STORRS -- The euphoria of a third unbeaten national championship season was still in free flow when
stepped to the lectern outside the state Capitol in the spring of 2009.
Auriemma knew what everyone gathered for the victory parade wanted to hear. He gave it to them, promising not only that the Huskies would win another championship, but they would do it in the same fashion -- by not losing a game.
He wasn't exaggerating, either.
Sure enough, led by All-Americans
(18.2 points a game) and Maya Moore (18.9), the Huskies rolled to their seventh national championship, completing their fourth unbeaten season (39-0) with a victory over Stanford in San Antonio.
They became the first women's basketball team to win back-to-back national championships while going undefeated. The
men did it in 1972 and '73, finishing 30-0 both years.
In doing so, the Huskies trailed for just 56 minutes, 23 seconds, beginning the season with a 70-point win over Northeastern and ending it with a heart-stopping 53-47 victory over the Cardinal after scoring 12 points in the first half.
UConn surpassed its previous Division I women's record for consecutive victories (70) by defeating
tournament semifinals and wound up extending the number to 78.
Charles blossomed into perhaps the nation's most dominant player, graduating as the program's top scorer (2,346) and rebounder (1,367). She would become the first overall pick in the WNBA draft by the
and the league's rookie of the year.
Moore became a three-time All-American and the first
's player to surpass 2,000 career points as a junior. She has 2,168 points and 963 rebounds.