Few teams, if any, could have played the kind of first half the Connecticut women’s basketball team did in Tuesday’s NCAA Division I national championship game…and win.
The Huskies did not look anything like a defending national champion. They shot 17 percent from the floor, turned the ball over at will, and trailed Stanford, 20-12, at halftime.
But in the second half, Maya Moore and her teammates did what they were supposed to do – did what they were capable of.
Moore scored 18 of her game-high 23 points after intermission and Connecticut made 47 percent of its field-goal attempts.
The big second half lifted the Huskies to a 53-47 triumph over the Cardinal.
Winning back-to-back national titles is impressive enough. But what the Connecticut program has done over the last two seasons is nothing short of remarkable.
Tuesday’s win capped UConn’s second straight campaign in which it finished with an unblemished 39-0 record.
Connecticut women’s basketball. A program to be envied that provided us with an achievement to be treasured.