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44 minutes | a month ago
UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 181: Chicago Sky's Azurá Stevens
UConn women's basketball alum and current Chicago Sky forward/center Azurá Stevens joins the UConn Insider Podcast to check in ahead of her fourth season in the league. Stevens, whose standout 2020 season was cut short due to a knee injury, provides an offseason update from Phoenix where she was working with Sky assistant coach Olaf Lange (2:15), reflects back on the WNBA bubble experience (6:40), discusses joining the Sky and being reunited with former UConn teammate Gabby Williams (10:30) and shares her love for making TikToks (14:30). Stevens then delves into the Sky's social justice initiative from last season and the momentum the league has coming off its activism efforts from the Bradenton bubble last summer (18:00). Stevens finishes up by discussing what Chicago's addition of Candace Parker means for the Sky's championship goals and for her specifically, the food truck she started with her dad (31:00) and her lasting UConn ties and Husky pride (39:15).
44 minutes | a month ago
UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 180: Wrapping up the UConn men's & women's seasons
The Courant's Shawn McFarland, Alexa Philippou and Dom Amore wrap up the UConn men's and women's basketball seasons and provide perspective on how we should assess their 2020-21 campaigns despite such disappointing endings.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 179: Previewing the Women's Final Four
The Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland break down everything you need to know about the UConn women's basketball team's Final Four run, including how they got here, who stands in their way of a 12th national title and which players need to step up for that to happen. They also share why they’d run through a wall for Arizona’s Adia Barnes and what’s made AP National Player of the Year Paige Bueckers the most thrilling player to watch in all of college basketball this season.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 178: Paige Bueckers vs. Caitlin Clark
The Hartford Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland break down all things UConn women's basketball following the Huskies' first and second round NCAA Tournament victories in San Antonio. They also preview the upcoming Paige Bueckers-Caitlin Clark showdown in the Sweet 16, which is set to be a battle of epic proportions.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 177: Andrea Hurley talks new podcast, life as a coach's wife
Andrea Hurley, wife of UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley, stops by this week's episode of The UConn Insider podcast to talk about her new podcast 'Ball is Wife,' which pulls back the curtain on the lives of basketball coaches' wives. Along the way, she provides an update on how she and the team are faring inside the NCAA Tournament bubble in Indianapolis, what Dan is like away from the court and how it's been for her son to join the program as a walk-on.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 176: Geno has COVID-19, all things March Madness with Alex Putterman
On this week's episode of the UConn Insider Podcast, Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland are joined by COVID-19 reporter and reigning Courant bracket champion Alex Putterman to discuss Geno Auriemma's COVID-19 case and both UConn basketball teams' NCAA Tournament brackets.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 175: It's Big East Tournament time
In this week's episode of the UConn Insider Podcast, The Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland chat Big East hoops on the heels of the women's tournament and with the men's well underway. Shawn breaks down what to know about the UConn men's quarterfinal opponent, DePaul (0:50), before Alexa recaps how the UConn women played their best basketball of the season this past weekend on their way to another conference title (8:45). Then, they look at the momentum the men have built over the last week in particular (16:35) and where the women are at heading into the NCAA Tournament (23:00).
52 minutes | 2 months ago
UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 174: Talking UConn Men Bracketology with Mike DeCourcy and Jerry Palm
In this week's podcast, The Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland break down the UConn men's big win over Seton Hall and how it helps their NCAA Tournament chances (0:30). Ahead of the Big East women's tournament, Alexa shares how UConn freshmen Aaliyah Edwards and Nika Muhl are on upward trajectories and reveals who earned her regular season superlatives (9:10). In the second half of the episode (20:00), Shawn sits down with bracketologists Mike DeCourcy (FOX) and Jerry Palm (CBS) to assess where the UConn men are situated as March Madness approaches.
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