Contrary to what many believe, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball program does not simply attract the nation’s best players, show up for games, and dominate. There is a lot more to UConn’s incredible winning streak, which stands at 111 heading into Friday’s Final Four. To gain some perspective and insight as to how the Huskies do it, I spoke with players and coaches who have been a part of other long winning streaks (UCLA basketball, Mount Union football, UNC soccer, and more) in a story for Excelle Sports.
In a story for Excelle Sports, I look at which women’s basketball teams could pose a threat to UConn, a program that enters its conference tournament having won 104 consecutive games. Some of the people I talked to—coaches of teams that have hung with the Huskies this season, ESPN analyst Kara Lawson—said that familiarity with UConn should be helpful. Many of the top teams have faced UConn this season, but of course none have won.
As the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team prepares for its ninth straight Final Four appearance, there is no debate over the program’s dominance. The Huskies are undefeated and beating opponents by an average of 40 points this season; the next best team’s margin is 24. Last weekend, they won their Sweet 16 game by 60 points, the largest margin ever for a game that deep in the NCAA Tournament. But if you think UConn’s reign over the sport is mostly due to peerless recruiting, think again.