Heather Buck is now a red shirt junior as a Center/Forward for the UConn Huskies. She started playing basketball when she was in third grade for a recreation team but admits she wasn’t very good. “I started to watch UConn games, and kind of learned by watching their games. I really started enjoying it, and soon I was playing basketball on as many teams as I could become a member of.”
As a junior Heather will be a leader to the freshmen with her work ethic. “One of the things I’ve always prided myself on is that I always work hard and I don’t give up so I will lead by example. I’ll show them that the harder you work at it, the better things will get.”
Heather’s most memorable experiences at UConn are all the little things that take place off the court. “I feel like the biggest things here are all the little things. Going through the basketball yearbook at the end of each year reflecting on the year, and the fun things we do to entertain ourselves when we are on the road, are what are the nearest and dearest memories I have.”
Heather’s most memorable basketball experience prior to UConn, was winning her high school State Championship as a sophomore. “We had lost my freshman year in overtime so to have the feeling of disappointment losing one year, and the elation of winning the next was great.”
Looking back on her decision to come to UConn, although she didn’t realize it then, Heather believes that she knew UConn was the place for her, but was a little reluctant until she felt she would be comfortable at UConn.
The transition from high school to college was with her own confidence. “In high school I was always confident, it was never a question. When I came to college that changed for me and I’ve been working to get that same confidence level back.”
Final Four Bound: “Everybody is going to have to step up, and really come together as a team. We’ve lost a lot from last year but coach doesn’t bring people here who aren’t ready to be depended on”