UConn women gather for Geno Auriemma’s charity golf tournament

UConn women gather for Geno Auriemma’s charity golf tournament

WEST HARTFORD — The social media snapshots have offered fans a glimpse into the summer lives of the UConn women’s basketball team.

They were in Brooklyn when Evina Westbrook and the Minnesota Lynx visited the New York Liberty. They gathered at Mohegan Sun Arena to see Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and Gabby Williams face the Connecticut Sun. They’ve been around the state for various events and the program’s marquee names — Paige Bueckers and Azzi Fudd — mingled with Steph Curry and the NBA champion Golden State Warriors at the TD Garden in Boston.

On Tuesday, they were together at a golf course supporting their coach’s cause. Geno Auriemma skipped the media portion of his charity golf tournament because he was not feeling well, but most of his players were at the Hartford Golf Club to meet fans and chat with reporters.

Auriemma, who has a non-COVID illness, was scheduled to be part of the Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am Wednesday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell but is not participating. His absence Tuesday didn’t seem to dampen the mood for an event that raises money for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Players arrived in two groups, gathering at a court adjacent to a clubhouse in the middle of the course. Bueckers engaged with fans as she took challenges and hit shots.

“It’s obviously Coach’s fundraiser, anything we can do to support him,” Bueckers said. “Obviously him supporting others, supporting Connecticut Children’s hospital, supporting kids … we just love to be here and be part of it.”

The Huskies have been practicing in Storrs the past few weeks. The summer session has provided an opportunity for players to work on conditioning and some basketball activity, although some have been limited because of health issues.

Bueckers? The rising junior missed much of her sophomore season because of knee surgery, returning to lead UConn to the Final Four in the spring.

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