They're not even the players Kim McNeill recruited.
No, the University of Hartford's first-year coach was hired away from her associate head coaching duties at Virginia at the end of May, but she's had a great impact in a relatively short period of time.
She came in preaching that the Hawks were going to be a family, and family looks out for family on and off the court. The players have bought in to her message.
At the end of November, the team McNeill inherited and calls family is off to a 6-2 start after disposing of a depleted UMass team — 75-56 — Wednesday in a game it led by as many as 33 late in the third quarter.
"We push them and we...