Paige Bueckers is reshaping the women’s college basketball landscape. To those back home ‘she’s never changed’

Paige Bueckers is reshaping the women’s college basketball landscape. To those back home ‘she’s never changed’

MINNEAPOLIS — Paige Bueckers authored a lasting moment Monday night in Bridgeport, taking over the UConn women’s basketball team’s Elite Eight victory over NC State with a magnetism so familiar to people long central to her basketball life.

As Bueckers drained one jump shot after another through the overtimes of the Huskies’ 91-87 instant classic — daggers that sent UConn back to another Final Four and guaranteed a merry Minneapolis homecoming — her former high school coach, her former AAU coach, her father and many others from the Twin Cities area felt a sense of déjà vu.