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On this day in 1995, Geno Auriemma and Connecticut won their first women's basketball national championship with a 70-64 win over Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Lady Vols. Led by Naismith Player of the Year Rebecca Lobo and All-American Jennifer Rizzotti, the Huskies (35-0) became just the second women's basketball team in NCAA history to complete a perfect season. The title game was a rematch of UConn's 77-66 regular-season victory over then-top ranked Tennessee. After that win, UConn took over the No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history. In Minneapolis for the championship game, the Huskies rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to capture the title. The team -- which is widely credited for increasing the popularity of women's basketball -- was celebrated with a parade through the streets of Hartford that was attended by more than 100,000 fans. Rizzotti's image was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated shortly after the victory and various team members hit the talk-show circuit. UConn has since won seven more national championships and completed three additional undefeated seasons. The current Huskies are two wins away from their fourth perfect season and their ninth NCAA title. Their pursuit of perfection continues on Sunday in the Final Four in Nashville against Stanford, the team Connecticut beat in the national semifinals back in 1995.
On this day in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered a group of girls in Savannah, Ga., and formed the first troop of what is today known as the Girl Scouts. Low, an avid swimmer, rower and tennis player, and her troop went on hiking and camping trips, played basketball, learned first aid and participated in community-service activities. The allure was immediate, and by 1920, the Girl Scouts had more than 70,000 members all over the country. In 2013, there were more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts in the United States, organized troops in 92 countries and more than 59 million American women could be counted as alumni. Some notable former Girl Scouts include Rebecca Lobo, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Nancy Lopez, Janet Evans, Bonnie Blair and Venus Williams. Perhaps known best and most adoringly for their annual sale of cookies, that tradition dates back to 1917 when a troop in Oklahoma began selling homemade goodies in their school cafeteria to raise money for the troop. In 2013, 200 million boxes of cookies were sold nationwide.
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