Lady Huskies: Hearts for History

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Lady Huskies: Hearts for History

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On April 2, 1995, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team made history by going 35 - 0 in their quest for the National championship. They defeated the Lady Vols of the University of Tennessee 70 - 64 before a crowd of 18,000 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Before the beginning of the Final Four, Coach Geno Auriemma told his players, "The other teams here are playing for a national championship. We're playing for a piece of history."

In the championship game the Huskies were trailing at the half and three of their All-American players were in foul trouble. But in the second half the Lady Huskies came out and did what they had to do to win the biggest game of their careers. Kara Wolters played strong defense down the stretch. Rebecca Lobo truly revealed why she was the consensus Player of the Year. Her teammates fed the ball to her and she took over the controls. Jennifer Rizzotti made a play that caused the game to take a definite turn. She took a rebound from Tennessee's board and with the Vol's Michelle Marciniak right with her, took the ball the length of the court and made a smooth move right before reaching the basket, crossing over to make a left-handed lay-up. Marciniak later said, "That got their momentum going."

Aside from their outstanding talent level, Coach Auriemma said, "We had that something special this season that's difficult to recapture." He had said it before, this team had heart. And with these hearts they made history.