Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fun Side of Uconn Now out on Video

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fun Side of Uconn Now out on Video

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Connecticut's quest for an eighth national title brings with it a lot of expectations, anxiety and a pressure to perform on the basketball court.

Maybe that's why, off the court, the Huskies decided to do a little performing before the NCAA tournament by dressing up in wigs, visiting a local Wal-Mart and shooting a music video.

"It's just a lot of fun," said center Stefanie Dolson, who has been part of several of these team-made productions, the latest being a take on Carly Rae Jepson's song "Call Me, Maybe."

"Our team has so much fun together, so when we were all together, we wanted to make a video. It just kind of shows our personality."

Guard Caroline Doty served as the producer and director of the video, which had more than 25,000 views on YouTube as of Wednesday.

"Everybody was just being themselves," Doty said. "It was cool, because we really didn't have to edit anything out. We were just busting on ourselves. So I just had to clip different cuts that I had and put it all together."

The entire team participated in the video, which was shot over two days recently, while the campus was on spring break.

Tiffany Hayes dances in the locker room while wearing a protective book on her injured right foot. She also can be seen lying amid packages of bacon at the store. Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis are there lip syncing behind the glass doors of the milk cooler. Lauren Engeln is in a feather boa, Kiah Stokes in a blond wig and Michala Johnson wears bunny ears and a pink bikini over a black body suit.

But Doty acknowledges that the 6-foot-5 Dolson steals the show, busting moves in much of the production while dressed in a Dalmatian suit and a bee-hive style wig. Dolson also starred last year in the team's sendup of the Sun Drop soda commercial, wearing a wig and dancing around the team's hotel in Indianapolis during the Final Four.

Dolson said that while growing up, she was a bit self-conscious about her size and how other people viewed her.

"But I've grown out of that," she said. "I could just care less what other people think. You can ask anyone on this team, they think I'm the weirdest person there is. …

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