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Faith, science and Pilates fuel Paige Bueckers' UConn return



STORRS, Conn. -- UConn's guards are just getting started. It's an early September morning, weeks before the 2023-24 women's college basketball season opens. Loosening up just after 8 a.m., the squeaking of the players' sneakers on the practice court at Werth Champions Center intensifies.

But something is missing. Someone.

Paige Bueckers is across the hall, alone in a quiet training room. Wearing a gray T-shirt and turquoise shorts with a bun collecting her blonde hair, she kicks off her white slides and sits on a yoga mat. Her eyes are fixated on her laptop, where a virtual Pilates session with her instructor is about to start.