April 4, 2024 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: UConn Women’s Basketball with Maria Trivelpiece

'The resiliency this team [has], you see them fighting every time [they] step on the court'

On today’s episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball, host Gigi Speer is joined by Patriot League multimedia journalist Maria Trivelpiece to talk about UConn and the BIG EAST in the Final Four, as well as sights and sounds from Cleveland so far. First, they discussed UConn’s style of play and the moment where Trivelpiece and Speer saw Final Four potential in this Huskies team.

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“They have been so exciting to watch. I think the big storylines around them is just like the resiliency that this team [has], like you see them fighting every single time [they] step on the court,” Trivelpiece said. “I think if you watch some of that Syracuse game … I was very impressed by Syracuse. But like the fight in UConn and being led by Paige Bueckers and Aaliyah Edwards, they just had something different that game. I think that was like a moment where I was like, ‘Oh, they can compete.’ I mean, people were seeing it throughout the year, but like, especially after all the adversity, that was one moment where I was like, they might have a chance at this.”

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Then, they discussed UConn’s storied history in the NCAA Tournament, and how this year compares to last year, when the Huskies also dealt with injuries and setbacks:

“It’s weird because I think like, especially when I was younger, it was just assumed that UConn was going to beat everybody by 20 points,” Trivelpiece said. “I remember covering them in the Sweet 16 last year and them almost being like an underdog and this season even more because they lost in the Sweet 16 last year. So I think that it is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in UConn basketball and despite all that they are one of the last four teams left in the country. And so I think it just really speaks to what that program is like as a whole, and what Geno Auriemma has done and what these young women have done to just completely rewrite the narrative and bring UConn basketball to what it has always been.”

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