Geno Auriemma

UConn secures a ticket to its usual destination...the Final Four

UConn secures a ticket to its usual destination...the Final Four

The final seconds were ticking off the clock, Connecticut was on the cusp of yet another trip to the Final Four, and the prime-time players could finally exhale.

The starters who fueled an improbable season of perfection shared the joy. All five players took part in the same accomplishment a year ago, but this was different. This was theirs.

“It felt good that we kind of did something for ourselves,” Gabby Williams said after UConn’s 90-52 win over Oregon on Monday night.

They’ve been doing it for themselves for the past four months. The team that was considered vulnerable and beatable after last season’s leaders — Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck —...

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