Huskies expect to challenge for 8th national title

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma isn't tempering any expectations for this season's team.

A year ago, the Hall of Famer and Olympic coach was telling anyone who would listen that his Huskies were not good enough to win an eighth national championship.

They went 33-5 and lost in the national semifinals.

UConn returns four starters from that squad and brings in what is widely regarded as the nation's top recruiting class, including 6-foot-4 Breanna Stewart, the consensus national player of the year coming out of high school.

On Tuesday, Auriemma told reporters this year's team will be "really, really, really good."