In today’s world, information is shared almost instantaneously and can be accessed across a multitude of mediums and through various services. Sports is no different. ESPN is king, but along with them, the CBS/Turner Company, FOX, Comcast, NESN and many more companies are able to bring sports and events from across the country to you much quicker and easier than waiting for tomorrow morning’s newspaper.
However, in this day and age, the majority of the sports coverage is male driven, as their teams and programs draw the most fans and money and therefore warrant the most coverage. Depending on who you ask, some would say this is not fair, some would say that it is, but that is not the point of this post.
With March Madness in full swing on the men’s side and all of the hype that comes with it, there is something else going on, something great. Most people don’t realize it, but we are witnessing the greatest college athletics program, arguably ever, but at least for the last decade, and it’s happening right under your noses. Know what I’m talking about?
The University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball program is hands down the greatest program in college sports over the last 20 years and that is not debatable.
National Championships: 10 (*soon to be 11 if they win in 2016)
Final Four Appearances: 15
Conference Tournament Championships: 18
Conference Regular Season Titles: 18
Longest Winning Streak in COLLEGE SPORTS: 90 games
Undefeated Seasons: 5
Geno Auriemma in his 30th season leading the Huskies has compiled a career record of 949–134. Insanity.
Currently, they are in the middle of another championship run being the overwhelming favorites in the women’s bracket this year, which would give them their 11th title in 21 years, and their 4th straight.
Every year, Auriemma is able to compile some of the best talent in the women’s game and not only get them the opportunity to play at the next level, but get them to buy into his system and win championships.
Notable players to come out of UCONN: Rebecca Lobo, Swin Cash, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, and most recently Breanna Stewart.
Even if you don’t watch women’s college basketball, the WNBA or even the Olympics, there is no doubt in my mind you have heard of most of these ladies, if not all.
With all of the attention that the men’s tournament is getting this year, and rightfully so, it is immensely entertaining and popular, the UCONN women are in the middle of their 4th straight title run, and it’ll be their 11th in 21 seasons, which is more impressive than just about everything the men’s programs have done. We live in a society where the women’s sports do not get the amount of attention and coverage the men do, but what Geno has done at UCONN is worth noting. The way his program has absolutely dominated women’s college basketball is impressive and honestly, they deserve more attention than what they are getting. The Huskies continue to raise banners in the Gampel Pavilion and they don’t care who watches.
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