Connecticut Huskies Finish Undefeated Regular Season
The Connecticut Huskies of women’s basketball have finished yet another regular season undefeated, wrapping up a 31-0 year with Monday night’s win over #3 Louisville.
The Louisville victory was, amazingly the 10th of the year over a ranked opponent, for those detractors attempting to claim UConn must have traversed an easy schedule. Also, the Huskies have been absolutely dominant, even more than a 31-0 record would indicate.
They beat Louisville, the third ranked team in the nation, by 20 points. The game prior, they topped a ranked Rutgers team by an astounding 37 points. Earlier in the year, they beat then-#2 Duke by 22 points on the road. Their closest game all season long came back on January 13, on the road against #7 Baylor. The Huskies won by 11 points.
But 31-0 doesn’t begin to describe the excellence displayed by head coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies. This team won the national championship last season and rolled through the NCAA Tournament, winning each game by at least 18 points. They also went a record 39-0 just a few years back, in 2008-2009 and again in 2009-2010 on their way to completely undefeated seasons: an accomplishment they will attempt to replicate this season.
UConn under coach Auriemma has made the Final Four every season since 2006-2007. Their success and prowess is currently unmatched in any sport, men’s or women’s.
Of course, this year may offer a new challenge, as the Huskies are not currently the only undefeated team in women’s college basketball. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish also sit without a loss, with a record of 29-0. They finished the year with three consecutive victories over ranked opponents. Basketball fans can only hope that these two powerhouses get to face off against each other in the NCAA Tournament, with dueling undefeated records on the line.