"We are confident because this is something we know we can do," Tuck said. "We are here for a reason. And our teammates are helping us understand if we are doing things the right way. I can ask anyone and they will tell me."

The place where change promises to be most apparent is in the post, where opponents will no longer be able to pick and poke on Dolson, daring the perimeter players to do something about it.

"I was saying at practice the other day that Breanna Stewart comes into practice and she can do so many great things for us; offensively, defensively, shot-blocking," Hartley said.

"Morgan is one of those players that will fly under the radar. And Moriah is a quick, shifty guard, a little gnat on the court. She's so little that you hardly notice her and then all of a sudden she pops up. She can contribute a lot because we want to play a fast game."

They come to the program with a clear level of maturity.

"The main reason I came to UConn was my desire to play against the best players in the country," said Tuck, who Bruno compared to a mix of Nykesha Sales and Jamelle Elliott, two of UConn's all-time greats. "I visited campus the night of the Baylor game [Hartford in November 2010]. I'd never seen that many people at a college women's game and I was thinking, 'If there are so many people here to support [the Huskies], why wouldn't I want to come to the place that has the best fans here every night. The atmosphere is something no place else has."

Jefferson, home schooled in Texas, began the transition to college by taking junior college classes last season. She said she has had no trouble adapting to the regimentation of the conventional classroom or the Auriemma practice floor.

"My strength is trying to be a general on the floor,"Jefferson said. "I try to get to know my teammates as well as I can, try to know what they can do and not do and I try to get everyone in the flow of the game.

"I'm the drive, attack kind of offensive player. But being little, I have to change it up and try to be as good as a perimeter player.

"And actually, this has been exactly as I expected. I knew what Coach was like when I decided to come here and I have no problem being yelled at because I understand he's trying to get the best out of myself and the team. When he yells, all I do is try to listen to exactly what he is saying."