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The Fast Break - April 5, 2021

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Weekly Rewind

The latest UConn athletics news

U Gotta See This

Video highlights

  • Paige becomes the first freshman to win a prestigious women’s college basketball’s award with Geno there to make the trophy presentation extra special:

UConn, Great Pic

Photos of UConn’s finest

Controversial no-call in UConn women’s basketball win over Baylor elicits strong reactions on social media, including LeBron who vehemently backed the Bears:

Coach’s Corner

Find out what UConn coaches are up to on and off the court

Big League Buzz

Catch up on former UConn players working across the sports world

Memory Lane

Revisit special moments in UConn sports history

While they ultimately fell short of cutting down the nets for the 12th time in program history, this year’s UConn women’s basketball team still made their 27th straight Sweet Sixteen and 13th straight Final Four to continue the legendary success that Geno’s Huskies have experienced in the Big Dance. With the entire roster returning and a loaded freshman class coming in, the Huskies are primed to keep their streaks alive and make plenty more March Madness memories like these along the way:

  • Nobody’s had a better time at the tourney than Geno’s Huskies:
  • Playing styles and hairstyles have come a long way since UConn women’s basketball first appeared in the Final Four back in 1991:

Weekly Fancast

Enjoy classic recommendations from the UConn sports vault

After beating Duke 79-78 in the Final Four two days earlier, UConn took on Georgia Tech in the 2004 National Championship. Coach Calhoun’s Huskies entered the game on an eight-game winning streak and were looking to avenge a 77-61 loss to the Yellow Jackets earlier in the season.

UConn came out strong in the first half and quickly began asserting their dominance, leading to a 41-26 advantage for the Huskies at the break. Things got a bit out of hand in the second period with UConn extending their lead to 25 as Georgia Tech had no answer for the clutch shooting and defensive prowess of the Huskies. Despite closing the gap near the end of the game, the Yellow Jackets lacked the firepower to put a win within reach. When the final whistle blew, UConn had won their second national championship in program history and did so in a much more convincing fashion than the 82-73 score indicates.

The Huskies were led by the talented tandem of Emeka Okafor (24 points, 15 rebounds) and Ben Gordon (21 points), with lights-out shooting from Rashad Anderson (18 points) also playing a huge role as their starters combined for 81 of their 82 points. UConn was able to hold Yellow Jackets leading-scorer Jarrett Jack to a measly 7 points and made more free throws (25) than Georgia Tech attempted throughout the game (21). Overall, it was an impressive performance from an all-around great team and further cemented UConn’s place among the elite programs in men’s college basketball.

Check out highlights from this incredible moment in UConn Huskies history here:

Final Play

A parting sentiment from The Fast Break team

While it’s safe to say Steven A. has his fair share of divisive opinions, this take on Paige Bueckers should have UConn fans in agreement and excited for next season:

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