Congratulations to the UConn Women’s Basketball team who earned their 10th NCAA Championship last night in a 63-53 victory over Notre Dame in a rematch of last year’s title game. It was UConn’s third consecutive championship and further cemented the Huskies as one of the most dominant forces at any level of sports. Or, as head coach Geno Auriemma put it:
I don’t compare our team to any other teams. I just know that in our sport, from 1995 to today, what we’ve done against our peers is as good, if not better, than what anybody else has done in their sport against their peers.
I’m pretty proud we’ve done it the way we’ve done it for as long as we’ve done it.
Geno is 10-0 in NCAA championship games, and it doesn’t get better than that. Or maybe it does; there’s next year’s season and the next and the next. While Kiah Stokes and Mosqueda-Lewis are both seniors, all the other players from this team will return next season, and an ever-improving Stewart will lead the team as a senior. These women are phenomenal athletes, and Auriemma and his staff help them become even better.
And yes, I bleed blue. While in grad school at UConn, I caught Husky fever; it’s hard not to when the entire state follows the men’s and women’s basketball teams. I had season tickets whenever I could scrape up the cash, and I loved going to games. So I admit a bias here, but I am not alone in saying UConn Women’s Basketball is the elite of the elite and a force to be reckoned with.
Notre Dame deserves credit, too. Their defense was as impressive as their will to win. They kept the game close and when UConn went on one of its famous runs, Notre Dame chipped away at the lead and cut it to 48-42 with less than 10 minutes remaining. Their play was stellar as was their rebounding.
But as the final buzzer sounded, UConn added 2015 to its 9 previous titles. Next season we’re looking for a 4-peat because winning is a UConn tradition.