“If I can be part of a team the rest of my life, then I’m going to be a lucky guy and I've tried to do that all of my life -- be part of a team.”
Going for Gold in 2016
Geno Auriemma will once again lead the USA Basketball Women's National Team into the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Finalists for the 2016 Olympic team include former Lady Huskies Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Stefanie Dolson, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi along with current Husky Breanna Stewart.
The First Win And Birth of a DynastyIt has been called the team that made women’s basketball. Led by Rebecca Lobo and fellow all-tournament team members Jen Rizzotti, Jamelle Elliott, and Kara Wolters, the Connecticut women bested Tennessee 70-64 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, capping off a perfect 35-0 season.
An 11th TitleSets a Coaching RecordThe UConn women wrapped up a sixth undefeated season by overwhelming Syracuse 82-51 for a fourth consecutive NCAA title—a Division I women's college basketball record. That makes 11 overall for Geno Auriemma, surpassing the 10-title record set by legendary UCLA coach John Wooden.
The Rematchand A 2nd TitleThe highly anticipated championship rematch between the Lady Huskies and the Lady Vols resulted in a 71-52 UConn victory for their second NCAA championship. Shea Ralph, with 15 points, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
A 3rd NCAA Titleand an Undefeated SeasonWith a dream team including Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, the Lady Huskies dispatched the Lady Vols in the semifinals and went on to notch a third championship with an 82-70 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners. With that win, UConn became the first team in NCAA history with two undefeated seasons.
A 4th NCAA Titleand Back to Back WinsOn April 8, the UConn Women bested Tennessee 73-68 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to win a second straight national championship. UConn’s Diana Taurasi, who made 20 three-pointers in the tournament, was named Most Outstanding Player.
A Three-Peatfor the HuskiesThe Lady Huskies became the second women’s college basketball team in history to win three straight titles with a 70-61 win over archrival Tennessee at New Orleans Arena. UConn’s Diana Taurasi was named Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive year.
Cutting the Netswith a 6th ChampionshipWith a team largely intact from the previous season—including All-Americans Maya Moore, Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles—the Lady Huskies posted their sixth NCAA championship, beating Louisville and capping off their third undefeated season.
It's the Alamo forA 7th NCAA TitleUConn successfully defended their title in San Antonio, Texas, beating Stanford 53-46. The win capped the team’s second consecutive undefeated season—UConn’s fourth overall and the first back-to-back undefeated seasons in NCAA history.
An 8th Title andA Freshman MOPWith a 93-60 win over Louisville Cardinals at New Orleans Arena, the most points the UConn women ever put up in a final, the Huskies tied the record set by Pat Summit’s Tennessee Vols for the most NCAA women’s basketball titles. Freshman Breanna Stewart was named the Most Outstanding Player—the first freshman to win the honor since 1987.
2 Unbeatens CollideAnd UConn Gets 9Unstoppable throughout the season behind sophomore Breanna Stewart, the UConn women beat every opponent by double digits and met undefeated Notre Dame in the final in Nashville—the first time two undefeated teams met in the championship game. UConn beat Notre Dame 79-58.
A Coaching Record is Matched at 10After a season-opening loss to Stanford, the Huskies tore through the rest of the season undefeated. Again, UConn met Notre Dame in the championship game. UConn won again, 63-53, for its second title three-peat and the 10th championship overall, tying Geno with the record set by legendary UCLA coach John Wooden.
Tina Charles breaks two UConn records during a game versus Notre Dame. Her 5th rebound makes her the all-time leading rebounder, surpassing Kerry Bascom and Nykesha Sales to become the all-time leading scorer in UConn history.
Kara Wolters joins the 30 Point Club, scoring 32 points in a conference game versus Seton Hall University.
The UConn women edge Notre Dame 78-76 at Gampel Pavilion to win their eighth consecutive Big East Conference championship.
Katie Lou Samuelson earned a piece of history during the AAC finals game vs. USF. Her 40 points made her just the third Husky to score 40 or more in a game and her perfect 10 for 10 from three is a new Division I record for consecutive 3s in a game.
The UConn women win their seventh consecutive Big East conference championship, dispatching #3 Rutgers 79-59 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT.
The Huskies defeat Rutgers 67-51 to take the Big East Tournament title for the 12th time. Barbara Turner is named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
The UConn women dominate West Virginia 60-32 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT, to win their 16th Big East championship.
The Lady Huskies defeat #2 Louisville 75-36 to take home their 15th Big East conference championship.
The Lady Huskies pull down a whopping 73 rebounds in a game versus Brooklyn.
The final game of the first women's college basketball championship is played at Illinois State University. Immaculata, the "Mighty Macs," take down West Chester State 52-48.
The Huskies net their 104th NCAA tournament win in school history in a first round rout of Robert Morris University 101-49. Coach Auriemma and former Tennessee Coach Pat Summit remain the only coaches in the NCAA Tournament 100 win-club.
In a second round tournament win over Duquesne, senior Breanna Stewart set some records in her last game at Gampel Pavilion. Her five blocks allowed her to become the first player in NCAA history with at least 400 assists and 400 blocked shots.
At the east regional semi-final, the Huskies beat Mississippi State 98-38. The victory supplanted the record 51-point win the Huskies had over Texas in the regional semifinals last year that set the NCAA record for margin of victory in the regional rounds.
The Huskies' net a victory over Texas (86-65) and punch their ticket to a 9th consecutive Final Four bid. The win makred the school's 22nd consecutive postseason win, breaking a tie with Tennessee.
Sue Bird is awarded the Wade Trophy and named national player of the year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). She also garners the Associated Press Player of the Year award.
UConn star Maya Moore is named to the AP All-American Team and becomes only the second four-time All-American.
The UConn women win it all, beating Oklahoma 82-70 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Sue Bird is 20 for 20 on free throws, one of several players to hit 100% in an NCAA tournament.