Opinion by Caleb Bailey
When it comes to great American sports teams, it is hard not to think of the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, the UCLA Bruins of the 1970s, or the New York Yankees of today. However, there is one team today that does not get near the respect they likely should.
That team is the Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team. This team has dominated the women’s college basketball scene and it is about high time that they are treated with the respect they deserve.
Not only has this team, led by head coach Geno Auriemma, won the last three national championships and are on track for a fourth, but they hold the record for the longest win streak in college basketball, for both men’s and women’s, at 90 straight wins from 2008 to 2010, which broke the UCLA men’s team record that stood from 1971 to 1974,
But why is it that these women don’t get the recognition while a team like the Golden State Warriors, who have the chance to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record this year, or the 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats, who were undefeated up until the Final Four last year, get mainstream plug constantly?
The Huskies have won 69 straight games and are just three wins away from winning the national championship once again. Auriemma has led the team to ten national championships, 16 Final Four appearances, and 28 straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1989 to this year.
It is hard to believe that the Huskies, could be breaking their own record in the next year. It is not fair to these women, who don’t have the same opportunities after their time at the collegiate level is over.
The Huskies have a chance to do something special this year and they have to be given the recognition for it.