Snowball showdown for Huskies

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — It’s sometimes overlooked that the members of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team are just college students.

And what do college students do when there’s no class, or even if there is, and a blizzard produces 2-3 feet of snow?

They have snowball fights.

The storm cost the Huskies their practices Friday and Saturday, not that it mattered as they walloped DePaul 91-44 in Big East play at Gampel Pavilion Sunday. But the victory over the Blue Demons wasn’t the only one of the weekend for No. 3 UConn, as it also claimed a win in a snowball fight.

“It was epic. It was awesome,” UConn junior center Stefanie Dolson said. “We went against some random people. We went out in the blizzard so we couldn’t see anyone. We didn’t see who these people were. But we had an intense snowball fight with them and we won. They thought they won but we did.”

When the players got tired of throwing snow, they turned to tossing eggs as the temperatures dipped into single digits.

“That was fun. That was just us,” Dolson said. “(The eggs) froze. We split up and then our side just huddled up and they started throwing them at us. They were like rocks because they froze over. It was really bad.”

Snowball fights and egg tosses aren’t the ideal things coach Geno Auriemma would want his players to do in their spare time, but he does appreciate the bonding that comes with those kind of things.

“They like to do kids’ things,” Auriemma said. “They’re the kind of team that they enjoy their time around each other. They find things to do that make them feel like kids. They get a kick out of that. They enjoy working on their games and they enjoy each other’s company.”

As they say, girls just want to have fun.




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