Two days after making a trip to upstate New York to demolish Colgate, Geno Auriemma's UConn Huskies will be taking their talents to the Mohegan Sun Casino, where the Florida State Seminoles (7-1) will try their luck against the undefeated Huskies.
Even though Geno might prefer to have a loss at some point during the season to "reset," there is little reason to believe it will happen at any point. Ever. So far, in just seven games, the Huskies have beaten three ranked teams by an average of 24 points, including No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 7 Ohio State on the road.
For the Huskies, it starts with incredible leadership- obviously, at the top with their coaches, but also on the roster in seniors Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson. If you put Jefferson on any other roster in the country it immediately becomes a Final Four team. Pairing her with Breanna Stewart, the best player in the country for two years running, is a cheat code- like playing multiplayer mode in Goldeneye with Oddjob and unlimited ammo for your dual RCP90s.
Both are going to finish their UConn careers with incredible numbers. Stewart has scored over 2,000 career points and recently became the first Division 1 player to achieve the unlikely feat of 300 career blocks and assists. Jefferson is just three assists away from 500 in her career.
While that pair could probably take a roster of walk-ons to the finals, they actually have the support of some of the most talented and hard-working players in the country. Junior forward Morgan Tuck, the team's third preseason AP All-American, is averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Gabby Williams has put up a double-double in three games; Williams and fellow starter Kia Nurse are scoring just under 10 points per game. Highly touted freshmen Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier have made their presence felt as well.
UConn has won 91 of its past 92 games, with the Huskies currently on a 42-game winning streak dating back to last year's regular season loss to Stanford. Right now it is the fourth-longest streak in program history. It's hard to figure out which one of those stats is more impressive.
Trying to break the streak will be a Florida State team which has yet to play a ranked opponent this season. The Seminoles are led on the court by senior center Adut Bulgak (16.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and sophomore forward Shakayla Thomas (16.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg) while junior point guard Brittany Brown (11 ppg, 5 apg, 5.6 rpg) runs the attack. They are coached by 19th-year head coach Sue Semara, who has led the Seminoles to nine 20-win seasons and won the National Coach of the Year award last year.
What's going to happen tonight? The same thing that happens every night, Pinky. The game will look deceivingly close early on until UConn goes on a tear and rips the soul out of its opponent, winning by double digits.