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The UConn dynasty officially began on April 2, 1995. Rebecca Lobo, arguably the most important women's player in school history, led the Huskies to a 35-0 record and the first national championship in the Geno Auriemma era. Lobo and the Huskies defeated Tennessee, 70-64, for their shining moment.
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UConn returned to college basketball's mountain top during the 1999-2000 season. Led by Shea Ralph and Sue Bird, the Huskies compiled a 35-1 record and once again beat Tennessee in the national championship game.
The 2001-2002 UConn is one of the best teams in NCAA history. Led by Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, the Huskies trounced Tennessee in the national semifinal game by 23 points.
They followed that up with an 82-70 win over Oklahoma for the championship. UConn finished the season a perfect 39-0.
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Connecticut guard Diana Taurasi holds up the trophy after their 73-68 win over Tennessee in the NCAA Women's Final Four championship game on Tuesday, April 8, 2003, in Atlanta.
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Taurasi scored 28 points to lead Connecticut. From left are Maria Conlon, Ashley Valley, Taurasi, and Ashley Battle, right.
With every starter back from a national championship team, expectations were extremely high in 2003-2004. But the Huskies struggled at times and were bounced in the semfinals in the Big East tournament.
In the NCAA tourney, they were a number two seed but rolled to the finals where they met Tennessee once again. Same story, different year. UConn beat the Lady Vols 70-61 for a third straight national championship. (AP
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The UConn team of the 2008-2009 season ruled the college basketball landscape. Behind Maya Moore, Tina Charles, and Renee Montgomery, the Huskies won the national title and finished 39-0.
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History repeated itself again. The 2009-2010 UConn team beat teams by an average of 36 points during the regular season. The rolled into the finals where they beat Stanford 53-47. UConn finished the year 39-0
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2012-2013. During the regular season UConn went 27-3 with a pair of losses to Notre Dame.
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But in the NCAA
tournament UConn rolled to a record tying eighth national
championship behind the stellar play of Stewart as well as All-Americans
Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis and Stephanie Dolson and Kelly Faris. In the semi-finals they avenged their losses to Notre Dame and crushed Louisville in the title game.
The UConn Huskies women's team clinched a seventh consecutive trip to the Final Four when they beat Texas A & M, 69-54, Monday night.
However, this program has become so powerful it doesn't even bother cutting down the nets, a longtime basketball tradition, when they celebrate berths in the Final Four.
This basketball dynasty is all about national championships and hoisting the trophy on the final day of the season. Geno Auriemma and his team are pursuing perfection once again and a record ninth national championship.
If this year's edition of the Huskies runs the table, finishes 40-0, and brings another national title back to Storrs, CT., just where will it rank among the great UConn teams?
There have been plenty of spectacular ones beginning with the Rebecca Lobo-led squad that went undefeated and captured UConn's first-ever national title in 1995. Four teams have finished as undefeated national champions.
Eight national champions in all. Which team do you think is the best?