STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn freshmen Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson huddled together recently in a dorm room closet, waiting for their chance.
When teammate Morgan Tuck entered the room, they pounced, spraying her with fire from their Nerf guns before collapsing in laughter.
"The three of us, we've become really, really close, on the court and off the court," Stewart said. "It's usually me and Moriah against Morgan, though. We pick on her, hit her with pillows, stuff like that."
On the court, the three together are expected to pummel opponents for the next four years.
Stewart, Tuck and Jefferson make up the most heralded class to enter UConn since the 1998 group that included Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird, Asjha Jones and Swin Cash.
"They don't play like freshmen at all," said UConn center Stefanie Dolson, a junior. "They are already playing like upperclassmen. Everyone is fighting for their spot on the team and when the freshmen are playing the way they are, everyone's got to play up to that level."