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"One More Win"

"One More Win"

UConn's 35-0, 1994-95 Women's Basketball Team
UConn Traditions magazine, Spring 2005

In 11 seasons, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team had enjoyed just one winning season before Geno Auriemma became head coach in 1985. In Auriemma’s first season they finished 12-15. Since then they’ve never experienced another losing season.

Game by game, Auriemma taught his team how to win, consistently. Four years after he arrived, the team claimed its first Big East championship. Still, few UConn fans could have foreseen the destiny that lay ahead. In 1994-1995, the Huskies were ranked #1 in the nation for the first time in the program’s history. Their win over Tennessee in the national championship that year capped a perfect 35-0 season.

When Jim Smith was hired to revisit that magical season for UConn Traditions magazine in the spring of 2005, he interviewed Coach Auriemma and many of the members of the 1994-95 team. But his story was not only about the unprecedented success of the 94-95 team. It was also about the myriad ways that watershed season transformed public awareness of and appreciation for women’s hoop.

“I love writing sports stories,” says Jim. “They are rich in drama and always reflect the bigger human condition. This story was about much more than a team of phenomenally talented young athletes led by a coach with an inexorable vision. It was also about how the 1972 Title IX legislation fostered the conditions from which such a team could emerge. And it was about how that team, achieving something that would have been unimaginable a decade earlier, irrevocably changed the face of sports in the process.”

Click on the link at left to read "One More Win" on the UConn magazine website.

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