UConn Women Reach Final Four for Record Sixth Straight Season
Connecticut players pose after beating Kentucky in the women’s NCAA regional final basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn.
By Doug Feinberg
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Getting to the Final Four never gets old for Geno Auriemma and his Connecticut women’s team.
The Huskies reached the national semifinals for a record sixth straight season with an 83-53 win over Kentucky in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.
Up next will be either Notre Dame, a Big East rival the Huskies have lost to three times this season, or Duke, a squad UConn routed by 30 points in January.
Auriemma didn’t really seem to care who the Huskies play.
“Anytime you’re fortunate to play in the Final Four, you’re going to have to beat two great teams,” he said. “You don’t stumble your way into the Final Four, that’s for sure.
Whoever we play, that’s our main focus right now. Right now we have a great chance to win a national championship.”
The road to an eighth title got a bit easier for the Huskies (33-4) when defending national champion and top overall seed Baylor lost to Louisville. Still, they could face the Irish, who have eliminated them in the past two Final Fours and won seven of the past eight meetings.
UConn (2000-04) broke the record of appearing in five straight Final Fours that it shared with Stanford (‘08-12) and LSU (‘04-08).