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Hayes scored 25 points in the Huskies first exhibition game, and UConn does return other talented players, including senior point guard Lorin Dixon, and junior guard Kelly Faris.

But the freshmen, especially center Stefanie Dolson, guard Bria Hartley and forward Samarie Walker are expected to play key roles.

“We have to get contributions from everybody,” Moore said. “It is a new year. The old teams, the old history is gone. This is what we have. Everybody is going to come in and bring something. We can’t just depend on the reputation of the program.”