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Ranking The UConn Women's Championship Teams: The 2014-15 Season Comes In At No. 8

When you've been in the business of winning for as long as Geno Auriemma milestones pop up regularly on the timeline that force you take inventory of what's happened and what is coming next.

And on Feb. 3, 2015, Geno Auriemma roared into another one when he won his 900th career game against Cincinnati.

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But for his Huskies, who had already won the last two national championships, that wasn't as important as the victories Aureimma still wanted to collect.

And strangely, the path to the 10th national championship was actually paved by the disappointment of a loss an overtime loss at Stanford on the second day of the season.

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Not only did that defeat end a 47-game winning streak, but laid waste to the proposition UConn was free of flaws. And after some changes that injected Morgan Tuck and freshman Kia Nurse into the starting lineup, the Huskies took flight again on another majestic path.

With a class of sparking new freshman to replace graduated All-Americans Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, the Huskies took advantage of All-American seasons from Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson, and the emergence of senior shot-blocker Kiah Stokes, to roll through a second straight undefeated regular season in the American Athletic Conference.

Prior to that, the Huskies took advantage of the chance to regain the top spot in the national polls – lost after the Stanford defeat – by No. 1 pounding South Carolina, 87-62, at Gampel Pavilion in the midst of a fierce winter storm bearing down on the east coast.

After cruising through another AAC Tournament, the Huskies rolled unabated into their Elite Eight game in Albany, N.Y., against upstart Dayton. After trailing at halftime for the first time in 83 games, the Huskies flew back on the strength of seven three-pointers from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to win, 91-70.

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At the Final Four in Tampa, the Huskies dispatched Maryland before in the national semifinals after hearing Terps coach Brenda Frese say, "I mean, aren't we tired of it. I think everyone is rooting for us."

Faced again with rival Notre Dame in the championship game, Stewart wrapped up her third straight Final Four most outstanding player award to lead the Huskies to a third straight title.

"You can't win four straight if you don't win three," Stewart said.

For picking themselves up after the early loss and reinvent themselves with new lineup combination, this national championship season is rated the eighth best in UConn history.

Stat line: Mosqueda-Lewis completed her career with an NCAA Division I record 392 three-pointers and Stokes blocked a school-record 131 shots.

Quote of the year: "The only thing I can compare UConn to in the time I have been around is UCLA … the sustained excellence, I don't know if it can ever be duplicated." – St. Francis Brooklyn coach John Thurston.

Great company: Stewart's third Final Four MVP was an achievement accomplished by one player in history -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, when he was still known as Lew Alcindor.

As The Courant counts down UConn's 10 championship teams, we want Husky fans to weigh in. Go to our Facebook page and let us know what you think. We'll take some of the most interesting opinions and run them in the paper each day.

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