Wednesday, November 17, 2010

#1 UCONN Vs. #2 Baylor...80 Straight Wins For Connecticut

The University of Connecticut women Huskies, who started this 2010-2011 season with 78 straight victories, had a tough foe last night at the XL Center in Hartford. UCONN, with five (!!) freshman, had to defeat the number two team in the nation, Baylor, who in Brittney Griner have a 6'8" center. 6'8"? OMG. Here's one of two super rookies the Huskies have, Samarie Walker, who will be a great one soon...

"I had never seen a 6-8 female person before in my life."

There aren't many females that tall in the world as we know it but UCONN found a way to win and push their winning streak to an unbelievable 80 games. That's unbelievable. The final nail biting score was 65-64 UCONN. Their coach, the incomparable Geno Auriemma, had this to say after his team's thrilling win...

"I didn't think they had it in them because they've never had to do something like this before. And I don't think they knew they had it in them either."

Geno is coach of the USA women's basketball team and will be the upcoming coach of the 2012 Olympic team. Yes, you will all know his "ugly" mug by then. Sports Illustrated has made him one of the nominees for SI's SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR award. Not bad for a guy from Philadelphia. We love him. Here's the best women's player in the nation, Maya Moore, shortly after last night's wow win...

"There was a time when I began to think, 'Well, we've never been here (in a spot like this) before. Can we do it? Well, the answer was beautiful."

80 wins in a row. Who ever dreamed ANY sports team could accomplish anything like it. Eight more will tie John Wooden's all-time record of 88 straight wins with his UCLA team of teams. But right now we here in Connecticut have OUR team, and we love them.

Click on this post's title for more on last night's heartrending but happy game in Hartford and as always, BE WELL. I mean it. 80. My goodness!


At 11/17/2010 10:08 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

It's a good thing Baylor's free throw shooting was horrendous or the home team might have been in trouble. Does UConn play any other good teams this year? Or do we have to wait until the big dance?

At 11/17/2010 1:50 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Brittany Griner had an off night (and I'm putting it mildly) at the stripe. But she took over the game until a determined UCONN comeback.

BFW, let's see. In response to your question, Connecticut has a tough schedule. They're playing something like six Top 20 teams before they can go after number 88, ten in all. This is a team with many freshmen and they've only played two games together as a unit. If anyone can meld them, it's Geno. Quite simply, he's the best.


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