgates are gonna be opening that night in my house.and I suspect there will be no flood control. These two are just uber special.
Geno has enjoyed a defensive luxury this season that surely will be missed once Nurse and Williams graduate. Your opponent boasts a top perimeter threat? Put Kia on her. Neutralized. Your foe has a go-to interior player? Assign Gabby to her. Limited.
Great players, both.
Yes and Yes. Gabby has given us so many high lights, some times I just yell at the TV, Gabby Yes. Kia is the rock and both will be missed. We are blessed to have witnessed so many great players at UConn.
To a well thought out post, I would add, we will not likely be better or worse next year. Just different. I have watched UConn women's basketball for over 20 years and Kia and Gabby are two of the most unique players ever seen. Can't be replicated or replaced. Based on how each player and recruit develops, Geno likely to still use the general Huskie system but tweak it to fit the then current strengths.
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