The Best Ever?
On this day in 2002, Connecticut beat Oklahoma 82-70 to win its third women's basketball national championship. That team is widely considered the best women's college basketball has ever seen. Led by Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Williams, the Huskies completed a perfect season at 39-0. After a dominant regular season -- with a nine-point win at Virginia Tech marking the smallest margin of victory -- UConn rolled through the Big East tournament and the NCAA tournament. During its semifinal at the Alamodome in San Antonio, UConn routed archival Tennessee 79-56. In the NCAA championship game in front of a record crowd of 29,619, the Huskies and Sooners battled until the game's final minutes, when UConn pulled away behind a Taurasi three-point play and four consecutive free throws by Bird in the final 48 seconds. Cash was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player for her 20 points and 13 rebounds in the final. After the game, basketball legend and analyst Nancy Lieberman called the team the greatest squad to ever play the game. "The Huskies' starting five is the best I've ever seen -- passing, rebounding, defense and intensity," she told ESPN.com. "They have an incredible killer instinct, a feel for the game no one else has had. They play relentless for 40 minutes."
The current UConn squad, which also is undefeated, looks to continue its quest to bring home the ninth NCAA championship in program history tonight in the Elite Eight against Texas A&M.