UConn Women's Basketball: Maya Moore, Stefanie Dolson Too Good for Second Best

Joye Pruitt@hoopselectSenior Analyst IFebruary 1, 2011

HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 21:  Maya Moore #23 of the Connecticut celebrates in the final minutes of a win over Florida State on December 21, 2010 in Hartford, Connecticut.  Connecticut set a record with 89 straight wins without a defeat. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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It seems a little rudimentary to assume that their loss to Stanford, snapping their record-breaking streak, truly makes the UConn women’s basketball team the second best team in the rankings. But, since the AP Top 25 feels that way, this team has got to be the best No. 2 I have ever seen, NCAA Men’s basketball included in every aspect.

There are teams that, when you put them on the floor, you have a designated leader, but the players surrounding are just as great and can utilized just as often. While Maya Moore is that leader, the women playing beside her, Stefanie Dolson and Kelly Faris among others, have the power to step up at any time if needed.

They defensively wrapped up and offensively embarrassed in the first minutes of the game against No. 3 Duke to simply prove that it was not to be who was going to win, but by how much were the Huskies going to win by.

The Duke team, whose male counterparts were equally shocked by an unranked St. John’s team, could not find momentum and their lack of attention to Moore was ridiculous.

I do not have the same worries that come with college basketball territory with this team. Usually, you wonder since the team’s top performers are going to be making their way out of the roster soon, how the team shapes up in their absence.

But UConn’s legacy, especially in women’s basketball, leaves nothing to chance. They are great and will remain that way.

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