The last five years of University of Connecticut women’s basketball are a statistician’s dream. How do you, for example, recover from losing a senior class that constituted the top three seniors in the 2016 WNBA Draft?
Or, for that matter, two more in the first rounds of the 2014 and 2015 Drafts?
All of that excellence, past and present, came together this evening in the Gampel Pavilion for UConn’s 66-55 win over a good South Carolina side. A cavalcade of superstars — Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, Maya Moore, Tina Charles, and even soccer star Megan Rapinoe made the game.
Connecticut fell adrift by two in the second quarter, but had one of their patented bursts near the halftime interval, scoring the last seven of the second quarter, then kept on rolling aggressively with quick ball movement, rebounding, and defense.
This year’s team, however, has been The Team Of No Stars. Sure, there’s likely to be a player or two why may play their way into being a lottery pick for the next WNBA draft, but the plain fact is that the program is awaiting its next crop of freshmen which includes Megan Walker, Andra Espinoza-Hunter, Lexi Gordon and Mikayla Coombs.
Some during this evening’s broadcast prophesied that the UConn streak may hit 200 if the current group could run the table.
The scary thing is that it just might happen.