When Breanna Stewart was just a freshman for the UConn Huskies women's basketball program, she made a bold statement. She wanted to win four national championships at UConn.
They were the words of an 18 year-old sounding very cocky. It's one thing to say that, it's another to back it up.
Had Stewie and the UConn women not won any of the past three championships, it would have been national news. In Connecticut, it might have even been a day of mourning, just like anytime the UConn women lose, it seems.
In Tampa last year, Stewart became very emotional after the win. Was it because she had just won three in-a-row? Or as head coach Geno Auriemma puts it, she might have realized just how hard it is to do.
Before the season, she told Jim Fuller of the New Haven Register the following statement:
"Winning one was nice, winning two was obviously nice, three was the hardest. I haven’t done four years, so I will let you know after. But you can’t win four without winning three. When I look back at that, I think, wow, we’ve had a lot of success."
Now starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, Stewart and her fellow seniors Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck (one year of eligibility) will all begin their quest for a fourth straight national title. Stewie will also be looking to pick up a fourth straight Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament trophy as well.