UConn’s 100 Wins is About More Than Talent

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Last night, with a win over the South Carolina Gamecocks, the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Team extended its already epic win streak to 100 wins. That 100th win encompasses more than two straight years of victories, the vast majority of which were earned by beating opponents by 40 or more points. It surpasses the team’s old streak of 90 games by a nice round number of 10 and beats the longest win streak by a men’s college  basketball team by twelve. The Huskies have weathered injuries, close calls and changes in talent to reach this unprecedented mark. It’s truly awe-striking.

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WE LOVE THE MADNESS

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It’s rare that fans of women’s college basketball get to experience the madness of tournament time like those who watch the men’s tournament.  Usually, in the NCAA women’s tournament, the higher seed wins; there aren’t too many shocking upsets.  Well this year, the women have started to make up for lost time.  The upsets have come early and often and we’ve loved every minute of it.  It all started when no. 10 seed St. Bonaventure sent no. 7 seed Oklahoma State home in the first round.  Round 2 gave us more of the same when no. 6 DePaul shocked everyone by beating no. 3 Louisville.  And the underdogs only picked up steam from there.  In round 2, no. 7 Washington left us flabbergasted with their win over no. 2 Maryland, a team many predicted to make it to the Final Four.  Washington continued to bust brackets when they sent no. 3 Kentucky and no. 4 Stanford home in the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, respectively.  Not to be outdone, Tennessee’s no. 7 Lady Vols wreaked some madness of their own when they went from barely making the tournament to knocking off no. 2 Arizona State and no. 3 Ohio State on their way to the Elite Eight.  This year also saw some no. 4 seeds end the Final Four hopes of no. 1 seeds when Syracuse beat South Carolina and Stanford beat Notre Dame in the Sweet Sixteen.  It has been true madness at its finest.

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No Draft Dodging to See Here

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Did ya know, did ya know that the first round of WNBA draft was yesterday? Indeed it was. Here is the first crop of the WNBA 2015 Rookies:

1) Seattle: Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame
2) Tulsa: Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota
3) Seattle: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut
4) Connecticut: Elizabeth Williams, Duke
5) Chicago: Cheyenne Parker, Middle Tennessee State
6) San Antonio: Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest
7) Los Angeles: Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan
8) Washington: Ally Mallot, Dayton
9) New York: Brittany Boyd, California
10) Atlanta: Samantha Logic, Iowa
11) New York: Kiah Stokes, Connecticut
12) Phoenix: Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

Congrats ladies and welcome to the big leagues!!