Virtually everyone loves the UConn Women’s Basketball team. They are one of the most popular teams in the American Athletic Conference. Their fans are dedicated and true. They are knowledgeable about everything Huskies. If you are reading this post, chances are you fall into this category as well. However, we bet that there are some things you don’t know about your favorite team. Don’t believe it? Consider our list of ten uncommon facts about the UConn Women’s basketball team:
1. They won over 100 games straight
After their loss to Stanford in 2014, the girls went on to win 111 games straight. During this time, they won two national championships as well. They also made history for being the first NCAA Division I women’s basketball team to win four championships in a row. The streak ended in 2017 when they lost to Mississippi State in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Tournament by a heartbreaking two points.
2. They are the most successful basketball program in the nation
Okay, we’re sure that you know that your favorite team is the best. But, do you know why that is? It’s because they’ve won a record 11 NCAA National Championships. They achieved another record when they won 4 of these championships in a row.
3. They had two of the longest winning streaks (men or women) in college basketball history
They are the owners of the two longest winning streaks in college basketball history. This holds true for both the men and women’s leagues. We’ve already discussed the first streak. The second streak lasted for 90 games and included two undefeated seasons – from 2008 to 2010. Before this streak happened, funny enough, they’d lost to Stanford. The streak was ended by Stanford as well.
4. Coach Geno has been there longer than his players have been alive
The current head coach of the Huskies, Luigi “Geno” Auriemma has been a member of the team since 1985. That’s 34 years. During that time, he’s won the distinction of being one of the best coaches in college basketball history. In fact, he has the highest winning percentage of all NCAA basketball coaches.
5. They lead in attendance for women’s basketball games
It all started during their 1994-95 season. This team was so loved, they were honored with a parade in Hartford. Over 100,000 people attended. The team also won the ESPYs Team of the Year Award that year. Since that time, fans have clamored to get into the seats at their games. They know they are guaranteed to see the true essence of a game we all love so much.
6. The beginning was rough
For their first ten years, the UConn Women’s Basketball team had one winning season. You heard that right. This pitiful performance ended when they hired Auriemma to be their head coach. His presence and training skills had an immediate impact on the team. In fact, he is the one responsible for their domination of the sport.
7. Rebecca Lobo was the first college basketball player to win the ESPYs Best Female Athlete Award
From 1992-1995, UConn’s Rebecca Lobo was considered to be one of the best in the game. When she graduated, she received numerous accolades, including (but not limited to) the Naismith College Player of the Award, the aforementioned ESPY award, and the NCAA Woman of the Year. In 2010, she became the first UConn player inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
8. The UConn-Tennessee rivalry is one of the best in college sports
It all began when the two teams went head to head for the first time at the Gampel Pavilion. In front of a sold-out crowd (and many ESPN watchers), UConn defeated the Lady Vols. It came to a head in 2007, when a bitter recruitment battle ensued between the rival teams for the #1 ranked high school player at the time, Maya Moore. Moore eventually chose UConn. But, things didn’t end there. Shortly after she confirmed her decision, Tennessee refused to participate with the annual series with UConn. This move effectively ended the rivalry, but not before Tennessee filed a complaint to the NCAA concerning UConn’s recruitment of Moore. As a result, UConn was found guilty of committing a secondary violation but they were never punished.
9. A season-ending injury couldn’t stop Nykesha Sales from setting a record
During the 97-98 season, senior Nykesha Sales suffered a terrible injury. To make things worse, the season was almost at an end and she was just one point shy of beating the school’s scoring record. Auriemma understood the pain that coming so close to a goal can cause. He arranged to have the hurt player score a basket in the next game against Villanova. To keep things fair, Villanova scored the next basket. In this way, the game started at 2-2 and she still achieved her goal.
10. Diana Taurasi scored over 3,000 points in her high school career
Taurasi comes from Chino, California where she attended Don Lugo High School. While there, she was the proud recipient of the LA Times’ Cheryl Miller Award in 2000. In the same year, she was also named Parade Magazine National and Naismith High School Player of the Year. She finished her high school career with 3,047 points, coming second only to Cheryl Miller.
The Bottom Line
The UConn Women’s Basketball team is one of the best to ever play the game. The above facts prove it once and for all. Go Huskies!