Do fans need to temper their expectations for UConn women’s basketball this season?

(WTNH)–No one is going to feel bad for the UConn women’s basketball team this season. For about the last decade, the Huskies have been pretty much guaranteed a blowout win in most of the games they’ve played.

Replacing what Geno Auriemma calls the best point guard (Moriah Jeffeson), best forward (Morgan Tuck) and best player (Breanna Stewart) in the country is going to take some time to play out. There’s no doubt the Hall of Famer has four quality players to pick up the slack, with Kia Nurse, Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Sameulsson and Naphessa Collier.

It’s not a question of if they’ll step into bigger roles– it’s just a matter of when.

“Going into games where you’re not automatically the heavy favorite is a situation we haven’t been in in a long time,” Auriemma said. “So that in and of itself is going to make everybody feel a little bit differently when we walk into a game.”

“You know, I don’t remember walking into a game in the last eight years where somebody goes, I don’t think you have a chance to win this game. Now, we’re going to hear that. That’s not bad.”

The exhibition season starts Tuesday in Storrs, as the Huskies host Indiana University of Pennsylvania. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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