UConn’s streak is over.
The Huskies’ run of 111 consecutive victories and four-straight NCAA tournament championships came to an end Saturday with a 66-64 overtime loss to No. 2 seed Mississippi State in the Women’s Final Four.
It all came crashing down around them at the buzzer in the extra frame when Morgan William hit a 15-footer as time expired.
The Bulldogs led for much of the game and nearly lost it in controversial fashion when they were whistled in overtime for a questionable flagrant foul, but they resisted UConn’s comeback attempt with the buzzer-beater.
Mississippi State knew what it was like to play UConn in the tourney, too. It lost to the Huskies by 60 points last year and most thought this year wouldn’t be close either. UConn coach Geno Auriemma didn’t buy that.
“You know what? When stuff like this happens, it kind of makes me shake my head and go, `You know how many times this could have happened and it didn’t happen?'” Auriemma said. “The fact that it never happened, that doesn’t mean I went home thinking it’s never going to happen. I knew this was coming at some point.
“I’m just shocked that it took this long to get here.”
The Huskies hadn’t lost in 865 days.
It’s the end of an unbelievable run for UConn (36-1), and the curtains came down in a way befitting a streak of such huge proportions.
Miss State will play South Carolina, a winner against Stanford in the other semifinal, for the title on Monday.