College The precursors continue By Sue Favor - October 16, 2018 College team news: UConn players are taking practice into their own hands. How Syracuse built a powerful international recruiting pipeline. Utah is ready for the season. Roster turnover and depth may lead to better chemistry for BYU. UNCW is ready to take the next step. College player news: Drake’s Maddie Monahan is ready for more this season. Deja Rawls and Ali Jaques are leading Siena. Three must-see Florida State players. Freshman Julie Ford brings athleticism to UAlbany. Sophomore Jacaira Allen has left Mississippi State. College coach news: Geno Auriemma said losing wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen to UConn. Why a top recruit’s good rapport with coach Dawn Staley could reap benefits for South Carolina. International news: Must-watch Euroleague debutantes. The Women’s Chinese Basketball Association has expanded to 18 teams and is now the largest women’s pro basketball league in the world. Kia Nurse is the WNBL player of the week. WNBA player news: Kristi Toliver is a new assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Sue Bird’s flight to the national stage.