UConn celebrates another NCAA Women's Final Four


UConn celebrates another NCAA Women's Final Four

Albany

Party like it’s 1991 … and 1995 … and 1996 … and virtually every year of the current millennium.

The University of Connecticut advanced to the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four for the 20th time, including the last 12 consecutively, and the Huskies celebrated Sunday afternoon on the Times Union Center floor like they’ve never been there.

Senior Katie Lou Samuelson, coming off her worst game of the season, scored 29 points to lift UConn past Louisville 80-73 in the final of the Albany regional.

“This team has fought our way to get to this point,” said Samuelson, held to a season-low six points in Friday night’s semifinal victory over UCLA. “We experienced a lot of ups and downs this year playing-wise, close games and closes losses. To get to this point and to win the way we have, we’re just so happy, and it’s just special.”

On the road to the Final Four, this may have been UConn’s most treacherous trip yet. The Huskies won their last three NCAA games by an average of nine points, which may sound like a comfortable margin until compared to 29.2-point spread over the past 11 seasons.

“This team reminds me of that first (Final Four) team in ’91,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “None of them had been born, obviously. It was the first time that I’d gotten to experience what a bunch of kids who had no expectations on them … and the feeling in that locker room in Philadelphia when we won is one I’ll never, ever forget.”

The expectations on UConn, an 11-time national champion, haven’t dissapated, but they may be fading. Louisville (32-4) had already beaten Connecticut in the regular season and came into the regional as the top seed, the first time since 2006 that the Huskies wore their road uniforms in an Elite Eight game.

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Source: Times Unition
UConn celebrates another NCAA Women's Final Four

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