The Courant's John Altavilla has kept up on the UConn roster this preseason:
Progress. That's all that matters for Jr. SF Kalana Greene when it comes to her knee. She is getting closer and closer to being back on the court. Dealing with complications has gone from frustrating to empowering. She has already had two surgeries to clean out scar tissue, but she is learning very quickly, 'that which does not kill me, only makes me stronger'.
UConn's backcourt of Sr. (State Farm All-American) PG Renee Montgomery and So. PG Lorin Dixon have been sharpening their skills with new assistant coach and former UConn Great Shea Ralph in an attempt to UConn's backcourt. Improved shooting especially from 3-land, ball-handling, and perimeter is desperately needed from this PG duo, who will be looked upon by their head coach to lead this team and set up their fellow teammates.
Hoping to avoid any type of sophomore slump, So. (AP 1st-team and State Farm All-American) SF Maya Moore took the summer to rest, relax, and come back refreshed. Moore's goals for this season include continuing where she left off on the offensive end (but with HUGE increase in trips to the FT line), improved rebounding, and stellar on- and off-the-ball defense.
UConn's frontcourt of Jr. PF Kaili McLaren and Fr. PF/C Heather Buck have been working to shore up UConn's post with assistant coach and former UConn Great Jamelle Elliott. They both are looking to lose their very bad habits. McLaren is looking to ensure she won't be on the bench during crunch time in a NCAA Final Four game ever again. Buck has learned quickly that things that she got away with against high school opponents will not work against college defenses.
It has been almost exactly one year since her surgery, but Fr. SG Caroline Doty in finally ready to put her injury out of her thoughts. Her thoughts are now focused on worrying about what is in store for her and her fellow freshman teammates in Geno's practices. She's just ready to get the season started already, and says watching from the sidelines has made her realize she needs to try some new things.