Geno Auriemma
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“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.”

Geno Leads Team USA to 6th Gold

GENO AURIEMMA BROUGHT HOME ANOTHER GOLD FOR THE USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM, WHICH WON ITS SIXTH STRAIGHT GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. The team, which included former Lady Huskies Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, and Breanna Stewart, beat Spain 101-72 in the gold medal game.

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The First Win And Birth of a Dynasty It 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.
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An 11th Title Sets a Coaching Record The 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.
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The Rematch and A 2nd Title The 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.
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A 3rd NCAA Title and an Undefeated Season With 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.
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A 4th NCAA Title and Back to Back Wins On 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.
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A Three-Peat for the Huskies The 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.
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Cutting the Nets with a 6th Championship With 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.
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It's the Alamo for A 7th NCAA Title UConn 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.
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An 8th Title and A Freshman MOP With 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.
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2 Unbeatens Collide And UConn Gets 9 Unstoppable 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.
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A Coaching Record is Matched at 10 After 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.

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The American Athletic Conference is born.
After 14 seasons as an assistant coach at UConn, Tonya Cardoza accepts the head coach job at Temple University, replacing Dawn Staley.
Former UConn player Shea Ralph is named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at UConn, joining the Huskies staff after five seasons with Pittsburgh.
UConn's Charde Houston and Mel Thomas are named to the 2007 USA Basketball Pan American Games Team. They team goes on to win gold in Rio.
UConn alum Breanna Steward is named Best Female Athlete at the 2016 ESPY awards after her third-straight nomination. Stewart also earned Best Female College Athlete honors and fellow alum Maya Moore received the award for Best WNBA Player.
At the 18th annual ESPY awards, Maya Moore is named the best female college athlete. Also nominated: Geno Auriemma for best coach and the UConn women's basketball team in two categories—best team and best record-breaking performance.
Maya Moore scores a career high 48 points, the second-highest for one person in the WNBA. A week later, she has a 40-point game .
Rebecca Lobo becomes the first Connecticut player inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, among a class of six inductees.