Last night in Dayton, OH, the UConn women's basketball team squared off with the Florida State Seminoles. At stake was a trip to the Final Four in San Antonio, TX.
Going into the game, there was little doubt as to the outcome for most who know anything about women's basketball. This was no slight to the skill level of the Seminoles team, but more about the sheer strength and dominance of the Huskies team.
Coming into the NCAA tournament, the Huskies were a perfect 33-0. To add to the impressiveness of an undefeated regular season, they managed to do this without allowing a team to even come within 10 points of winning.
UConn often won by huge blowout against some of the best teams in the country. The Huskies posted a 41 point win over the second ranked UNC Tar Heels along with two victories by over 24 points against a high ranked Notre Dame team.
During the regular season, junior forward Maya Moore and senior center Tina Charles both averaged over 18 points and eight rebounds per game. Kalana Greene and Tiffany Hayes both added over 10 points per game as well.
Over the course of their dominant run, the Huskies have scored 82.1 points per game while allowing a meager 46.1 points per game. This gives UConn an average margin of victory of 36 points per game.
By the time the NCAA tournament began, broadcasters stopped making predictions about the results of the tourney, but instead if anyone would even come close to beating UConn.
So far, the quick answer is no. Skating through the sweet sixteen, UConn won their first three games by an average of 49.3 points per game.
When their battle with Florida state was fresh underway, the winner had already been decided. The only thing to wait and see was how close Florida State would get.
Led by 20 point performances by both Maya Moore and Tina Charles, the Huskies rolled past the 'Noles by a score of 90-50. This game, between two of only eight teams left in the tourney, wasn't even decided by under 40 points.
With two more scrapes to go before they make it official, the UConn women's basketball team is a favorite to be cutting down the nets in San Antonio.
With this kind of success, it is clear that the 2010 UConn women's basketball team is the real deal. It is even reasonable to put them up there as one of the most dominant teams in college basketball history (men or women).
But it is up to them to take care of business. If they continue to play together and play hard, they will be remembered not only as national champions, but as one of the most successful college teams of all time.