Historic first on another front after the game
At Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Tuesday night, UConn was left with one mission and one mission only–win and make history.
That they did and then some. The final score was UConn 82, Syracuse 51 and it wasn’t even close.
For the record, Breanna Stewart had 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists and was named for the fourth consecutive year as the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four. It is a first for any woman or man to win three, let alone four straight years.
This was also an historic win on the coaching front, as Geno Auriemma passed the late legendary UCLA coach John Wooden with his 11th national title since 1995. Wooden accomplished his feat by winning 10 titles between 1964 to 1975.
The Lady Huskies finished 38-0 for the season, which extends their record to six seasons of being undefeated. Only the 1971-74 UCLA 88 game winning streak and the 1967-73 consecutive championships earned streak remain as distinct possibilities of being broken.
But figuring since I mostly type and post stories of men’s basketball, this story on the women’s side of the ledger was too important not to ignore. Breanna Stewart without a doubt, should do extremely well in the WNBA and hopefully will earn a much deserved slot in the upcoming Rio Olympics this coming August.
And then we will probably see the similar song and dance again on ESPN:
- The recruits from our nation’s high school earn the chance to be on the starting roster come November and every opponent will pretend that in their minds it is like a tournament game for them.
- UConn breezes through the season winning every game they play by double digits.
- The Lady Huskies earn one of the four Number 1 seeds on Selection Monday, 25 hours after the men’s draw is released to the world on CBS.
- Three weeks and a day later, will history be made again come 2017 and beyond?
This we know for sure, the future will be more interesting to watch than ever before, both for the women and especially the men.
For tonight at least, let us celebrate the Connecticut women’s basketball program and honor what they have truly accomplished. They have completely shattered the once dominant program in Tennessee and made it all their own.